Make The Grand Serail Wheelchair Accessible

Update: It looks like Marc's concerns were finally heard. Back in December 2018, three lawsuits were filed through Legal Agenda against the state for disrespecting its obligations in matters of accessibility of public spaces. Before that and during the municipal and parliament elections, the majority of polling stations were still ill-equipped to accommodate people with disabilities. Last week, Marc Torbey El Helou, who's a tetraplegic, shared his frustration after receiving a second visit to the…

Facade Collapse: Burj Hammoud – Nabaa

Last Thursday, pictures and videos emerged of an old building's facade collapsing in Burj Hammoud. Fortunately, the cracks were spotted ahead of time, leaving the municipal police time to evacuate the residents and set up a security perimeter, or what looks like one since there were still cars parked on the streets. This is one of several thousands of old buildings in Beirut that hasn't been maintained in years due to negligence and the never-ending…
Critiques

Corruption at Lebanese Customs Agencies Costing Almost 1 Billion Dollars Yearly

2 months ago
“Beirut port in a storm over corruption”: That was the title of an article dated October 2012 when Al Jadeed reported on what it called rampant corruption cases at the Port’s Customs Department, saying it ...
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The National Anti-Corruption Commission: Can it Work?

2 months ago
It’s no surprise that Lebanon ranks among the most corrupt countries in the world, yet all we’ve been hearing about ever since the new government was formed and even before that was the imminent need ...
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Remembering March 14, 14 Years Later

2 months ago
We all remember that glorious day, the day where over 1 million Lebanese gathered on Martyrs Square to ask for change, for a better future, for self-determination, for a free Lebanon. Unfortunately all that’s left ...
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The Story Behind The Unused Economy & Trade Ministry Cars

2 months ago
If you’ve ever looked for a parking spot next to Lazarieh building in DT Beirut, you should have probably noticed a dozen “Cherry” cars parked there and left to rot. According to this MTV report, ...
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Cement Blocks removed in front of the General Security Building in Adlieh

2 months ago
Almost 5 years after the blocks were put for security reasons on June 21, 2014, and a couple of weeks after the newly-appointed Minister of Interior And Municipalities Raya El Hassan ordered the removal of ...
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Finding A ScapeGoat For The Corruption Scandals

2 months ago
The President, the Prime Minister and the Head of parliament all vowed to intensify their crackdown on corruption following the formation of the new government, yet what we’ve seen in the past few weeks are ...
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Stinking Odors From 2016 Garbage All over #Beirut

2 months ago
If you’re still wondering about the horrible smell in #Beirut and Matn areas, it’s coming from a construction site next to Bourj Hammoud’s landfill. Part of the garbage from the landfill was apparently being transferred ...
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ISF Fined Hamra’s Kaak Seller & Destroyed His Trolley

2 months ago
The famous Kaak & Picon Seller in Hamra lost his trolley and went out of business after the ISF confiscated and destroyed it. The reason is that the seller did not have a license according ...
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