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Alternative Frequencies | ???? ??????

Alternative Frequencies | ???? ?????? is a new bilingual podcast by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies - a Beirut-based, independent, and non-profit research organization - dropping new episodes every Tuesday at 5PM (UTC+3). Recognizing a renewed interest in understanding the factors that led Lebanon into its overlapping crises, and wanting to discuss ways to move forward during these uncertain times, LCPS brings you informed 30-minute conversations with experts, scholars and activists on a range of pressing issues that concern all those interested in Lebanon and its ongoing developments.

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Episode 16 - Potential for Change in Elections

On this week?s episode, Nadim El Kak and fellow LCPS researcher Georgia Dagher talk about a study they co-authored on the performance of independent candidates in the 2018 elections. They discuss prospects for future elections and the different campaigning strategies adopted by independents while highlighting takeaways from the results of the vote.

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2020-11-03
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Episode 15 - Hariri Returns: Old Wine in a New Bottle

On this week's episode, Nadim is joined by Dr Sami Atallah to discuss Hariri's appointment as PM-delegate, what to expect from his government, approaches to the economic crisis, the implications of an IMF deal, the downfall of the FPM, and expectations from the next Parliamentary elections.

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2020-10-27
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On the 14th episode of the Alternative Frequencies podcast, Sami Zoughaib talks with financial expert Dan Azzi about the new restrictions on withdrawals in Lebanese pounds, their goals, and their impact on the economy. They also discuss the failure of the "Darwinian" monetary approach adopted by the Central Bank and the government to address the crisis.

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2020-10-20
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In this week's episode, Carol Abi Ghanem hosts sociologist and non-violence education and action advocate Dr Ogarit Younan. They discuss her approach to organizing, different resistance strategies, and reflect on the October uprising while drawing lessons from other global comparative cases.

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2020-10-13
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Episode 12 - Neglected Victims: Refugees and GBV in the Age of a Pandemic

In this episode, Carol Abi Ghanem hosts Jasmin Lilian Diab to discuss the marginalized and neglected refugees in Lebanon during the COVID pandemic. Jasmin discusses COVID measures, their impact on the refugee community in Lebanon, as well as the surge in discourse around gender-based violence among refugee communities.

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2020-10-06
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Episode 11 - Can the Sectarian Regime Revive Itself?

On the eleventh episode, Nadim El Kak is joined by political scientist Dr Bassel Salloukh to discuss the stepping down of former PM-designate Mustapha Adib, the nature of Lebanon?s sectarian regime, why it is so resilient, and how to undermine the ideological hegemony of ruling parties.

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2020-09-29
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Episode 10 - Lebanon's Untapped Industrial Potential

On our tenth episode, Sami Zoughaib is joined by policy researcher Nancy Ezzeddine to discuss Lebanon's industrial sector, its untapped potential, history, place in the region, challenges it's facing, and what needs to be done to support it going forward.

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2020-09-22
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On the ninth episode of Alternative Frequencies, Sami Zoughaib is joined by Alia Moubayed, an economic expert in Middle East affairs. They discussed the financial crisis in Lebanon, its origins, the performance of the political establishment in addressing it so far, the lessons learned from the experience of the resigned government, and how to proceed in the course of recovery.

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2020-09-15
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On the eighth episode, Nadim El Kak is joined by the coordinator of the Save Bisri campaign, architect Roland Nassour, to discuss the World Bank withdrawing its funding of the Bisri dam project, how different advocacy and resistance strategies succeeded in undermining the project, and lessons that can be drawn from this experience in opposing the capitalist and sectarian establishment.

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2020-09-08
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Episode 7 - Rebuilding Beirut: How to Curtail Neoliberal Urbanization?

On the seventh episode, Nadim is joined by Professor of Urban Studies and Director of Research at the Beirut Urban Lab, Dr. Mona Fawaz, to discuss the scale of damages in residential areas impacted by the Beirut explosion, the dangers of neoliberal urban policies, their impact on urban heritage and housing rights, and practical ways to curtail gentrification and protect residents. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alt-frequencies/message
2020-08-25
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Episode 6 - What's Next for the Protest Movement?

On the sixth episode, Nadim El Kak is joined by sociologist and LCPS Fellow Dr Rima Majed to discuss recent political developments following the Beirut explosion including reemerging protests, alternative resistance strategies, geopolitics, government resignation, state violence, and lingering support for sectarian parties.

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Resources:

Financial Collapse, Revolution, and Pandemic: Where are the Unions? --> www.lcps-lebanon.org/featuredArticle.php?id=289

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2020-08-18
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On our fifth episode, Nadim El Kak is joined by criminal justice analyst Dr. Omar Nashabe to discuss the methodology of the investigation into the Beirut port explosion, failures that occurred with regards to relief efforts, and steps that need to be undertaken in order to move forward.

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2020-08-11
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Episode 4 - Making Sense of the Blackouts

On the fourth episode of Alternative Frequencies, Nadim El Kak is joined by Energy Policy Consultant and LCPS Fellow Jessica Obeid to discuss the factors that have led Lebanon into its ongoing blackouts, why attempts at reforming the electricity sector have failed, and what can be done to address the range of issues plaguing the sector.

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Resources:

Lebanon?s Power Sector: Making Reforms Work

The Government Monitor No. 3: Scrutinizing Lebanon?s Electricity Plan

Electricity Subsidies: Benefiting some Regions More than Others

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2020-08-04
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Episode 3 - Youth in Times of Crisis

On the third episode, Nadim El Kak is joined by social psychologist Carol Abi Ghanem to discuss the obstacles facing Lebanese youth during this crisis: From the difficulties of navigating labor markets in the midst of economic collapse to challenges in preserving their mental health and planning their futures, the youth lack the resources and support needed to withstand present conditions. How can the youth be supported both economically and from a mental health perspective? How do they self-identify and what are their ambitions? What kinds of policies are needed to help them accomplish their goals and curtail emigration?

Music by Carol-ElShaar ? follow her on Soundcloud.

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2020-07-28
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In our second episode, Nadim El Kak is joined by Sami Zoughaib to discuss Lebanon?s financial crisis, the structural factors that got us here, negotiations with the IMF, past failures to implement reforms, and why the political establishment is so averse to policy change despite the dire need for outside financing.

Music by Carol-ElShaar ? follow her on Soundcloud.

Resources:

These two "Government Monitors" by LCPS cover the performance of Hariri's last government during its 9-months tenure, prior to the former PM's resignation last October:

1- What Have Lebanese Ministries Done? http://www.lcps-lebanon.org/agendaArticle.php?id=117 

2- Lebanese Government: A Dismal Performance. https://www.lcps-lebanon.org/agendaArticle.php?id=111

These three policy briefs cover the CEDRE Reform Program:

1- CEDRE Capital Investment Plan: Scrutinizing the Allocation of Projects and Funds Across Regions. https://bit.ly/2WGqsmw

2- The CEDRE Reform Program Needs a Credible Action Plan. https://bit.ly/30uWTW1

3- CEDRE Conference: The Need for a Strong Reporting Mechanism. https://bit.ly/39ed8Lj

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2020-07-21
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Episode 1 - Who Does the Parliament Represent?

In our first episode, Nadim El Kak hosts LCPS Director Sami Atallah who discusses how members of Parliament are disconnected from citizens? concerns, have relinquished the authorities granted to them as lawmakers, and are incapable of managing Lebanon's overlapping crises.

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2020-07-14
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