Lebanese Government Formation Commonly Used Terms

Lebanon has been without a fully functional government for over a year now, and is headed towards more chaos and poverty amid a worsening social and economic crisis. Despite all that, the political parties fighting over their shares in the new government don't seem too bothered by what's happening around them. Almost 20 meetings between Hariri and Aoun, and 13 meetings so far between Mikati and Aoun and the only useful thing that came out…

Lebanon 2022 Elections: The Six “Expats” Seats Must Be Cancelled!

The parliamentary law adopted in 2017 was the first to allow expats to cast their votes; however the rules were very poorly publicized, turnout was low, registered voters lists were leaked and the whole process turned out to be a big mess. To make things worse, this same law stated that the Lebanese diaspora will have the right to vote for 6 seats only in 2022, but it did not clarify which seats expats are…

Ration Card Program Website Crashed on its Launch Date

The $556 million ration card program was officially launched today by the Lebanese government and a website was put in place to allow people to register. However and unsurprisingly, the website has crashed and is not accessible for few hours now. The program is set to provide some 500,000 vulnerable families with cash payments of an average of $93 per family over a year period. Eligible households will receive $25 per person per month, with…

Electric Trains in Lebanon in the 1990s?

I stumbled upon this old piece of paper from 1994, with a whole page dedicated to Lebanon entering the era of electric trains, accompanied by a small map with all the train stops. The map is blurry and I couldn't find it anywhere else online but I did find a revised 2020 map of a national railway masterplan. The map was created by Train/Train, an NGO advocating for Lebanese railway rehabilitation & railway heritage preservation.…
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Items Provided by France to the Lebanese Security Forces

2 weeks ago
If you’re wondering who’s equipping the Lebanese Security Forces with anti-riot equipment to crush the anti-government protests, it’s mainly France and the list of items being sold to Lebanon is listed online on the following ...
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Lebanon’s Only Autism School Has Shut Down

3 weeks ago
Autism 123, Lebanon’s only autism school is shutting down because of the economic crisis. The main reason behind the closure is the dollar shortage whereas the school has been unable to transfer any funds to ...
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Meet Arz Zahreddine: Lebanon’s Sole Representative at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

4 weeks ago
Lebanon is making its comeback to the Paralympic Games after missing out on the last games in Rio in 2016. Arz Zahreddine, a 22-year old runner, will be the sole Lebanese at the Tokyo 2020 ...
Economics

Lebanon Has Just Received $860 Million From the IMF

1 month ago
Lebanon’s Central Bank has reportedly received its share of the IMF’s new SDR allocation, totaling $860 million. SDRs are usually meant to help low-incoming and developing countries build reserve buffers and facilitate their recovery efforts, ...
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