Author Archives: Executive Editors

Stalled progress

Stalled progress

Reading Time: 4 minutes Public workers were protesting at the end of September out of fear the government might not honor legislation ordering an increase to their salaries and benefits. The protesters feared that the government might suspend the salary increase because the revenue it expected to cover the new spending was struck down by a court ruling. The

May 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutes EDITORIAL The donkey strategy LEADERS Don’t sweat the details Things are moving, but too often behind closed doors COVER STORY Self absorbed Time to get back on a horse SPECIAL REPORT OIL & GAS Into the blue Lebanon’s oil & gas sector nearly open for business Troubled waters Lebanon seeks to join its neighbors in

Program for a nation or national myth?

Reading Time: 7 minutes The egg as symbol of rebirth is powerful. It can inspire. In the case of Lebanon, the egg is more than a representation of fertility because it plays into the enduring myth that the constituents of this nation will rise from the ashes of their destruction. This myth also conceals a warning and question, however:

It’s about our purses

Reading Time: 3 minutes As Lebanon celebrates its recent military victory over Islamic State fighters on this side of the Lebanese-Syrian border and mourns over the recovered bodies of nine army soldiers, local politicians are again embroiled in another battle of sorts: one over taxation. After many months vacillating over whether or not to issue new taxes, lawmakers agreed

A cautious revival

Reading Time: 2 minutes For the first time since the onset of the war in Syria, there is finally positive news coming from Lebanon’s hospitality sector. The election of a president and the formation of a government in late 2016, and the lack of major security incidents in Greater Beirut since the second half of 2015, have given Lebanon

A law is born

Reading Time: 3 minutes Since appointing the National Commission on Parliamentary Electoral Law (the Fouad Boutros Commission) in 2005, Lebanese politicians have been “working” on an electoral law that employs proportional representation (PR), a system that allocates seats in Parliament based on the percentage of votes a candidate list receives. PR is more representative than a majoritarian or first-past-the-post

Endless

Reading Time: 4 minutes Executive confesses to nonsense fatigue. Our editors are tired of platitudes about the banking sector. If we hear one more locution implying that the Lebanese economy’s doom is inevitable, or another hackneyed phrase about a banking sector that is trying to resist bad economic tides to the best of its ability while continuing to develop

April 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutes EDITORIAL  The devils must go LEADERS Stonewalled A mixed response: making use of the new law An industry-wide upgrade Overhaul in governance and legislation is required Taxation without representation Budgetary process must be transparent  COVER STORY Tax squeeze Online threats continue to proliferate  Taxing tax reforms Fresh thinking needed to secure the banking system Interview

March 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutes [media-credit name=”Illustration by Ivan Debs” align=”alignright” width=”246″][/media-credit] EDITORIAL Recourse to reform After a four-year Parliament extension, we demand elections in 2017 LEADERS Dashing our hopes for reform It’s time to break the silence on the CMA Protect us from the modern plague Lebanon remains overwhelmingly vulnerable to cyberwarfare Rare opportunity People now have the right to request

Don’t sweat the details

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a rocky start that saw a several-year delay of the sector’s development as a result of political squabbling, in late April the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) announced the oil and gas companies that will be eligible to bid for offshore exploration licenses in late. Executive lauds this milestone and hopes the

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