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Raja Khalidi and Sobhi Samour


After Tunisia and Egypt: Palestinian Neoliberalism at the Cross-roads

[Salam Fayyad and Tzipi Livni at the World Economic Forum in 2010. Image from unknown archive.]

A spectre is haunting the Middle East – the spectre of popular revolts against autocratic governments. Listening to the loud chants from demonstrators in Algiers to Sana’a asserting their political and economic demands, it is clear that exorcising this spectre needs more than just political regime change: they are demanding the change of the system that has produced poverty, unemployment and vast income disparities. These phenomena did not occur spontaneously or as a natural ...

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Raja Khalidi and Sobhi Samour

Raja Khalidi is a senior economist with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. The views expressed in his Jadaliyya article do not represent those of the United Nations secretariat.

Sobhi Samour is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.