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Consequences of nixing the Iran deal

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Consequences of nixing the Iran deal

Consequences of nixing the Iran deal By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The US Administration cannot afford to create conditions that may lead to a new war in the Middle East. President Donald Trump is expected to challenge the JCPOA agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Trump considers this international nuclear deal with France,…

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Outdated inheritance laws indicative of larger issue: status of Arab women

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Outdated inheritance laws indicative of larger issue: status of Arab women

Outdated inheritance laws indicative of larger issue: status of Arab women By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Personal statutes are hard to change in the Middle East; their enforcement is entrusted to conservative religious establishments. Outdated laws regulate marriage, inheritance, divorce, death, adoption and other family related matters. It is very difficult to introduce reform to what…

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Israeli settlements and Palestinian terror: a moral equivalence?

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Israeli settlements and Palestinian terror: a moral equivalence?

Israeli settlements and Palestinian terror: a moral equivalence? Moral obsessions block creative solutions to political disputes By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz I recently asked a Palestinian friend this provocative question: Is there moral equivalence between building Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories and Palestinian “acts of terror”? He said “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands and Palestinian acts…

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Futility of Gulf Cooperation Council diplomacy towards Qatar

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Futility of Gulf Cooperation Council diplomacy towards Qatar

Futility of Gulf Cooperation Council diplomacy towards Qatar By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Shunning Qatar undermines a precious structure of pan-Arab diplomacy. The blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar is more about relations with Iran than alleged links to terrorism. Unlike Saudi Arabia, Qatar has good relations with Iran…

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Qatar should not capitulate

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Qatar should not capitulate

Qatar should not capitulate By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The travel and trade blockade on Qatar – imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt- is less about “stopping terrorism” and contacts with radical “Islamists” than about Qatar questioning Riyadh’s tough position against Tehran. The anti-Qatar Arab countries, having serious issues of their…

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Emerging optimism for Lebanon’s political deadlock

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Emerging optimism for Lebanon’s political deadlock

Emerging optimism for Lebanon’s political deadlock Will the Lebanese living abroad visit their homeland in large numbers this summer? By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz A disastrous civil war that lasted fifteen years (1975-1990) nearly obliterated Lebanon’s image as the “Switzerland of the Middle East.” Since the end of the civil war Lebanon has been reconstructed, physically,…

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Trump approach may not help Israel-Palestine peace process

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Trump approach may not help Israel-Palestine peace process

Trump approach may not help Israel-Palestine peace process The peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has been dormant for almost two years. President Trump has promised to reactivate negotiations. However, by sending alarming messages to Iran and, in contrast, conveying seductive rhetoric to Israel, the new US president does not seem predisposed to calm…

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Crucial Choices for Arab American Voters

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Crucial Choices for Arab American Voters

Crucial Choices for Arab American Voters Arab American have a crucial choice ahead of them but many are not taking it seriously By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Arab Americans are unanimous in their love for hummus and tabouli but not in their choice of presidential candidates.   According to the Arab American Institute 60 % percent of…

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With limited expectations, Lebanon to elect a president

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With limited expectations, Lebanon to elect a president

With limited expectations, Lebanon to elect a president After two years and a half and 45 previous attempts the Lebanese parliament is finally expected to elect 81 year old Michel Aoun as president. With a controversial background in the civil war – which ended in 1990- Aoun is an ambitious and tenacious Christian leader. More…

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Hezbollah in Syria prolongs Lebanon political vaccum

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Hezbollah in Syria prolongs Lebanon political vaccum

Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria prolongs political vacuum in Lebanon. Since April 2014 the Lebanese parliament has convened 42 sessions for choosing the leader of the so called “confessional democracy” of the Middle East. Only in politics the Lebanese are slow learners. The key to this electoral impasse lies in Syria. For the continuation of Hezbollah’s role in…

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Syria’s future will profoundly impact the region

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Syria’s future will profoundly impact the region

The atrocities perpetrated by all sides of the civil war in Syria have reached the level of genocide. Half the population of 23 million people has been displaced. 300,000 have died. Over two million injured? The country is in ruins. National unity is severely eroded. By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The atrocities perpetrated by all sides…

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US elections fuel tension of Arab-Israeli conflict

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US elections fuel tension of Arab-Israeli conflict

Many candidates in the U.S. elections for president pandering to the conflict in the Middle East, adding more turmoil rather than finding solutions By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz America’s short sighted foreign policy on the Palestine question plays well in the current presidential elections.  The Arab-Israeli conflict is an attractive medium for pandering to campaign donors…

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