Posts Tagged “Lebanon”

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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What the Swiss can offer Lebanon

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What the Swiss can offer Lebanon

What the Swiss can offer Lebanon By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz This week a Swiss delegation led by President Alain Berset is visiting Lebanon to strengthen “bilateral relations”. The team is also discussing the pressing issue of the Syrian refugees. Lebanon hosts the largest refugee population in the world, per capita; and Switzerland is the “global…

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Youth Hub Center to open in Lebanon with support from Joumana Kayrouz

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Youth Hub Center to open in Lebanon with support from Joumana Kayrouz

Youth Hub Center to open in Lebanon with support from Joumana Kayrouz Prominent Michigan Accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz announced this week that she will fund the building of a new youth hub center in Batroun, Lebanon as a part of a larger effort by Lebanese expatriates to support their former homeland. An icon of the American legal…

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Arab American veteran showcased during Immigrant Heritage Month

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Arab American veteran showcased during Immigrant Heritage Month

Arab American veteran showcased during Immigrant Heritage Month More than 12,000 Arab Americans served in the United States Military during World War II, and many served before and after in other wars defending America. Their service is an important part of Immigrant Heritage Month which is celebrated every June along with the achievements of other…

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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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