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In pictures: Protests and clashes in Downtown Beirut

In pictures: Protests and clashes in Downtown Beirut

Reading Time: 2 minutes On June 6, thousands of protesters gathered in Downtown Beirut starting at 3 p.m. in the largest protest since the COVID-19 lockdown went into force. Demonstrators were protesting the impacts of the ongoing economic and coronavirus crises that have seen the value of the local currency plummet. Initial peaceful protests soon became heated as supporters

Executive Magazine and FNF MENA sign memorandum of understanding

Reading Time: 2 minutes Comprehensive efforts for the development and advocacy for economic reforms in the MENA region are being driven by a first-of-its-kind cooperation between Executive Magazine and the Regional Office Middle East and North Africa of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF MENA).   On May 21, Executive Magazine and FNF MENA agreed to launch their cooperation by

A letter to our readers

Reading Time: 2 minutes To our readers, The world is living through unprecedented times, and for many of us, uncertainty and anxiety are running high as the disruption to our day-to-day lives is acute. The coronavirus outbreak is one of the greatest challenges that we face as a global community. The threat of the virus to our health, to

Facing the economic crisis with productive realism

Reading Time: 3 minutes It plainly is depressing. Practically every story in this issue of Executive starts—if not with the scary ad-hoc topic of the coronavirus—but with a reference to the dire economic straits that Lebanon is in. And even before the March issue went to the newsstands, the mood among some of our online readers seemed to be

Lebanon faces growing unemployment

Reading Time: 5 minutes The last study on unemployment in Lebanon—conducted by Lebanon’s Central Administration of Statistics (CAS) in partnership with the International Labor Organization in 2018- 2019—revealed a general unemployment rate of 11.4 percent, reaching as high as 23.3 percent for youth. In light of the past few months, there can be no doubt that these percentages have

Reflections on the Lebanese revolution

Reading Time: 3 minutes When crowds began to gather in Downtown Beirut on that fateful evening on October 17, 2019, few could have predicted that, a 100 plus days later, Lebanon would be still in the furrows of a revolt with almost daily protests across the nation, several clashes between protesters and party shabiha, and with riot police—and road

Lebanon’s new government must focus on priorities

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lebanon has a new Council of Ministers. This is, from one perspective, a clear and present improvement. Having a government as a sovereign state is an absolute and total prerequisite to function as a country in the global concert of nations. In this sense, the serial failures of Lebanon to swiftly move and empower new

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