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A version of Arab Spring impacts Saudis

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A version of Arab Spring impacts Saudis

A version of Arab Spring impacts Saudis By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz If Saudi Arabia is seeking “serious” political and social reform, it may be an indication that the Arab Spring is still active. For those who may have forgotten about the serial street uprisings, it is fair to say that the 2011 and 2012 events…

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Israel deserves better partners than Trump and the Christian Right

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Israel deserves better partners than Trump and the Christian Right

Israel deserves better partners than Trump and the Christian Right By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The current Israeli government expects unquestioned US support, blind backing of the Christian Right and eternal solidarity of American Jews to last forever. This is a too narrow perspective for long term planning. Let us first examine US support to Israel,…

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Promising Lebanese elections may have little impact on nation’s precarious system

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Promising Lebanese elections may have little impact on nation’s precarious system

Promising Lebanese elections may have little impact on nation’s precarious system By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The sole remarkable “result” of the parliamentary elections in troubled Lebanon is that it did happen- and it was competitive. A country of 4.5 million citizens hosting a million and a half Syrian and Palestinian refugees is nonetheless capable of…

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With Israel and Iran clashing over Syria, no end in sight for the conflict

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With Israel and Iran clashing over Syria, no end in sight for the conflict

With Israel and Iran clashing over Syria, no end in sight for the conflict Conflict in Syria expands beyond Syria including Russia, Iran, Israel, the United States, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia and Europe By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz In Syria, the conflict is no longer primarily Syrian. With seven years of political and military escalation, Syria has…

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Jerusalem: Co-existence not Denial

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Jerusalem: Co-existence not Denial

Jerusalem: Co-existence not Denial Moving U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem does not support the cause of peace, but it’s not drastic. It exploits the shameful weaknesses of the Arab World leadership. Here’s a look at Jerusalem’s history By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Washington DC, March 26, 2018 — President Donald Trump has not advanced the…

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Invoking God’s affiliation in Mideast conflicts

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Invoking God’s affiliation in Mideast conflicts

Invoking God’s affiliation in Mideast conflicts A close look at the tenuous relationship between Lebanon and Hezbollah. Hezbollah is neither a unique “state-within-a-state” phenomenon in the region nor the only entity proclaiming to be a “Party of God”.  One can see analogous dynamics in Israel settlers’ movement. By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz In Arabic “Hezbollah” stands for…

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