Dear France, Entry Restrictions Are Not Sanctions

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 back in September 2020 to help Lebanon out of its crisis but it died out. Having said that, preventing politicians from entering France is not a punishment, and is not a serious move by the French authorities to pressure the…

Lebanon Has Two More Days To Preserve its Maritime Rights

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 that the government should meet first and we still have two days before we lose our right to negotiate for those additional 1,430 square kilometers. Negotiations between the Israeli & Lebanese sides are expected to resume next week and it's…
Critiques

BDL’s Platform Set to Introduce a Fourth Exchange Rate

5 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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Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon Promoting Censorship

5 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

5 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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Lebanon Must Amend Decree No.6433/2011 To Preserve its Maritime Rights

5 months ago
During the most recent maritime discussions between Lebanon and the Israeli side, the Lebanese delegation “did not recognize the already known 860-square-kilometer disputed zone but claimed 1,430 additional square kilometers that include a substantial part ...
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What Was Raoul Nehme Thinking?

5 months ago
I suppose the easiest answer is that he wasn’t thinking at all. At this point, we’re used to lousy and incompetent ministers but it’s one thing to be a lousy economy minister in such circumstances ...
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Syria’s Off Shore Oil Bloc-1 Includes Part of Lebanon’s Maritime Territory

5 months ago
While the Lebanese authorities have been in ongoing discussions over the disputed offshore area with Israel, the Syrian regime is set to start oil exploration off its southern coast in an area that includes roughly ...
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We’re Giving Advance Payments To a Broke EDL

5 months ago
Lebanese parliament approved yesterday yet another advance payment for the Electricite du Liban (EDL) in order to avoid a total blackout in the country as fuel is running out. The 200 million dollar will be ...
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This is Saad Hariri’s Proposed 18-Minister Cabinet

6 months ago
Hariri met Aoun for the 18th time today and they still failed to agree on a government. In fact, Aoun had apparently sent Hariri a list yesterday which went against Hariri’s pre-conditions for the new ...
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