• 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

    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

    Analysis of Tripoli’s By-election results!

    The election was uneventful, with expected results. Yet a lot of interesting insight could have been gleamed by studying the raw data. Unfortunately, the results (both the final tabulation and the raw data) has been, once more, published by the Ministry of Interior in a PDF format. So, it will take efforts to convert, reorganizing and then cross link the…