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Who Will Get My Vote In Lebanon’s Upcoming Elections

The last time I voted in Parliamentary elections was in 2005, thirteen years ago. I am planning to vote this coming May, because despite everything I still believe in civic participation and the duty to express my opinion through the ballot box. So on Sunday May 6th 2018 I will choose a list of candidates

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Launch of the Arab Human Development Report 2016

Launch of the Arab Human Development Report 2016 Youth and the prospects of human development in a changing reality The AHDR 2016 examines challenges and opportunities facing youth in the region, especially since the transformative changes that had swept across many Arab countries in 2011. The report provides an evidenced-based overview on youth in the

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On Beirut Madinati, Some Preliminary Thoughts and Reflections

A lot has been said and written about Beirut Madinati, and this is likely to continue for the months and years to come. The thoughts below are however primarily intended for the many volunteers and activists who joined the campaign at various stages, and who contributed to its success. Let me say first that I

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Mapping the Control of Lebanese Politicians over the Banking Sector

Seminar held on Sep. 15, 2015: Presented the results of ongoing research which explores the relationship between Lebanese banks and the ruling class in the country. The project is part of a wider regional initiative entitled “The Political Economy Determinants of Private Sector Dynamism in the Middle East”, coordinated by the Economic Research Forum. The

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Rewrite Lebanon’s unfair tax laws

Lebanon’s current tax rules are both deeply unjust and ultimately counterproductive. They are unfair primarily because they rely so heavily on indirect taxation — mostly Valued Added Tax and taxes on consumption. On average, when you buy goods in Lebanon, 18 percent of the cost is tax. These indirect taxes make up 70 percent of

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Public planning in Lebanon

“Why Can’t Lebanon Plan its Cities?” is a short documentary produced by the Lebanese Economic Association in 2013, focusing on problems of urban planning and public space in Lebanese cities, specifically Beirut.