Thursday, 22 May 2008

What's wrong with Doha?

Economist Karim Makdisi spoke to Tadamon Canada on the "issue" left off the table at Doha:

"Lebanon is facing several critical issues. First there is a tremendous social and economic crisis in this country, there is a forty-five billion dollar debt, one of the largest debts per capita in the world, resulting from over a decade of neo-liberal economic policies that simply didn’t work throughout the 1990’s.

"In truth there is little opposition towards the economic policies that the government is putting forward, that is to say that the opposition in Lebanon is more or less in agreement with the government in regards to social and economic policy.

"Both the opposition and the government have attempted to sweep the main social and economic issues facing Lebanon under the carpet."

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