The governor defended his decision to appoint the utility law expert. DeWine reassigned Laurel Dawson, the chief of staff who oversaw Randazzo’s selection process, in a May staff reshuffle described as unrelated. The governor’s main lobbyist, Dan McCarthy, is a former FirstEnergy lobbyist who was chairman of one of the black money groups involved in …

The economy is taking a huge hit, with the banking sector on the brink of collapse. The provision of many social services, such as vaccines (not only for COVID, but also for polio and tuberculosis), has all but ceased. The Tatmadaw continues to face widespread resistance from democracy activists and ethnic militias, and foreign powers …

Once envied by the Arab world, Lebanon has become a hopeless case with no end in sight. Its political system is deadlocked, as its economy perishes with each passing day, forcing its leaders to advocate for emergency foreign aid to stay afloat, including food for its starving army. But the Lebanese, a shrewd people better …

“In light of the dangerous and unprecedented situation in Lebanon, I am of the opinion that Hezbollah and Iran will now take steps to deepen their control over sovereign Lebanon, and as far as Israel is concerned, this is a serious situation. In Lebanon, mainly between Beirut and the border and in the Bekaa valley, …

LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HTE: Uncontrolled inflation has decimated economies around the world. No, the United States is not Venezuela or Lebanon, where powdered baby milk now costs a quarter of the average worker’s monthly salary, but there are things to worry about. The Consumer Price Index, a barometer of inflation, experienced its biggest jump in 13 …

Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Harvard professor Jason Furman, former senior economic adviser to former President Barack Obama, about inflation and the US economy. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HTE: Uncontrolled inflation has decimated economies around the world. No, the United States is not Venezuela or Lebanon, where powdered baby milk now costs a quarter of the average worker’s …

Beirut, Lebanon – Doctors have warned that Lebanese hospitals will struggle to cope with a large influx of coronavirus patients amid an increase in the number of new cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant. Lebanon recorded 577 new COVID-19 infections over a 24-hour period on Friday, according to the health ministry, the first …

The coronavirus pandemic and a huge explosion in the port of Beirut last August have further devastated the economy. Estimates put the central bank’s losses at between $ 50 billion and $ 60 billion. The International Monetary Fund has offered help, but Lebanese officials accuse Salameh of blocking an audit requested by the United States …

SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The World Bank says the economic crisis in Lebanon is one of the worst the world has seen in over a century. This is happening in a land of famous tourist spots that has enjoyed a thriving middle class and legendary nightlife. Ruth Sherlock of NPR is in Beirut. Ruth, thank you …

The way out of the bleak economic outlook resulting from Covid, experts tell us, is to put ourselves in a gloomy mood and prepare for calamity. They first said that we are quickly becoming a Myanmar, a military state, but when that prognosis started to be considered ludicrous, they have now changed their tactics to …