Can the private sector help the Syrian refugee crisis?

  Today I spoke to the BBC World Service about the worsening refugee crisis in Lebanon and the government’s controversial decision to begin strictly limiting the thousands of souls pouring over the country’s borders everyday. (You can listen here) Many have found the move to …

Getting access to information in Lebanon

  How hard is it to get information from the Lebanese government? The answer may surprise you. I discuss my adventure with the finance ministry in my recent column for Bold Magazine.    Lebanon By The Numbers By Habib Battah It seemed a straightforward question: …

The paralysis of self-loathing

The following piece was published in the May issue of Bold Magazine, but both the subject and self-loathing are as relevant today as ever before.  The Paralysis Of Self-LoathingBy Habib Battah           This is a horrible place,” a prominent Lebanese activist recently …

Abdullah everywhere

That’s Saudia Arabia’s King Abdullah in Hamra traffic tonight. Ever since the monarch pledged $3 billion to arm Lebanon’s military, billboards thanking him have popped up all over Beirut. Near the port: In Clemenceau: And that’s him on the massive electronic billboard up ahead in …

Lebanon’s failure to fund a crisis

This piece was originally published in the December issue of Bold Magazine. Aid: Lebanon’s Mission Impossible IT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE WORST REFUGEE CRISIS TO BEFALL ANY NATION IN HISTORY, BUT SO FAR LEBANON HAS RECEIVED A MINISCULE AMOUNT OF AID TO COPE WITH THE …

Technology in the camp

On my recent trip to a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley, I was struck by a Wifi router rising above the squalid living conditions: Satellite dishes were also everywhere in this camp, which is located near the small Bekaa town of Jeb Janine: …