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Arabic, News, 1 season, 33 episodes, 22 hours, 24 minutes
People, Politics, Economy and everything in between.
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Leave no one behind - a talk with Pascal Abchee

What social democracy is and isn't, what parliamentary opposition can and can't be, and what the solutions should and shouldn't be, as seen by our guest, LNA's secretary general Pascal Abchee in this episode: Leave no one behind.
1/21/20231 hour, 50 seconds
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The 3 P's: Politics, Psychology & Polytalks! - Talk with Ramzi Abou Ismail, the Political Psychologist.

This episode's guest is "politics meets psychology", he is one in 20 million, we kid you not! A political psychologist, pianist, podcast host who also flies air planes. We take advantage of his return to the scene to explore the many issues of Lebanon through the lens of science and political psychology. From the "cult of Aounism" to the culture of violence in politics and society, his break from Lebanese affairs and an overview of the "Change Bloc", and of course, no episode with Ramzi would be complete without discussing our national identity!
11/15/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 6 seconds
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"Daou" at the end of the tunnel - episode with Mark Daou

Ahead of the presidential elections, will the new reformists' initiative succeed in delivering a real candidate? And what does Mark Daou have to say about meeting with controversial figures? In this episode, we unravel that and more!
9/29/202252 minutes, 35 seconds
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D DOES POLYTALKS - a talk with Danielle Hatem

You might not notice if you scroll too much on Instagram, but Lebanon is plunged into a seriously scary crisis. While this may seem bad, what is worse is that its leaders seem to have no clue on how to get us out of it. This episode, we invite economist Danielle Hatem, also known by her platform’s name “D DOES BUSINESS” to lay some numbers out on the table for you, and to try and understand what some of the “rescue plans” we hear on the news are actually about. We also touch down on the economy of religious institutions, among other subjects. You can also watch the episode on our YouTube Channel.
7/21/202248 minutes, 9 seconds
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Drawing the lines of battle - a talk with Elias Hankash

Resigned MP Elias Hankash enters the race for parliament once again. As one of the youngest representatives, how does Elias reflect on the state of the opposition, and why is this time "different" for the opposition inside Parliament? Catch all of that and more on this episode of Polytalks.
5/10/202240 minutes, 7 seconds
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Beirut Prepares to vote - a talk with Melhem Khalaf

From being the head of the Beirut Bar Association, to running along side Beirut's leading opposition list, Melhem Khalaf joins Nayla for a deep dive into the concept of judiciary independence, from theory to practice, to talk about his achievements in the BBA, the formation of the list in Beirut 2, and to clarify his stance, once and for all, on the need for change to the seat of house speaker after these elections.
5/10/202243 minutes, 52 seconds
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From the heart of Keserwan - A talk with Josephine Zgheib

Leader, social activist, and member of Kfardebian Municipality since 2010, Josephine Zgheib is running for the 2022 elections on Sarkhet Watan list as a fierce fighter for women rights and local development advocate! In this episode, we explore her journey from start to finish, talk about the formation of her list, and discuss some of her legislative priorities and policy propositions.
5/4/202240 minutes, 3 seconds
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The mother of all confrontations - A talk with Ali Mourad

The electoral battle in Jnoub represents the mother of all battles, whether due to it's high threshold, or its political symbolism. For that matter, we hosted Ali Mourad, legal researcher, political activist and candidate of Aamyet 17 Teshreen in Bint Jbeil to tackle the elephant in the room and discuss what awaits the opposition on May 15th.
4/28/202232 minutes, 22 seconds
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From green activism to green politics - A talk with Najat Khattar Aoun Saliba

In this episode we hosted environmental activist, university professor and candidate of Taqaddom in the United for change list in Chouf-Aley, Dr. Najat Khatar Aoun, to remember the dire plunge our environment has taken, solutions to the garbage crisis, decentralization, and her political aspirations as potentially (and hopefully) a future member of parliament.
4/25/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hero from the Blast - A talk with William Noun

