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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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A regional approach to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

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A regional approach to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

A regional approach to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict Writer Ghassan Rubeiz explores the challenge of ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and achieving peace on a regional basis. By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Peacemaking is more about settling on new ideas and novel experiences than about border disputes. In the role of occupiers, Israelis have developed an arbitrary sense…

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Trump’s Jerusalem proclamation backfires.

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Trump’s Jerusalem proclamation backfires.

Trump’s Jerusalem proclamation backfires. By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz On December 6 President Donald Trump appeased his Evangelical constituency by unilaterally proclaiming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, where the US embassy should relocate. Palestinians consider this proclamation as a denial of their rights to East Jerusalem as capital of their own future state. The Trump declaration has…

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