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A couple of nerds talking about Lebanese politics.

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A couple of nerds talking about Lebanese politics.

    Episode 95 - BDL's forensic audit

    Episode 95 - BDL's forensic audit

    Discussion of the BDL forensic audit begins at 15:35.

    Ben and Nizar are joined by NERD and finance professional Mike Azar to talk through the ins and outs of the forensic audit of Banque du Liban, Lebanon's central bank.

    Also covered, the latest on coronavirus, the new lockdown, cabinet formation and the maritime border talks.

    Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheel

    • 54 min
    Episode 94 - Sanctions, delays and no accountability

    Episode 94 - Sanctions, delays and no accountability

    Ben and Nizar are back to analyze the latest happenings as Lebanon's myriad crises continue to unfold, with the US sanctioning FPM leader Gebran Bassil, the central bank refusing to hand over documents to the forensic auditor, hospitals at breaking point amid financial and coronavirus crises, and investigations into the Beirut port explosion exposing a chronic lack of accountability.

    Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheel

    • 48 min
    Episode 93 - Doing nothing *is* the policy

    Episode 93 - Doing nothing *is* the policy

    Discussion with Alain Bifani begins at 12:00.

    Nizar and Ben are joined this week by Alain Bifani, the former director general of the Ministry of Finance, to discuss the inner workings of the ministry, its importance in government formation talks, and the current political and economic crises in the country.

    Also covered, demarcation negotiations between Lebanon and Israel, coronavirus, BDL subsidies, and the lack of progress toward designating a new PM.

    Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheel

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 92 - Civil state or civil strife?

    Episode 92 - Civil state or civil strife?

    Discussion of rising sectarianism in Lebanon begins at 09:20.

    Nizar and Ben are joined by Ibrahim Halawi, teaching fellow in international relations at Royal Holloway - University of London, to analyze rising sectarian discourse, its role as part of the counterrevolution, the civil state and alternatives to the current social contract, and whether Lebanon is heading toward civil strife.

    Also discussed, coronavirus, the resignation of Adib, and stalled government formation.

    Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheel

    • 51 min
    Episode 91 - Minisode

    Episode 91 - Minisode

    Ben and Nizar are back for a mid-week minisode focusing on the two biggest issues in the country right now: the rapid rise in coronavirus and the political stalemate over forming a new Lebanese government.

    Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheel

    • 33 min
    Episode 90 - Papa Macron

    Episode 90 - Papa Macron

    Discussion of Macron's visit begins at 19:45.

    A month since the deadly explosion devasted Beirut's capital, Nizar and Ben analyse the second visit of French President Emmanuel Macron, his reform timetable, and the motives behind both France's actions in Lebanon and the seeming acquiescence of Lebanese politicians.

    Also discussed, the World Bank's assessment of the damages caused by the Beirut Port explosion, the cancelation of the Bisri Dam project, coronavirus capacities, and who exactly is Lebanon's new prime minister designate Mustapha Adib.

    Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheel

    • 40 min

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