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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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Hariri shelves his resignation: conditional good news for Lebanon

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Hariri shelves his resignation: conditional good news for Lebanon

Hariri shelves his resignation: conditional good news for Lebanon By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz A sigh of relief in Lebanon: On November 22 Prime Minister Saad Hariri put on hold his November 4th resignation in a cabinet which includes Hezbollah Party, in order to negotiate terms for Lebanon’s neutrality in Arab affairs.  “Neutrality,” “dissociation” and “self…

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Hariri’s resignation sign of more trouble for Lebanon and the region

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Hariri’s resignation sign of more trouble for Lebanon and the region

Hariri’s resignation sign of more trouble for Lebanon and the region By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri last week has serious implications for Lebanon, the region, and beyond. Hariri’s withdrawal from political office was shocking in form and substance. The televised resignation speech was delivered in Riyadh, not in Beirut. …

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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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