Category Archives: Middle East

A Map Of Female Labor Force Participation Around The World: 25% Or Less Of Lebanese Women Work

women-labor-force-participation1 [High-Res]

The numbers are taken from the most recent data from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators on female labor force participation rates, but to be honest, I find 25% a very low percentage for Lebanese women. You check out the original article [here].

That’s a jargony way of measuring the percentage of women ages 15 and up who are employed. The higher this number, the better for women (economic self-sufficiency, or at least the potential to be economically self-sufficient, is closely linked with all sorts of other basic rights) and the better for countries. Any country where it’s hard for women to work, whether because they’re pressured to stay home or because educational attainment is tougher or just because of straight-up discrimination, is effectively suppressing half of its economic potential. That makes everybody poorer and worse off. [WashingtonPost]

Lebanon Drops 5 Spots From Last Year In The Press Freedom Index 2014


Syria is the worst ranked Arab country in 177th spot (out of 180). Kuwait is the best ranked Arab country in the 91st spot.

Here’s the list of Arab Countries and their respective ranking:

Syria – 177
Saudi Arabia – 164
Bahrain – 163
Iraq – 153
Jordan – 141
Palestine – 138
Oman – 134
UAE – 118
Qatar – 113
Kuwait – 91

Lebanon had dropped 8 spots last year and 5 more spots this year. You can check the full report and World map [Here].

In Lebanon, where the media serve as the propaganda outlets of businessmen and politicians, the Syrian conflict has consolidated the existing fault line between media allied with “8 March” (the mainly Shiite movement supported by Tehran and Damascus) and media allied with “14 March” (the mainly Sunni coalition supported by Saudi Arabia against Damascus). This polarization between media that support and oppose the Syrian government has reinforced Lebanon’s social and political polarization.

FAIL: Only “Gad” Can Judge Me

via LebaneseMemes

The driver could be a Gad el Maleh fan but he better be careful because Gad is not welcome in Lebanon. In fact, his show got cancelled few years back because someone decided to edit Gad’s Wikipedia page and circulate a false picture of him fighting with the Israeli Army. Needless to say, Gad has a lot of fans in Lebanon and a lot of them made the trip to watch him live in Dubai on the 13th and 14th of February.

Lebanon Ranks 9th In The World Bank and IFC’s Doing Business 2014 Report For Arab Countries


Lebanon is way behind countries in the The Gulf Region but is still at the same position from last year. UAE and Saudi Arabia are on top of that list with a considerable margin from Bahrain in 3rd spot.

You can check out the full report [Here].

The report ranks countries based on how they perform in 11 different aspects of the business cycle: the business environment, starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.

The region as a whole ranked highest in paying taxes, getting electricity, and registering property, while coming in behind on getting credit. Regionally, the UAE placed first in five different topics: starting a business, paying taxes, registering property, getting electricity, and trading across borders.

Google Autocompletes For Countries In The Middle East (Lebanon Included)


Randal Olson, a Computer Science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, created this map of the top autocomplete words for each country in Europe after one for America arose.

Olson, who is the moderator of the r/DataIsBeautiful subbreddit and a BI contributor, also sent along the below up showing a Google autocomplete for Asia created by reddit user system637 in Hong Kong.

Google’s autocomplete suggestions come from previous searches by Google users or other places on the web. Suggestions may include relevant searches the user has done in the past (if you’re signed in and have Web History turned on). [Link]

Why is Lebanon ….? and the answer was “So Important”. So Important that almost every Lebanese wants to leave it lol!

Check out the rest of the countries [Here]. There’s also a map for America and Europe.


PayPal Not Planning To Launch in Lebanon Yet


PayPal launched in Egypt last year and Lebanon was supposedly next on the list. However, and as per their reply to Jad from the JRExpress, “there are no reasons per se why PayPal is not launching Lebanon, it’s just a matter of priorities”.

Dear Jad,
My name is Laurent Wakim and I am in charge of PayPal’s business in the MENA region.
As my colleague explained to you, when we announced the launch of PayPal services in Egypt in May, there was a misinterpretation about Lebanon’s launch. In 2012, PayPal decided to have a dedicated team focusing on the MENA region. As part of the priorities, expanding our geographic footprint is among the most important ones. That’s why we launched our business in Egypt.
Lebanon is an important market to us (and to me being Lebanese) however when PayPal looks at new opportunities, we need to prioritize them and they compete against other initiatives whether new products, new geographies, …etc. So while enabling Lebanon remains a priority for us, we don’t have any timeline that we can share. There are no reasons per se why PayPal is not launching Lebanon, it is a matter of priorities.
Thank you.
My best regards.

Saudi Arabia donates $3 Billion Dollars To The Lebanese army

This is definitely better than the Cessna 208 Caravan the Lebanese Army got from the US and the 70 Land Rovers from Britain.

“The king of the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is offering this generous and appreciated aid of $3bn to the Lebanese army to strengthen its capabilities,” Mr Sleiman said in his address. Hopefully money will go to the right place and help the army fight terrorist groups and control the situation better.

He said it was the largest assistance provided in Lebanon’s history and would be used to buy weapons from France. [BBC]

Cessna Caravan donated by the US to the Lebanese Army

Oil Money To Help the Lebanese Army but from a different source