Posts Tagged “Lebanon”

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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Arab Youth Survey raises some serious concerns

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Arab Youth Survey raises some serious concerns

Arab Youth Survey raises some serious concerns A study by one of the world’s largest PR companies, Burson-Marsteller, of Arab young people in 16 countries in the Levant, Gulf and North Africa offers disturbing insight into the regional concerns and the powerful influence of the mainstream Western news media. Not surprisingly, the further away Arab…

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In International Law subsidiary: Can war be just?

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In International Law subsidiary: Can war be just?

In International Law subsidiary: Can war be just? When political leaders say they hate war, they should not capitalize on war to get elected and govern. By Abdennour Toumi Carl von Clausewitz, an experienced general and well-known military theorist, proposed that the conscious conduct of war — strategy and tactics in geo-politics — should be…

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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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Only one Arab movie makes Oscar cut

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Only one Arab movie makes Oscar cut

Only one Arab movie makes Oscar cut The Middle East war often flares up on the big screen between the forces of the racist communications savvy Israel and the oppressed people of Palestine and the Arab World. But this year, only one movie has made it to the partisan prejudices of the corrupt Western World,…

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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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