Each and every one of our guests have been on a great journey, and at some point, they have come to share it with us – with them they brought everything they learned along the way, and said everything they had to say. But in this episode, we tell a painful and unfinished story. From which our scars are still open and our wounds remain unhealed. And while we all grief together, very few people can relate to that feeling as much as our guest today. He is a symbol of our plight, our resistance and our revolution… He is a hero - born from one of the world’s largest blasts - and he too is hurting. But is this how this story ends? Well, if it’s not just, then it isn’t the ending yet. Until then, there will be no further introduction.
4/12/202236 minutes, 46 seconds
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Is Batroun ready? A talk with Majd Harb

In this talk with Majd Harb, parliamentary candidate in Batroun, we talk about his battle in the district against well versed adversaries, his electoral program and his legislative priorities in case he makes it to parliament – among other things!
3/23/202225 minutes, 25 seconds
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From Switzerland to Parliament? A talk with Michel Helou

In this episode with Michel Helou, a candidate for the Baabda District and a National Bloc leader we discuss his personal career, the state of the opposition, hurdles and prospects and whichever hope that remains.
3/9/202240 minutes, 34 seconds
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In this episode with Paula Yaacoubian, we discuss the multiple opposition coalitions, missed opportunities at uniting them and the destiny of the revolution in the upcoming elections. Our conversation includes highlights on women in politics, personal questions and first time revelations.
6/3/202144 minutes, 9 seconds
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Soulful Beirut

In this episode we walk through Beirut with Ronnie Chatah... we discuss politics, podcasts and of course our love for Beirut.
4/28/202142 minutes, 4 seconds
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The truth to be told: Beirut's August 4th Explosion

8 months after the Port of Beirut explosion, the Lebanese citizens are still mourning their losses. However, the most important matter remains to know the truth and hold those responsible, accountable for their actions. In this episode, we will talk to Lawyer Diane Assaf about some hidden facts around this disaster.
4/7/202142 minutes, 40 seconds
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US - Lebanese relations: Love hate relationship? A Talk with Mouafac Harb

US - Lebanese relations: Love hate relationship? A Talk with Mouafac Harb
2/8/202144 minutes, 26 seconds
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The One Who Knocks - Riad Kobeissy

In this episode we discuss with Riad Kobeissy the question on investigative journalism in Lebanon - The challenges and opportunities. We also tackle the ongoing investigation on Beirut's explosion.Do not forget to subscribe to our channel on your favorite podcast platform.
12/19/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Toters Case - Opportunity in times of crisis

[Toters Promocode inside] Facing the economic depression, COVID-19 lockdown, and financial crisis, how we react is the key for our future. Toters decided to look for an opportunity to grow. Tamim Khalfah, one of the Co-founders, will tell us more about it.
11/10/202025 minutes, 30 seconds
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Behind Enemy Lines: Maritime Boundary Negotiations with Laury Haytayan

The Oil & Gas sector is not only about drilling and exploration, there are major financial and geopolitical aspects of it. In this episode we tackle the geopolitical aspect and the maritime boundary delineation with Laury Haytayan.Subscribe to our channel on your favorite podcast app for more episodes to come and don't forget to leave us a review.
10/14/202042 minutes, 43 seconds
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🛢⛽The Oil & Gas sector of Lebanon: What we need to know [NOT BORING] with Dr. Carole Nakhle

In the middle of the continuous debate in Lebanon about the Oil & Gas sector, its prospects and how Lebanon can benefit from potential discoveries, Dr. Carole Nakhle sheds the light on the sector's regulations, Lebanon's potential, recent reports from Bloc 4 and future prospects.Subscribe to our channel on your favorite podcast app for more episodes to come and don't forget to leave us a review.
10/9/202050 minutes, 2 seconds
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📣The Revolution's Megaphone - With Jean Kassir, Megaphone's Co-founder and political activist

