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Algeria and Sudan: The next (but not last) Arab Spring cycle

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Algeria and Sudan: The next (but not last) Arab Spring cycle

Algeria and Sudan: The next (but not last) Arab Spring cycle By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz State building takes decades not years. It is easier to topple dictators than regimes, and it is faster to change regimes than ideas. Protestors need to agree and organize to make a good transition to democracy. State building requires review…

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Will Algerian military serve people or regime?

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Will Algerian military serve people or regime?

Will Algerian military serve people or regime? By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The chief of army in Algeria has a chance of becoming the hero of the century. Will he take this opportunity? Algerians reject their newly appointed Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah. This caretaker leader was approved this week by the parliament. He is expected to…

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Lessons for Sudan’s and Algeria’s reformers from Arab Spring realities

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Lessons for Sudan’s and Algeria’s reformers from Arab Spring realities

Lessons for Sudan’s and Algeria’s reformers from Arab Spring realities By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The recently sparked public unrest in Sudan and Algeria are not receiving the media attention they deserve. An earlier round of public protest in the Arab world has discouraged many sympathizers of reform.  True, the 2011-2012 uprising in Tunisia advanced the…

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Optional civil marriage would serve Lebanon’s fragile democracy

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Optional civil marriage would serve Lebanon’s fragile democracy

Optional civil marriage would serve Lebanon’s fragile democracy By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Is Lebanon ready to introduce civil marriage legislation?  Not soon. But talk about responding to youth aspirations, political reform and voice of civil society is pure rhetoric as long as civil marriage is not allowed on Lebanese soil. Lebanese couples seeking secular marriage…

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Precarious times for Lebanon

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Precarious times for Lebanon

Precarious times for Lebanon By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The situation in Lebanon is worrisome.  Since May, political impasse persists as the prime minister-designate fails to form a cabinet. The economy worsens; national debt soars: over 150 % of GDP; badly needed international aid is postponed due to instability. A more important threat to this weak…

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For his own good, Saudi Crown Prince must seek graceful exit from Yemen

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For his own good, Saudi Crown Prince must seek graceful exit from Yemen

For his own good, Saudi Crown Prince must seek graceful exit from Yemen Saudi military actions in Yemen have caused a humanitarian disaster. With the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the situation has built up pressure to require Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to end conflict By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The civil war in…

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