I can’t resist plugging my father’s recent appearance on Al-Fasad, a great evening talk show in Lebanon that addresses political and economic corruption. Abu Elias addressed, among other things, the issue of parliamentarian compensation in Lebanon, which is scandalously high.
This was the second installment in a series on the subject. See here for his first appearance on the show. And for English speakers, here’s a report from a couple years back that deals with this issue (but its figures do not take into account the expense incurred for insurance premiums…)
On another note, I recommend checking out this Wikileaks cable from 2009, which sheds interesting light on the personalities of the top brass in the Assad regime. (h/t Rime Allaf)
Finally, I feel I should explain my infrequent posting these days. Over the past few months, I’ve been working on finishing up my dissertation, launching a new research project, and preparing for a new job. I’ve got a couple months left before I graduate, and then things should be back to normal around here. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep up appearances…