114 episodes

A couple of nerds talking about Lebanese politics.

The Lebanese Politics Podcast The Lebanese Politics Podcast

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    • 4.9 • 87 Ratings

A couple of nerds talking about Lebanese politics.

    Episode 114 - Election results and unresolved questions

    Episode 114 - Election results and unresolved questions

    In Lebanon's first election since the Oct. 17 uprising, voters sent a sizable contingent of change candidates to Parliament, while clipping the wings of both Amal and the Free Patriotic Movement. Nizar and Ben take a look at the vote, its translation to seats in Parliament, the new MPs, and what all this means for Lebanon in the coming months.

    Follow us on Twitter for updates @lebpoliticspod

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

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 113 - Lebanon's elections: What to expect

    Episode 113 - Lebanon's elections: What to expect

    Ahead of Sunday's national elections, Nizar and Ben run through what to expect, both in terms of voting and results — and what's in store for Lebanon in the aftermath.

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

    • 51 min
    Ep 112 - Rhetoric: Change the faces or change the system?

    Ep 112 - Rhetoric: Change the faces or change the system?

    Elections have begun! As expats head to the polls around the world this weekend, Nizar and Ben take a deep dive into what political parties are saying — and what that tells us about how they see Lebanon's problems and their proposed solutions.

    0:00 - 4:51: Intro

    *Diagnosing the problem*

    4:51 - 14:00: The establishment and/or hezbollah?

    14:05 - 19:00: Hezbollah's reasoning

    - 28:20: Bassil's disillusionment with 'power'

    28:21 - 37:32: Alliance justifications

    *Solutions*

    37:34 - 51:42: Stability rhetoric (Hezbollah - Amal - Mikati - Jumblatt)

    51:43 - 57:45: The 'sovereigntists'

    57:48 - 1:03:30: Neo-liberalism & technocratic economics

    1:03:30 - 1:09:05: FPM's new rhetoric: Attacking banks & systemic change

    1:09:07 - end: Strategies for change


    Follow us on Twitter for updates @lebpoliticspod

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

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 111 - Election Strategy, allies... and money

    Episode 111 - Election Strategy, allies... and money

    In our second episode focusing on Lebanon's 2022 parliamentary elections, Nizar and Ben analyze the strategic responses to two major developments — Hariri's withdrawal and the FPM's perceived weakness — and what they tell us about how moneyed interests interact with politics.

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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 110 - New elections.. what changed?

    Episode 110 - New elections.. what changed?

    Elections are coming!

    Returning after a long break, Ben and Nizar review major developments since the last parliamentary elections in 2018 and examine to what extent the two electoral moments are different or similar. We zoom in on the gradual deterioration of the economic situation alongside political deadlock and a campaign by financial elites and their allies to protect their interests.

    This episode is the first of a limited run leading up to the vote on May 15. Episode 111 will zoom in on alliances and strategies.

    Follow us on Twitter for updates @lebpoliticspod

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

    • 55 min
    Episode 109 - One year on: Who's responsible for the Beirut Blast?

    Episode 109 - One year on: Who's responsible for the Beirut Blast?

    Discussion of HRW's Beirut Blast report begins at 07:30.

    Ben and Timour are joined this week by Aya Majzoub, Lebanon and Bahrain researcher at Human Right's Watch, to walk through HRW's mammoth 700+ page report: “They Killed Us from the Inside” An Investigation into the August 4 Beirut Blast. (https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/08/03/they-killed-us-inside/investigation-august-4-beirut-blast)

    One year on from the deadly explosion that killed 218 people, wounded 7,000 and displaced 300,000, the report breaks down how the Rhosus and it's cargo came to be in Beirut, the catalogue of failures across the Lebanese state that allowed 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate to be unsafely stored for so long and how best to seek justice for the victims.

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

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

RSaady ,

Excellent

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

Ttktmomof4 ,

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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