The Economist Democracy Index: Lebanon Now Labeled as an “Authoritarian Regime”

More than a third of the world's population is living under authoritarian rule according to the 2021 Economist' Global Democracy Index, and only 21 countries were labeled as full democracies. Pandemic restrictions have damaged democratic freedoms in 2021 and the global democracy index score from 5.37 to a new low of 5.28 out of ten. Lebanon is one of many countries who moved from "Hybrid Regime" to "Authoritarian Regime", which is the worst ranking out…

Xposure To Sponsor Refugee Boy Photographed Reading A Book in The Garbage

Rodrigues Mghames' photo of the 10-year old boy reading in the garbage dump, which went viral on all social media channels, has been featured in this year's XPOSURE International Photography Festival, and the festival has decided in cooperation with The Big Heart Foundation, to sponsor the education of the little boy until he completes high school. Mghames, who is a Lebanese engineer and university professor, spotted Hussein outside his office, spoke to him, published his…

Over $40 Million of PCR Tests Revenues To Be Returned to Health Ministry & Lebanese University

Following Riad Tawk's TV report on the missing PCR revenues from the tests performed at the Rafik Hariri airport, Public Prosecutor at the Court of Audit Judge Fawzi Khamis has issued a decision to return all the PCR test funds to the Health Ministry and the Lebanese University. Prior to that, the airlines had transferred the PCR revenue via bank accounts . The amount to be returned exceeds $40 million dollars, even though the below…

Suspects in Beirut Blast Probe Are Running For The 2022 Elections

Nabih Berri's Amal movement has apparently decided to nominate suspects in the Beirut Blast probe Ali Hassan Khalil and Ghazi Zaaiter for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Khalil will run in the Hasbayya district while Zaaiter will run in the Baalbeck-Hermel district. Both Zaaiter & Khalil are previous MPs and ministers and are running to preserve their immunity and escape justice. Back in December 2021, Judge Bitar demanded the immediate arrest of Khalil, however the director-general…
Art

Tony Maalouf’s Contribution To Pfizer’s World Cancer Awareness Month 2022

3 months ago
As part of Pfizer’s #WorldCancerAwarenessMonth2022 campaign, Tony Maalouf (Interior Architect & Kick-ass Illustrator) produced this powerful animation to illustrate how a supporting network can make all the difference in a cancer patient’s life. This support ...
Opinions/critiques

Between Rayan’s Tragic Death & The Chilean Rescue Team’s Heroics in Beirut

3 months ago
Rescue efforts to save ‘Little Rayan” who fell into a dry well last Tuesday ended on Saturday but Rayan was declared dead shortly after being brought out. Whether he had died while trapped or not ...
Lebanon

Lebanese Nabu Museum To Return 337 Ancient Artifacts to Iraq

3 months ago
Nabu Museum was inaugurated in 2018, but little did we know that hundreds of its antiquities were actually smuggled from Iraq following the 2003 US invasion and what the years of war and instability that ...
Baladi

Four Lebanese on Forbes MENA’s Most Powerful Business Women

3 months ago
Forbes published this year’s list of MENA’s most influential and successful businesswomen and four Lebanese women made it to the list. The ranking is based on several criteria including accomplishments achieved over the last year, ...
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