Author: Samer Talhouk

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.

IMF abstract header by Laudy Issa
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.

A university student gestures during an anti-government protest in Beirut. (Goran Tomasevic | Reuters)
Students have spoken: The economy is not working for the youth

The state has commodified and marginalized students for years.

During the protests, several University professors gave their classes on the streets. On the Jbeil highway, Dr. Sharif Abdunnur, media ethics professor in LAU and AUT, gives an open class lecture and discussion on the importance of a technocratic government. (Eva Mahfouz)
The protesters want to end the sectarian system: Our future economy should cater to their demands

Remedying the drawbacks of our current sectarian system should be the basis upon which we build up our post-revolution economy. 

Passengers before going through security checks at Beirut's airport. (AFP/Alarabiya)
Rethinking the role of remittances inflows in the Lebanese Economy

While economic research proved that remittances ease poverty, most studies failed to establish a causal relationship between them and economic growth.