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Matt Nash at work

Matt Nash and Jeremy Arbid to Executive

Matt Nash and Jeremy Arbid to Executive

He’s covered everything from oil and gas to questionable flight patterns. And everyone from politicians to his dog. He broke the story on local internet providers tracking their users’ every click. And explained why buildings in Beirut are collapsing. Today Executive welcomes Matt Nash to our family. Matt will be heading up our Economics &

A protester holds up a sign "#NoLawNoVote"

Open the doors of Parliament

There is an old British adage about the frustrations of everyday life. “You wait an hour for a bus,” the saying goes, “and then three come along all at once.” In the first week of April, after going over a year without passing a single bill, Lebanon’s expired Parliament reconvened and jolted the body politic

Buildings under the old rent law stand next to new competition.

Rent law reform is needed

President Michel Sleiman announced he would not sign the rent law on May 7, 2014. The following leader appeared in Executive’s print edition on May 1. Last month, Lebanon’s Parliament almost consigned to history one of the country’s most archaic laws. The old rent law artificially holds down the rents of tens of thousands of

Tourism in Baalbeck may increase after new security measures

Fix it and they will come

The received wisdom goes something like this: Tourism is a mainstay of the Lebanese economy, and the country, rich in history, climate and culture, could attract even more tourists if the stars aligned properly. More tourists would equal more cash inflows, which in turn could help an insolvent government while enriching the average Lebanese person.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres in Lebanon

Syria’s refugees: Lower the drawbridge

When the top representatives of the world’s international bodies arrived in Beirut last month, they had a clear message to convey. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Anthony Lake, the executive director of UNICEF, were desperate to urge people and governments to extend more help to the victims of the Syrian civil war.

The risk of political violence in Lebanon has grown

Lebanon needs a political violence risk pool

With the recent slew of bombings further entangling Lebanon in the Syrian civil war, political violence insurance in the country is becoming increasingly sought after, as hotels, banks and malls are seeking to protect their assets. This is paired with international reinsurers becoming increasingly weary to underwrite risks in the present volatile situation, resulting in

Don’t stop now

If Lebanese parliamentarians were school children, they would long ago have been expelled en masse. Far from merely forgetting to do their homework, they have been skipping class for an entire year; prior to this week the last law they passed was back in 2012. So the very fact that they finally got together to

Lebanon’s new government: A focused approach

If five men in a car had only moments to escape a tornado approaching in the rear view mirror, the last thing you would expect them to do would be argue over directions. Yet this is effectively what the Lebanese government spent much of the month doing. Faced with the realistic possibility of the country

Lebanese Cabinet Statement in full

Earlier this month, the new Lebanese government finally agreed upon a cabinet statement which it will seek to enact in the coming months. Nearly two weeks later, the statement has still not been officially translated into English and published on government websites. We believe in a global world this is necessary. For the record, therefore,