Author Archives: Jeremy Arbid

Widening the confidence interval

Widening the confidence interval

For Maral Tutelian, something is missing from the three year old debate about the economic impact of a proposed public sector wage increase: reliable statistics. The director general of the state’s Central Administration of Statistics (CAS) tells Executive, “It’s not a matter of point of view, it’s not a matter of guesstimation. Imagine all these

Easily evicted

Lebanon’s already crumbling infrastructure has been further exasperated by the inflow of refugees into the country — UNHCR most recently tallied 1.1 million registered Syrians — and the lack of adequate, affordable housing is making refugees’ lives in Lebanon even more difficult.  Most recently, the Lebanese government has restricted the entrance of new refugees into

Transit and turmoil

Executive sat down with Elyas Salameh to discuss his documentary “Transit” and the situation of Iraqi Christian refugees in Lebanon.   With “Transit,” what were you asking yourself that convinced you to make the documentary? I focused on Iraqi Christians because [they] still have their own identity and if they flee Iraq it will disappear.

Refugee purgatory

Elyas Salameh needed extras. Back in 2010, while on set shooting a TV commercial in Beirut, Salameh needed people to fill one of the scenes being filmed that day. There was one small hiccup with the extras he found — a language barrier. They were Aramaic speakers — Assyrian Christians from Iraq. “Lebanon is a

Keeping it clean

The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) recently published a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) related to potential offshore oil and gas activities. RPS Energy Ltd., a multinational energy resources and environmental consultancy company, initiated the study in October 2011 and completed it five months later. RPS will continue to provide consultation to the Ministry of Energy and

High expectations

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Much has been said regarding the prospects for oil and natural gas in Lebanese waters. Extensive surveying — the entirety of the country’s offshore

Powered by gas

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   When Lebanon moves forward toward extracting its potential oil and gas resources in the country’s coastal waters, it will do so with the intention of powering

Calling out corruption

In late July, Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) quietly issued a statement calling on citizens to report violations of fraud, nepotism and corruption by security force personnel, as part of its attempt to stop illicit activity by officers from within its own ranks. The complaint system is part of an overall effort to build community

Hands off!

Yet another extension for companies to submit bids in Lebanon’s first offshore oil and gas licensing round was announced in mid-August by Minister of Energy and Water Arthur Nazarian, indefinitely extending the deadline to no more than six months after the two needed decrees are adopted. But oddly enough, the youth wings of Lebanon’s political

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