Amidst the chaos following August 4 explosion, we discussed with Megaphone's Jean Kassir the repercussions of this disaster and the future of October uprising for a better Lebanon.Subscribe to our channel on your favorite podcast app for more episodes to come and don't forget to leave us a review.
10/6/202041 minutes
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The Beirut blast and the international support - A chat with Marian Wendt, member of the German Parliament

The Beirut blast and the international support - A chat with Marian Wendt, member of the German Parliament
8/25/202025 minutes, 6 seconds
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BDL, IMF and the financial crisis in Lebanon - with Mike Azar

BDL, IMF and the financial crisis in Lebanon - with Mike Azar
7/24/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 11 seconds
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The real asset - The role of the Lebanese diaspora with Tonia Moura

7/14/202026 minutes, 55 seconds
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Saving public funds - With Carine Tohme

7/7/202043 minutes, 41 seconds
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Regional overview - With General Elias Hanna

In 2020, amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, CAESER ACT and the “Deal of the Century”, multiple factors will affect the political scene in the MENA region. In this episode with General Elias Hanna, we will go over these developments as well as other geopolitical milestones, to understand how and why Lebanon will be affected and what measures can a "buffer zone" country do to transform its geographical location from a curse to a blessing.
6/29/202045 minutes, 30 seconds
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DARK - An episode with Jessica Obeid shedding the light on the problems and possible solutions for the power sector in Lebanon

A discussion with Jessica Obeid shedding the light on the problems and possible solutions for the power sector in Lebanon.Obeid shares in this episode real numbers and facts that prove the existence of sustainable solutions for the power sector.This episode is in partnership with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.The views and opinions expressed in the published podcast are those of the authors and guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the view of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung or the hosts of Polytalks
6/15/202029 minutes, 31 seconds
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The system has fallen - A discussion with Albert Kostanian about the current Lebanese system and the possible alternatives

In this episode we tackle a taboo topic: Federalism.As we discuss the failure of the old and  centralized political system in Lebanon,we debate objectively with Albert Kostanian an alternative power sharing model and how this new system can help re-shape the country, to become the state that most of the Lebanese people dream of living in.Music: Lazem Ghayer el Nizam by Ousama Rahbani
5/29/202042 minutes, 50 seconds
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Rebellion - The revolution episode with Gino Raidy

A 30 min talk with Gino Raidy about the online revolution, and how it virtually catalyzed the streets protests, the level of freedom of speech in Lebanon and the growing role of social media as a non-violent tool against the corrupt government and political ruling class.Important note: this episode was recorded prior to Gino’s convocation to the Beirut Central Forensic Investigation Unit after FPM filed a complaint. We fully support Gino as we believe in absolute freedom of speech.Background Music:الشعب يريد إسقاط النظام: - Muse: Watan - Mashrou' Leila:
2/23/202029 minutes, 29 seconds
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Game of Lollars - with Dan Azzi

A talk with Dan Azzi covering the current economic and monetary situation in Lebanon.The historical causes, the current status and some insights on the upcoming measures and possible solutions.
1/30/202040 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Big Hope Theory - A talk with Najib Sabbagh founder of Mirrorr

Lebanese Entrepreneurs in times of Crisis - A talk with Najib Sabbagh, founder of Mirrorr. This episode is a message of hope, one that targets all those who are trying to survive the tightrope of the current local economy. In this environment, who will make it? what does it take? How to stand the test of time and take advantage of the opportunities the crisis offer?
1/20/202029 minutes, 16 seconds
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The curious case of a neutral Lebanon. A talk with Marwan Abdallah

In light of the dangerous escalation taking place in the region, we raise today the subject of the neutrality of Lebanon and its capacity of protecting Lebanon and the Lebanese from more destruction and wars. A talk with Marwan Abdallah, a specialist in diplomacy and foreign affairs.
1/13/202031 minutes, 19 seconds
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The story behind Polytalks

11/25/20193 minutes, 46 seconds