Posts Tagged “Lebanon”

The newly formed Lebanese cabinet deserves a chance

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The newly formed Lebanese cabinet deserves a chance

The newly formed Lebanese cabinet deserves a chance By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz A popular uprising forced the resignation of the Lebanese prime minister and his cabinet last October. But a strong self-serving government and a very unpopular parliament are still operating with full force. The uprising has a long way to go to achieve its…

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A new prime minister for Lebanon: a change-agent from campus

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A new prime minister for Lebanon: a change-agent from campus

A new prime minister for Lebanon: a change-agent from campus?  By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz On December 19, Lebanese President Michel Aoun named Hassan Diab, the vice president of the American University of Beirut (AUB), to form the next cabinet. Saad Hariri resigned on October 29, twelve days after nationwide street demonstrations erupted. Stability is eroding…

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Regime not listening to the people and future of Lebanon at crossroad

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Regime not listening to the people and future of Lebanon at crossroad

Regime not listening to the people and future of Lebanon at crossroad The sociopolitical situation in Lebanon deteriorates. A sign of hope is the resilience of the October 17 uprising.  Public protest against the government’s corruption is unprecedented. Led by women and young adults, the uprising is authentic, effective and peaceful.  The central question is…

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Uprising in Lebanon must focus on domestic reform, not on Hezbollah

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Uprising in Lebanon must focus on domestic reform, not on Hezbollah

Uprising in Lebanon must focus on domestic reform, not on Hezbollah By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The uprising is not about Hezbollah’s dominant role in Lebanon, and it should not be; it is largely about corrupt domestic politics. But the attitude of Hezbollah- locally know as The Resistance- toward real reform may either help or derail…

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Personal Reflections of a Lebanese American on Trump Power and Civil Discord

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Personal Reflections of a Lebanese American on Trump Power and Civil Discord

Personal Reflections of a Lebanese American on Trump Power and Civil Discord By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz Americans are divided on many basic issues and President Trump has reinforced this tension. Trump is both a contributing factor to America’s pain and a symptom of its dysfunction. The fact that our commander in chief is still popular…

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Census and (lack of) Sensibility in the way nation’s manipulate population data

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Census and (lack of) Sensibility in the way nation’s manipulate population data

Census and (lack of) Sensibility in the way nation’s manipulate population data Governments around the world manipulate their Census data on populations in order to undermine minority rights and strengthen government abuses against minorities. In the United States, the government has used the Census for decades as a means of suppressing the actual numbers of…

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