The Proposed Capital Control Law is a Disaster

Ever since the Lira crisis begun, all experts agreed that lawful capital control measures needed to quickly be put in place protect the remaining foreign reserves and avoid further depreciation of the Lebanese Lira. Unfortunately, the only controls that were implemented were arbitrary and illegal ones by banks. As a result, depositors were denied access to their dollars while those with enough "wasta" were able to sneak some money out of the country or their…

Over 57 Millions of Captagon Pills Coming From Lebanon Were Seized by Saudi Arabia

Last week, Saudi Arabia decided to issue a ban on all produce coming from Beirut after seizing millions of captain pills hidden inside pomegranates. Few hours later, Saudi's Center for International Communication shared an infographic showing the number of Captagon pills shipped from Lebanon over the last 12 months. As you can see below, the smugglers used grapes, pomegranates, apples and potatoes to stuff their pills. Exporting fruits and vegetables to Saudi Arabia brought in…
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The Lebanese Authorities Spent Over 400 Million Dollars to “Clean” The Litani River

6 months ago
Over 1000 billion liras were allocated by the Lebanese authorities to clean the Litani River, in addition to consuming a 55 million dollars loan from the World Bank, and the outcome was over 40 tonnes ...
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Dear France, Entry Restrictions Are Not Sanctions

6 months ago
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated yesterday that France is imposing entry restrictions on some Lebanese figures for alleged corruption or for blocking the government formation. French President Macron had already proposed an initiative ...
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Lebanon Has Two More Days To Preserve its Maritime Rights

6 months ago
Remember that famous campaign that went viral a month ago urging the Public Works Minister to sign Decree No.6433? Well he did end up signing it but the President has refused to sign it claiming ...
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BDL’s Platform Set to Introduce a Fourth Exchange Rate

7 months ago
The long-awaited BDL platform “Sayrafa 2.0” was officially launched last week and is aimed at allowing banks to buy & sell dollars and set up a unified rate that is not subject to any manipulation. ...
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Lebanon’s Public Debt Has Dropped by Over 80 Billion Dollars

7 months ago
Megaphone shared a very interesting report on how Lebanon’s public debt has dropped by over 80 billion dollars since last year, mainly due to two factors: – Eurobond prices have dropped sharply – Lebanese bonds ...
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70% Of Lebanese Want to Leave Lebanon

7 months ago
According to the below Al Jadeed report, immigration has dropped between 2019 and 2020 in Lebanon, but this is due to the pandemic, the travel restrictions as well as the economic crisis in Lebanon. In ...
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Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon Promoting Censorship

7 months ago
The Syndicate of professional artists in Lebanon issued a statement yesterday asking artists not to criticize or disrespect political parties or movements, and religious leaders. According to the statement, artists should work on promoting art ...
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UN Experts Set to Follow Up & Pressure Lebanese Authorities on Lokman Slim’s Murder

7 months ago
It’s been over two months now since Lebanese publisher, political activist and commentator Lokman Slim was murdered in his car South of Lebanon and we still don’t have any leads. This is not the first ...
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