Amid coronavirus lockdown, Italy faces inklings of unrest

Authorities fear both that organized crime groups will exploit the crisis and that spontaneous revolts will result from growing livelihood concerns.

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COVID-19: Pets ditched on Beirut streets, animal welfare groups swamped

On misinformation and the economic hardships of both pet owners and animal welfare groups in Lebanon.

Lebanese doctor requests MPs and ministers donate salaries to combat coronavirus

Leading Dr. Nidal Mawla in Lebanon’s coronavirus response is requesting MPs and ministers to donate.

“Down with the rule of the bank” reads this graffiti on the door of Bankmed, one of the top five banks in Lebanon. A default deals a major blow to the banking system in Lebanon. (AP / Financial Times)
Lebanon’s default: What it means, what’s next, and who’s to blame

By defaulting, the new Lebanese government is openly declaring the country’s crisis to investors and countries worldwide.

Anti-government protesters break the window of a bank in Beirut. January 2020. (Marwan Tahtah / AFP / Asia Times)
How the Lebanese economy came crashing

Lebanon’s economy is at its worst since the Civil War, and politicians have made sure that the financial model that made it this way benefits them.

An employee wearing a protective mask near the ward where the first coronavirus case in Lebanon is being treated, at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital. (AFP / Arab News)
Coronavirus, hospital fees, and medicine shortage: Lebanon’s healthcare sector under threat

Is the Lebanese medical field prepared for both coronavirus and the ongoing economic crisis?

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IMF aid to Lebanon unlikely to come in anytime soon, says source

Getting an IMF loan is complicated. Lebanese officials need other solutions for the upcoming $1.2 billion due, said a source close to the IMF.

Diab’s “painful measures” are not necessary, they’re a political choice

The expertise of a “technocratic” government is being used by politicians to pass new austerity measures that serve banks at the expense of the people.

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An IMF bailout would wreak havoc on Lebanon’s economy

The IMF failed to bring growth and economic stability for almost every country it bailed out.

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Lebanon’s internet threatened to disconnect

As the economic crisis worsens, Lebanon stands to lose essential services like internet and electricity..