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0:00 Intro 1:48 Optimism 12:25 Hope in the Future 18:26 Foundation 24:52 Sectarianism 33:29 Missed Opportunity 38:35 Economics 43:48 Sovereignty 1:00:08 An Independent Voice 1:06:52 Kulluna Irada We're with Albert Kostanian for Episode 260 of The Beirut Banyan. Click to watch: https://youtu.be/wMzOpwbCP0A We discuss nuanced optimism when it comes to the future of Lebanon and a wider calling for political agency and shared destiny. Our conversation includes examining illusive pillars that are gradually fading, missed opportunities at addressing reform and the power of independent voices emerging on alternative and mainstream media. Albert Kostanian is the host of Vision 2030 on LBCI and board chairman for Kulluna Irada. For more information on Kulluna Irada: http://kulluna-irada.org Help support The Beirut Banyan by contributing via PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/walkbeirut Or donating through our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thebeirutbanyan Subscribe to our podcast from your preferred platform. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @thebeirutbanyan And check out our website: www.beirutbanyan.com Music by Marc Codsi. Animation & illustration by Sana Chaaban.