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1:30 Catching up with Carmen 7:42 Day to Day Life in Beirut 19:20 Cancer 23:39 Neoliberal Capitalism 25:23 Structural Racism 29:20 Politics of Fear 33:47 Day by Day Mode 40:26 IMF Negotiations 47:36 Confessional Power Sharing 59:28 Lecturing in time of Covid We're back with Carmen Geha for Episode 197 of The Beirut Banyan. We discuss her recent 'The New Arab' pieces tackling the Lebanese government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and wider issues that link the pandemic to rampant corruption and the ongoing economic crisis. Carmen reflects on her personal 'politics of hope' and overcoming political fear. We talk about a potential silver lining in failed IMF negotiations and how issues of structural racism tie in to a dysfunctional state's inability to implement laws that protect vulnerable groups including domestic workers. Carmen Geha is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the American University of Beirut. The pieces referred to in this episode are accessible below: Corruption, not coronavirus, is ravaging Lebanon: https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2020/4/30/corruption-not-coronavirus-is-ravaging-lebanon Beirut under quarantine: Why decades of unshackled neoliberalism left Lebanon in extreme danger from coronavirus: Beirut under quarantine: Why decades of unshackled neoliberalism left Lebanon in extreme danger from coronavirus https://medium.com/@levantophile/on-the-arab-identity-and-its-discontents-a-personal-reflection-and-a-survey-of-christian-163ed3bafd72 Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Watch these episodes via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Graphics by Sara Tarhini.

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