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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


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Till Death Do Us Part

[This article was first published in An-Nahar in April 2019. This is a work of fiction. Any similarities between actual wives and events is purely coincidental] We were young. We were poor. We fell in love. We got married. We had two beautiful children. We rose up the socioeconomic ladder. We went on phenomenal vacations. We saw the [...]

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Al Qard el Hassan ATM Machines

The idea for this article was never published. It was submitted to the top two English language news outlets in Lebanon and was politely turned down, with something to the effect, “Stick to Economics.” It was subsequently turned into a YouTube video titled “Hummos Economics Episode 1 on my YouTube channel, posted Thursday December 24, [...]

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Welcome to Lebanon Carlos-San

[This article was originally published in An-Nahar on December 31, 2019] Let’s say a certain hugely successful Lebanese automotive executive ran into legal troubles in a country which has an usually convoluted judicial system, which tends towards “guilty until proven innocent.” Staying back to fight and salvage his international [...]

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What is Riad Salameh thinking?

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any similarities between actual people and events is purely coincidental. A version of this article was first published in Arabic in Akhbar newspaper October 14, 2019. ———————————————————————————————————— “If you want to understand a man, walk a mile in his shoes.” Riad Salameh sat in his plush [...]

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The Dollar Crisis

[This article was originally published in An-Nahar September 22, 2019] It’s pretty clear that we’re now in an urgent race, like being on a treadmill, whose speed keeps accelerating, but has no off-switch. No matter how tough and fit you are, eventually you’ll have to stop running … unlike the treadmill, which keeps going. You can [...]

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The devaluation of the Lebanese Dollar

[This article was first published in An-Nahar in July 2019] I know what you’re thinking — my editor missed a typo and the title should be “Devaluation of the Lebanese Lira.” It’s pretty clear, with the balance of payment (BoP) deficit (binging on imports, i.e. US dollars leaking outside the country month after month); that we’re heading [...]

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