We Shouldn’t Be Thanking Politicians Donating Money to Help Fight #COVID19

The fundraising initiative that MTV launched last week on Sar el Wa2et and continued yesterday culminated in over 30 billion Lebanese liras of donations, which is equivalent to roughly 20 million dollars at the official "no longer used by anyone" rate of 1515. The majority of donations were to support The Lebanese Red Cross and government hospitals confront the COVID19 crisis, amid a lack of support from a broke state. It was truly heartwarming seeing…

Is Lebanon Managing Well The COVID19 Crisis?

According to the chart published today by the AUB Global Health Institute, Lebanon is relatively doing much better than other countries, such as Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Greece and Bahrain, in containing #COVID19 till now. The chart compares the number of reported cases in each country and shows a slower trend for Lebanon, which is encouraging but a bit misleading for three reasons: - The study does not take into account the population in…
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Banks To Close Until the 29th of March

1 week ago
The Association of Banks in Lebanon went against the government’s decision and decided to close all banks until the 29th of March in light of the COVID19 crisis. The decision was taken according to ABL ...
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Lebanon COVID19 Lockdown Leaves Streets Deserted

1 week ago
As the number of coronavirus cases surpassed 100 today, Lebanese have opted to stay home and leave the streets deserted. In the mean time, the government is expected to declare a national emergency today as ...
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What Happened on the MEA Riyadh-Beirut Flight?

1 week ago
A video was circulating earlier today showing a brawl on the Mea flight coming from Riyadh. First rumors spread that some passengers were removing their masks and jokingly coughing at others but that’s not true. ...
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Energy Ministry Sets Fixed Gas Prices Despite Worldwide Drop

2 weeks ago
Oil prices are crashing worldwide due to the coronavirus spread and after Saudi Arabia launched an oil price war against Russia. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were down 22%, last trading at $35.45 ...
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COVID-19: We Need to Change Our Behavior To Avoid An Emergency Lockdown

2 weeks ago
“Cancel Everything: Social distancing is the only way to stop the coronavirus.We must start immediately“. That was the title of one of the coronavirus-related articles on The Atlantic today and it’s hard to disagree with ...
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Lebanon to Default on its Payment For the First Time Ever

2 weeks ago
It’s official, PM Hassan Diab has announced today that Lebanon is unable to pay its foreign currency loans and will default on its sovereign debt ($1.2bn Eurobond due on 9 March) for the first time ...
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Fighting Corruption: Ten Cases We Can Start With

3 weeks ago
Lebanon’s revolution against corruption continues and the long awaited judicial appointments “might” be a step in the right direction if no political interference takes place. An independent judiciary committee and a capable judiciary system have ...
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Financial Public Prosecutor Freezes Assets of Lebanese Banks’ Heads

3 weeks ago
Update: State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat has suspended a ruling by Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim on freezing the assets of 20 banks, TV networks said. Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim has put a “prevention of disposal” signal ...
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