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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-ins…
 
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 trac…
 
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 dep…
 
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 di…
 
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…
 
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,…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 cont…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Discussion on the World Bank's Lebanon Emergency Crisis and COVID-19 Response Social Safety Net Project (ESSN) begins at 18:40. Ben and Timour are joined this week by Sami Zoughaib, a Beirut-based researcher and former LCPS researcher/podcaster at Alternative Frequencies, to discuss social protections in Lebanon and the technical and political diff…
 
The Lebanese Politics Podcast is back for season four and with a new co-host joining the team to boot! Timour Azhari, Lebanon correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation and long time friend of the show is joining Ben and Nizar as a permanent host of the podcast. In our first show of 2021, we cover the continuing crises in Lebanon, including t…
 
Discussion of the investigation into the Beirut port explosion begins at 30:00.Ben is joined by friend of the show and Al Jazeera English's Beirut correspondent Timour Azhari to discuss the latest on the investigation into the deadly explosion at Beirut's port with no accountability so far four months after the blast. Also covered, protests in Hamr…
 
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 …
 
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 exposi…
 
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 bet…
 
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 …
 
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 @elepheelThe Lebanese Politics Podcast tarafından oluşturuldu
 
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 a…
 
Ben and Nizar are joined by Ramez Dagher, an MD & psychiatry resident who also writes regularly on Lebanese politics on the Moulahazat blog, to discuss the latest post Beirut Port explosion, with political wrangling to shift blame, worrying spikes in coronavirus threatening an already overwhelmed hospital system, the muted reaction to the STL verdi…
 
Nizar and Ben are joined by Timour Azhari, Al-Jazeera English's Beirut correspondent, to discuss the deadly explosion at the Beirut Port and its aftermath, including Saturday's violent clashes between protesters and security forces.Music track: Zuhal by Elepheel, check out his other work @elepheelThe Lebanese Politics Podcast tarafından oluşturuldu
 
Ben and Nizar dive into two of the big news stories in Lebanon this past week: a new lockdown in response to record cases of coronavirus and the border incident between Hezbollah and Israel. Also discussed: lack of transparency on electricity, political squabbles over the Bisri Dam project, the upcoming STL verdict, and music censorship on Army Day…
 
Biography and discussion of Riad Salameh begins at 22:30.Ben and Nizar are back with the news of past week, including the concerning spike in coronavirus case numbers ahead of touted new measures to contain the virus, political chatter on Lebanon's neutrality, the lira's continuing volatility, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's visit, and…
 
Discussion of economic and political news starts at 05:57, analysis on the banks winning the narrative begins at 27:10.After managing to record the podcast between power cuts, Ben and Nizar analyze the political and economic news of the past week, including Alain Bifani's resignation, Wazni ruling out a forensic audit, the lira slide, a touted retu…
 
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