Over 55% Unemployment Rates In Tripoli’s Jabal Mohsen, El-Qobbeh, and Tabbaneh

UN-Habitat and UNICEF Neighborhoods 2018 studies of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen, El-Qobbeh, and Tabbaneh revealed staggering poverty rates ranging from 55 to 60 percent. In Tabbaneh for ex who's working age-population is approximately 12,750, including around 10,830 Lebanese and 1,890 non-Lebanese, 58.8% of Lebanese reported being unemployed while 62.8 percent of the non-Lebanese reported being unemployed. In terms of poverty rates, it is the highest in Jabal Mohsen at 20% followed by 13 percent in El…

A Proposal To Ban Plastic Bags in #Beirut

Two members of Beirut's municipal council have submitted a proposal aimed at banning plastic bags in Beirut starting September 1st 2019 and replacing them with reusable bags. From what I read, the proposal was approved but the hardest part remains the implementation. Last week, I posted about Beit Mery banning plastic bags and mentioned how Jbeil did the same a year before, but two blog readers informed me that plastic bags are still in use…
Critiques

You Can No Longer Issue a 1-Year Passport

3 weeks ago
The 2019 budget is almost finalized and Article 19, if passed, will drop the 1-year passport option and replace it with a 3-years passport option. Price-wise, the 1-year passport used to cost LL60,000 so a ...
Critiques

Govt Wants You to Smoke Arguile To Reduce Debt

3 weeks ago
“ألف ليرة أضيفت على كل نفس “أرغيلة” في المقاهي والفنادق”. I’m still trying to understand what they mean by “Nafass” Arguile. Are they referring to every flavored tobacco change or every Arguile order? Either way, ...
Critiques

General Lebanon Union Head Bechara el Asmar Insults Patriarch Sfeir in Leaked Video

4 weeks ago
A leaked video showing Labor Union Head Bechara el Asmar making jokes on Patriarch Sfeir has gone viral today, prompting el Asmar to issue a public apology and claim that it was a slip of ...
Art

Patriarch Sfeir’s Coffin Carved by Rudy Rahme

1 month ago
Renowned sculptor and painter Rudy Rahme carved Patriarch Sfeir’s coffin on the trunk of an olive tree from Kadish Valley and using Bkerke’s rocks. Rahme explained that the trunk bears witness to the history of ...
Art

A Poignant Graffiti to Sum Up The Kafala System

1 month ago
Protesters marched last week in Beirut against the Kafala system, urging the authorities to end this “inherently abusive” migration sponsorship system and change the labour law to offer domestic workers more protection. NGOs and local ...
Critiques

The Proposed Austerity Budget: A Recipe for Chaos

1 month ago
“Lebanons is nearing fiscal crunch”, “Lebanese PM Warns of Catastrophe”, “EBRD urges Lebanon to pursue painful economic reforms to avoid crisis”, “Lebanon Is Facing an Economic and Environmental Disaster” and “As Lebanon leaders talk austerity, ...
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What the Lebanese General Security Thinks Online Gaming Looks Like

1 month ago
The Lebanese General Security released a video to raise awareness on the dangers of online gaming and that’s what they managed to come up with. It looks as if they’re still stuck in the Counter ...
Critiques

Mansourieh Residents Have Every Right to Protest Against High Voltage Power Lines

1 month ago
I wanted to write a blogpost to sum up what’s happening in Mansourieh and what’s been happening for the past years but Gino has already done that. What I’d like to add are few points ...
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