104 episodes

A couple of nerds talking about Lebanese politics.

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A couple of nerds talking about Lebanese politics.

    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
    Episode 102 - Historical events: The Great Famine

    Episode 102 - Historical events: The Great Famine

    Discussion on Lebanon's Great Famine begins at 11:30.

    Nizar and Timour are joined by Christian Taoutel, head of the history department at the USJ to talk about Lebanon’s 1915-1918 famine and the parallels it has to the situation in the country today.

    Also discussed: coronavirus numbers on the rise, the lira fluctuating wildly, calls for resignations but no progress on cabinet formation and the latest on lifting subsidies.

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

    • 49 min
    Episode 101 - The big picture

    Episode 101 - The big picture

    Timour and Ben are joined this week by political journalist Jad Ghosn to put the news of a hectic past week in the country into context by discussing the politics underpinning it all and whether or not March 8 and March 14 still hold up as prisms with which to analyse Lebanon.

    Discussed in the episode is the rise in daily coronavirus cases, the controversy over the treatement of Dr Sandrine Atallah, protests across the country, shocking statements from security officials, the passing of the World Bank loan with Parliament's amendments, electricity on the brink of running out and cabinet formation.

    Referenced: https://www.reuters.com/article/lebanon-women-sexuality/lebanese-sexologist-lambasts-ridicule-by-childish-tv-hosts-idUSL8N2L8522

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

    • 56 min
    Episode 100 - Inequality & taxes

    Episode 100 - Inequality & taxes

    Discussion on extreme inequality in Lebanon and the country's tax system begins at 33:00.

    Ben, Nizar and Timour are joined this week by Lydia Assouad, a PhD candidate at the Paris School of Economics and research fellow at the World Inequality Lab, to discuss why levels of inequality in Lebanon are so extreme and how this inequality is reflected in Lebanon's tax system.

    Also covered: blackouts across the country, a scandal over vaccine distrubition to MPs, the protest at Bkerki and the use of terrorism charges against Tripoli protesters.

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

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 99 - Hezbollah, the Syrian regime and impunity in Lebanon

    Episode 99 - Hezbollah, the Syrian regime and impunity in Lebanon

    Discussion on Hezbollah, the Syrian regime and political impunity in Lebanon begins at 16:45.

    Nizar and Timour are joined this week by political researcher and commentator Ziad Majed to discuss the lack of accountability over political assassinations in Lebanon, the differences between the roles of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime with regard to the country and whether Hezbollah is a weak point in its history.

    Also covered: the rollout of coronavirus vaccines, the removal of Judge Fady Sawwan from the Beirut port explosion investigation and Nasrallah's take on the slaying of Lockman Slim.

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

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

RSaady ,

Excellent

The analysis is very insightful and helpful. Thanks guys for keeping the information flowing to the diaspora around the world.

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Michael from Cypress Texas

وينكن؟ وين صواتكم وين ضحكتكم وينكن ؟؟ miss you guys and your updates from that is coming from the Heart of Lebanese. Hope all is safe and looking forward to your newest episode soon I hope.

Peace,

Arahal ,

Informative but...

This podcast is a good source of information. It’s clear from the added commentary who they favor and what their individual political views are. It is their right to express what they want (just tone that part out if you don’t want to hear or disagree). If you listen strictly for news, you will get most recent and updated info. They’ve excelled tremendously with coverage of current event.

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