Farah Halime: The Arab World's Jobless Youth

Written by Ashwin Rattan Sunday, 10 February 2013 13:39
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About Farah Halime and Rebel Economy

The economy was a unifying cause behind the Arab world’s revolutions that began in late 2010.


After decades of dictatorship, wealth had become concentrated with a few while a growing number of people were having trouble making ends meet.


Now with four governments toppled (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen) and more on the verge of change, the rise of Islamists and new political powers has taken the spotlight. Politicians face the daunting challenge of meeting the people’s demands for social justice and welfare.


The question is: will they simply reform the old systems or come up with ideas to transform their economies?


This blog was founded by Farah Halime, a business journalist based in Cairo. Farah began her career at the Financial Times in London as a Pearson Diversity Summer intern, where she first learned how to find stories hidden in financial data.



She spent a year in Abu Dhabi at The National covering the UAE’s stock market, before uprooting to Cairo in August, 2011, to cover the tumultuous changes underway in the economies of the Middle East and North Africa. She has been published in the International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, BBC Online, The National and Euromoney.


Farah is a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations focusing on Egypt’s economy.


From the blog:


Last week, I contributed to an Al Jazeera discussion on Egypt’s chronic youth unemployment problem and the rise of political movements among young Egyptians.


The debate quickly moved to the impact of the Black Bloc group, the anti-establishment movement that stormed Egypt’s political scene on the second anniversary of the January 25 revolution, but the discussion barely touched on why these young people are out on the streets.

Unemployment levels fuelled the revolution two years ago, and they fuel it today.

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