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Carlos Slim at AUB

March 17, 2010

photo by Marwan Tahtah

Today we held a protest at the Olayan School of Business at AUB. We were protesting Carlos Slim Helou, a Lebanese/Mexican businessman. He was recently named the world’s richest man. Currently, over 1/2 of Mexico’s population lives in poverty, with as many as 1/3 living in extreme poverty. Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Movement (NAFTA) in 1994, these free-trade laws have decimated the local economy and left tens of thousands of Mexicans with no choice but to risk their lives crossing the border into the United States in hopes of a better future. Carlos Slim is also responsible for the renovation/destruction of Mexico City’s downtown area, a project with eerie similarities to the Solidere project in Beirut.

We want Carlos Slim and the AUB community to know that we are watching and bearing witness to the deep structural inequality, politically- motivated violence and electoral fraud committed by neo-liberal capitalists such as Carlos Slim. We object to AUB’s hosting of this man and the intended “lessons” he will teach our business students. We stand in solidarity with the people of Chiapas and the Zapatista army of liberation. Subcomandante Marcos is a poet and a philosopher extraordinaire, I salute his wisdom and his work. Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the EZLN is their complete integration of women into the resistance movement at all levels and in all capacities from military commanders to emergency surgeons. This is something that previous revolutions like the FLN in Algeria failed to accomplish. Here are is a photo of our protest. More from ABC News here.

Here is a link to one of our other protests, the AUB Career Fair.

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One Response to “Carlos Slim at AUB”

  1. Mahmoud Mroueh Says:

    WOW. I was speaking with my friends and I told them someone should protest during this capitalist pig’s lecture. I am an AUB student but unfortunately I had a quiz at the time of the lecture.. I stood in awe of your actions,Che and Zapata are two of my role models and I am a libertarian socialist, or a left-wing anarchist in ideology. Thank you so much for standing in solidarity with those who deserve it, our brothers in Mexico and Palestine. I would greatly appreciate it if you could fill me in on any further plans of action you will take in the future as I will be more than glad to participate.

    Sincerely yours,
    Mahmoud Mroueh


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