Syndicate of Professional Artists in Lebanon Promoting Censorship

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 and culture and refrain from engaging in political debates as per the syndicate's internal code. Not that I'm a big fan of Lebanese artists engaging in politics, but promoting censorship under any circumstances is unacceptable. At this point, the syndicate…

UN Experts Set to Follow Up & Pressure Lebanese Authorities on Lokman Slim’s Murder

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 political murder that goes unpunished and won't be the last, but the UN is keen on unveiling the truth and for that purpose has requested three experts to follow up on this case and pressure the Lebanese authorities. Those experts…
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Lebanon Must Amend Decree No.6433/2011 To Preserve its Maritime Rights

2 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?

2 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

2 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

2 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

3 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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Some Shops Are Charging 500LL For Extra Plastic Bags

3 months ago
A video was circulating last week where a grocery shop owner was filmed asking a customer to pay LL500 for an extra plastic bag. I heard a similar story from a friend of mine at ...
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Central Bank Set to Launch Online Trading Platform To Stabilize US-LBP Rate

3 months ago
Lebanon’s central bank is set to launch an electronic foreign currency trading platform to try and stabilize the exchange rate of the US dollar to the Lebanese pound. The platform will help monitor transactions and ...
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No One Wants To Form a Government

3 months ago
16 visits in the last 6 months were not enough for Aoun and Hariri to agree on a government formation. Hariri insists on forming a non-partisan government, while Aoun insists Hariri’s proposal does not meet ...
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