Hussein Cheaito is a Development Economist with expertise in queer political economy, feminist economics, debt justice, and development economics. He currently serves as the Equitable Economic Recovery Programme Coordinator at Arab Watch Coalition, focusing on debt justice and IMF programming in the MENA region. Hussein's previous roles include working as a Development Economist at The Policy Initiative in Beirut and as a non-resident fellow in economic development at The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) in Washington. He holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Sussex and a BA in Economics with a minor in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut.
To understand the wave of violent attacks on Lebanon's LGBTQ+ community, we must look at how deeply embedded patriarchy is in the state and society, and the threat queerness presents to the country's political system, writes Hussein Cheaito.