LSE Study: Questioning The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid to Lebanon

Valentina Finckenstein, the author of this LSE Ideas study entitled "How International Aid Can Do More Harm Than Good: The Case of Lebanon", questions the effectiveness of international aid to Lebanon throughout the last three decades and how it played a role in keeping this entrenched Lebanese political structure alive, among other things. To give you an idea on how much money we're talking here, it is estimated that in the post-war period between 1993–2012,…

Lebanon Minimum Wage (in $) Has Dropped by Over 90%

The minimum wage in Lebanon is LL675,000 which was the equivalent of $450 prior to October 2019, is now worth 70$ ONLY! And given the rate at which the LIRA is deteriorating recently, it will only get worse. While dropping the 1515 peg may seem like a sound idea, this is not how it was supposed to happen, as the dollar shortage is driving the prices up and given that we need dollars to buy…

Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad is Joining The World’s Longest Zoom Meeting

The Lebanese Ministry of Information tweeted yesterday that minister Abdel Samad has received an invitation to host the longest Zoom meeting in the world that is expected to last more than 28 hours. The event is organized by Lebanon news online and is expected to achieve a Guinness World Record for the longest virtual talk through Zoom. They will be discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the meeting will include over 100 guests from the Arab…

Netflix “Inhuman Resources”: Starring Eric Cantona, Directed by Ziad Doueiri

I put "Inhuman Resources" on my to-watch list a while back because it featured Eric Cantona, but I hadn't noticed the director is Ziad Doueiri until I began streaming it. Doueiri is a Lebanese-French director whose movie "The Insult" became the first ever Lebanese movie to be shortlisted for the Oscars under the Foreign Language category. "Inhuman Resources" is a French Netflix mini-series with just six episodes. Cantona plays Alain Delambre, a 57 year old…
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The Lebanon Outsourcing Initiative by B.O.T

1 week ago
A new and exciting initiative was launched this week aimed at linking global companies to Lebanese professionals in the digital, technology, creative, finance and other fields. The [Lebanon Outsourcing Initiative], launched by Bridge. Outsource. Transform ...
Critiques

World Bank Might Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Funding After Lebanese MPs Got Vaccinated

1 week ago
The head of Lebanon’s COVID19 vaccination committee, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Bizri is set to resign today after a number of 75+ members of parliaments got vaccinated without his knowledge. World Bank Regional Director has already reacted ...
Health

Beirut’s Crisis Observatory Study: No Herd Immunity Before 2025

1 week ago
A study conducted by the Crisis Observatory at the American University of Beirut warned that Lebanon will not reach herd immunity before the summer of 2025 at this slow pace. In fact, Lebanon has only ...
BeirutBlast

Why Was Judge Sawwan Recused from Investigating the Beirut Port Blast?

2 weeks ago
The Court of Cassation decided today to recuse Judge Fadi Sawwan from investigation into the Beirut port blast case, following a memorandum submitted by former ministers Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zeaiter (both suspects) on ...
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