Atallah Al-Salim speaks to Mish Jareedi on Take Back LAU Council 2013 Alternative candidates campaign.
“Alternative Students Movement mobilized LAU students in Beirut campus and campaigned for setting affordable tuition fees. The initiative which began small in size and limited to Beirut campus had increased rapidly to be cross-faculties and cross campuses with Byblos campus students joining the movement as well. Last year, a young, passionate, educated and hard worker Hassan Harb was able to be part of the Students Council Body. This year, some other candidates will try their luck. Some would say that luck is superstitious, but you can always make it real when you have a human touch on it. Till then, all what I can ask you is voting for the movement’s candidates and this is the good luck they need from you!”
LAU graduate, Class of 2009
Atallah Al Salim currently works as a research officer at UNRWA.
Al Salim BA in Political Science/International Affairs graduate from the Lebanese American University. A social and political activist,he has worked on and published numerous reports and policy-proposals on Lebanese Participatory Democracy, Public Sector Reformation, and Local Development. He also published articles with the Daily Star, Assafir, and Al-Akhbar.
During his university years, Al Salim was involved in Pablo Neruda, a student political group based in LAU Beirut, promoting a secular approach to Lebanese politics. The Pablo Neruda group ceased exist after 2009.
– Mohamad Hodeib (Mish Jareedi)