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The Beirut Banyan Ronnie Chatah

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Storytelling and conversations, from Beirut and beyond. Subscribe from your preferred podcast platform. Support us through Paypal or Patreon.

    Ep.318 (Video): Vote with Paul & Tracy Naggear

    Ep.318 (Video): Vote with Paul & Tracy Naggear

    0:00 Intro
    0:28 Diaspora
    3:19 Expectations
    21:29 The three of us
    29:18 Justice
    36:03 Familiar terrain
    47:47 Paternal duties
    48:27 Trust
    55:09 Failure
    1:03:12 Mission
    1:16:48 Nation

    We're with Paul & Tracy Naggear for Episode 318 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/D_cZTNKPwYk

    We discuss the diaspora vote, expectations for Sunday's parliamentary elections, and the mission that bonds the three of us.

    Our conversation includes the pursuit of justice, building trust for newer names and groups demanding change, and the familiar terrain that pushes many Lebanese citizens to vote for well-established parties.

    We also talk about the needed consequence for failure, and the silence that brings a nation together.

    Paul & Tracy Naggear are political activists and the parents of Alexandra "Lexou" Naggear.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep.317 (Video): This Time Around with Fouad Makhzoumi

    Ep.317 (Video): This Time Around with Fouad Makhzoumi

    0:00 Intro
    1:41 This time around
    9:46 Policy
    16:38 Earlier attempts
    27:35 What can be done
    35:39 Repetition
    42:38 Current ambition
    49:14 The Hariri name
    58:14 Beirut 2

    We're with Fouad Makhzoumi for Episode 317 of The Beirut Banyan.

    We compare this year's parliamentary elections with 2005 and 2009 and examine what can be done that is different to earlier attempts at reform.

    Our conversation includes avoiding repetition that leads to paralysis, policies that would undermine Iran's security position in Lebanon and on the ground campaigning in Beirut.

    Fouad Makhzoumi is MP candidate in Beirut 2 district.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep.315 (Video): Back in Time with Alain Aoun

    Ep.315 (Video): Back in Time with Alain Aoun

    0:00 Intro
    5:19 2004 - 2005
    11:50 Mar Mikhael Agreement
    20:23 Sided opposition
    27:29 Sectarianism
    37:07 Fault
    50:41 Protesters
    1:02:24 Blast
    1:08:54 Baabda
    1:12:18 Iran's security in Lebanon

    We're with Alain Aoun for Episode 315 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/klKtZcfxk9Q

    We discuss the buildup to March 14, 2005, the political decisions taken in the aftermath of the Syrian army's withdrawal from Lebanon, and the wider role of sectarianism while pursuing national aspirations.

    Our conversation includes the geopolitical burden on local affairs, looking back at forced national unity, and protester demands following October 17, 2019.

    We also discuss the port blast's implications on sovereignty, a diplomatic way to challenge Iran's security needs in Lebanon, and voter concerns while campaigning in Baabda district.

    Alain Aoun is MP candidate in Baabda district.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep.314 (Video): The Program with Mounir Doumani, Petra Samaha & Rayan Charara

    Ep.314 (Video): The Program with Mounir Doumani, Petra Samaha & Rayan Charara

    0:00 Intro
    1:30 List formation
    31:17 Reform
    47:23 Fundamentally disagree
    1:43:40 Economics
    2:12:20 Post-elections

    We're with Mounir Doumani, Petra Samaha & Rayan Charara for Episode 314 of The Beirut Banyan.

    We discuss the list formation process, why previous reform attempts failed and the program offered by Citizens in a State.

    Our conversation includes a look at post-civil war economics, post-elections ambition and a healthy debate on political agency, sub-state activity, systemic failure and lost sovereignty.

    Mounir Doumani is MP candidate in Tripoli, Petra Samaha is MP candidate in Zahle & Rayan Charara is a member of Citizens in a State.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.

    • 2 hr 36 min
    Ep.316 (Video): Unique & Different with Iman Tabbara & Waddah Sadek

    Ep.316 (Video): Unique & Different with Iman Tabbara & Waddah Sadek

    0:00 Intro
    2:55 Sectarian anxiety
    11:08 One particular figure
    26:04 Voters in Beirut
    36:35 Local issues
    47:58 The message
    1:03:11 Enter parliament
    1:11:03 Expertise
    1:24:22 A system for Lebanon

    We're with Iman Tabbara & Waddah Sadek for Episode 316 of The Beirut Banyan.

    We discuss campaigning in Beirut 2 district, combating sectarian anxiety within the Sunni community and delivering the message of reform and good governance.

    Our conversation includes taking expertise in various fields to parliament, pushing through legislation when dealing with geopolitical concerns, and overcoming the exit of one particular figure from politics.

    Iman Tabbara and Waddah Sadek are MP candidates in Beirut 2 district.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep.313 (Video): Fear, Courage & Keys with Sarah Yassine

    Ep.313 (Video): Fear, Courage & Keys with Sarah Yassine

    0:00 Intro
    1:00 Personal intention
    9:24 Municipal to national elections
    20:44 National journey
    34:43 Larger list
    1:01:53 Day-to-day politics
    1:15:31 The wall

    We're with Sarah Yassine for Episode 313 of The Beirut Banyan.

    Click to watch:
    https://youtu.be/4tZTLxYRzYM

    We discuss the personal intentions for running for parliament, Madinati's journey from municipal to national elections, and why a larger unified list did not pan out for October 17 groups.

    Our conversation includes campaigning on the ground in Beirut 2, the day-to-day concerns of voters and overcoming the geopolitical burden on reform-minded politicians.

    Sarah Yassine is MP candidate in Beirut 2 district.

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    Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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Nice podcast

Great podcast! Keep it up. Speaks to us as we just left Lebanon and struggled significantly with the decision.

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Rami Yashruti ,

Excellent - Lebanon needs this!

Something Lebanon (and the region) is missing - sober and unbiased discussions about politics, culture and society. Past and present. Old and new. Spoken by a diverse group of very interesting people. Ronnie and The Beirut Banyan team have done a wonderful job highlighting issues we sometimes forget about in Lebanese society. Highly recommended podcast!

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