• DLP

    The Data Liberation Project 2

    I am very proud and excited to announce the launch of Data Liberation Project 2 (DLP 2), with generous funding and support of FnF Lebanon. I will be heading this effort to digitize, edit, clean, and publish the raw electoral data of the 2005 and 2009 Lebanese parliamentary elections, making it freely, openly, and publicly accessible, in a machine-readable format.…

  • Analysis,  US elections

    It is elections day!!!

    What an exhausting couple of months, or even years, it has been. I still vividly remember four years ago, that fateful night in 2016, the up and downs, the false hopes, and then the unequivocal truth… Among the deluge of polls, opinions, and fake news, the situation might feel pretty chaotic. Results are going to take a while to be…

  • Analysis,  Polls,  US elections

    The US Elections

    Tomorrow the first out of three debates between current US president Donald Trump and the main democratic contender Joe Biden will take place, signaling the final straight line before election day on November 3rd. This is a momentous event, on which a lot of important worldwide issues hinges, from the future of global warming to nuclear de-escalation and arms control,…

  • Analysis

    The binding consultations

    Tomorrow for the first time in post-Taef Lebanon, the binding consultations to choose a new Prime minister will start with no clear candidate. The Members of Parliament will meet the president, according to a pre-set schedule, individually or as part of their parliamentary blocs, and they will nominate their candidate for Prime Minister-designate. Usually, such a step is not taken…

  • Analysis

    The Prime Minister election’s, and government formation in Lebanon

    After seven long months, during which the Lebanese went through a popular uprising, a COVID 19 pandemic, a worsening economic and financial crisis, currency devaluation, and a large explosion that destroyed parts of Beirut, the government of Hassan Diab has resigned. Although Lebanon’s political system might seem complicated, and archaic, there is a clear order for the next few steps,…

  • Analysis

    A basic primer on Lebanon’s political changes

    Lebanese ministers and MPs have been resigning in drove following the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut, and the subsequent popular anger against the whole political class. On Saturday a huge demonstration took place, and the following day popular movement continued. People were calling for the hanging of politicians, and even the Head of Hezbollah has lost his protective…

  • Analysis

    What is happening in Idlib province?

    Several weeks ago, the Syrian regime decided to take one of the last holdouts of the rebels, in Idlib. The area is right at the border with Turkey, and after the Sochi agreement, Turkey has a military presence there in the form of several observation posts, ensuring that the Assad Regime does not cross and attack Idlib and its surrounding…

  • Analysis,  opinion

    Will Prime Minister Hassan Diab be another Hoss or a Mikati?

    Prime Minister Hassan Diab government has finally won the parliament’s confidence vote this Tuesday, with one of the lowest scores in the modern history of Lebanon, managing only 63 votes out of 128. The day witnessed massive popular protests, that tried to derail the confidence vote, by impeding the MPs from reaching parliament and mustering the quorum. The people in…

  • Analysis

    What is next?

    At first glance, Lebanon’s political system seems very complicated, mixing constitutional stipulations, customs, and age-old traditions.  In particular, the resignation and the formation of a new government appear to be a very chaotic and complex process. However, if you dig deep enough, there is a clear blueprint for the next steps. In this article I will try to explain the…