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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 between Beirut and 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.

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