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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 108 - Nine months for nothing

    Episode 108 - Nine months for nothing

    Discussion on Hariri's resignation starts at 17:50.

    Ben, Nizar and Timour are back to analyse the latest in Lebanon's ongoing crisis, including protests over the lack of progress in the Beirut Port explosion investigation, potential sanctions against Lebanon's political class and our main focus, the resignation of PM-designate Saad Hariri.

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

    • 48 min
    Episode 107 - Fall into financial chaos

    Episode 107 - Fall into financial chaos

    Discussion on Lebanon's finances begins at 07:19.

    After a week packed with financial news, Ben and Timour are joined by Omar Tamo, journalist at L'Orient Today focused on banking and finance, to discuss the latest array of confusing decisions and negotiations between Lebanon's central bank and commerical banks and what it all means for ordinary depositors and Lebanon's struggling subsidy program.

    Also discussed: cabinet formation, Lebanon's new sexual harrassment law, the STL and the World Bank's latest economic monitor.

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

    • 47 min
    Episode 106 - The new opposition

    Episode 106 - The new opposition

    Discussion on the new opposition in Lebanon begins at 11:00.

    Nizar and Timo are joined this week by Hussein El Achi, lawyer, activist and secretary general of new political movement Minteshreen, to talk about the landscape of Lebanon's opposition, the dynamics of coalition forming and early projections for next year's parliamentary elections.

    Also discussed: Assad's election victory, corona in Lebanon, BDL's dwindling reserves and the Lebanese army looking for aid.

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

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 105 - Palestine

    Episode 105 - Palestine

    Discussion on Palestine starts at 11:11.

    Ben and Nizar are joined this week by Laura Albast, communications and social media manager at the Institute for Palestine Studies, to discuss Palestine, the #SaveSheikhJarrah campaign and if the momentum and solidarity in response to the latest violence can translate into improvements for Palestinians on the ground.

    Also discussed: Lebanon's covid situation, the Charbel Wehbi scandal, government formation and violence at pro-Assad rallies during Syrian expat elections.

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

    • 56 min
    Episode 104 - Data-driven dissent

    Episode 104 - Data-driven dissent

    Discussion on access to data starts at 16:20.

    Ben and Timour are joined by Assaad Thebian, co-founder and managing director of the Gherbal Initiative, a project that aims to make data visually accessible to the public, to discuss access to information in Lebanon and how data can challenge narratives and empower citizens.

    Also discussed: coronavirus, movement in the Beirut blast investigation, the Hajj Hobeiche case, investigations against Riad Salameh, the economic crisis and little progress on cabinet formation.

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

    • 56 min
    Episode 103 - The media landscape

    Episode 103 - The media landscape

    Discussion on Lebanon's media landscape begins at 15:15.

    Ben and Nizar are joined by Jean Kassir, co-founder of Megaphone, an independent news platform, to discuss Lebanon's media landscape, the constraints and failures of traditional media and the challenges facing alternative media.

    Also covered: the latest on coronavirus, port reconstruction plans, BDL's audit and cabinet formation.

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

    • 54 min

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