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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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Email: rgkhouri@gmail.com

 

 

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2015 (continued)

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June 10, 2015

"The US Supreme Court wisely upholds the law"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the great battles that has been taking place within the United States in recent years has seen two separate issues meshed into a single confrontation: One is the powers of the Congress vs. the powers of the president in foreign policy decisions, and the second is whether the United States should stand squarely behind Israel in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or pay the role of an impartial mediator that seeks a negotiated peace based on international law that meets the security interests of both sides."

 

 

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June 8, 2015

"Lech Walesa on liberty and struggle"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

“Every lesson and experience adapts to its time and place, and some things exhaust themselves with time. I would give one piece of advice to activists today: act like good bacteria, and do not destroy the organism you live in. Leaders, for their part, must be like football coaches, not doing too much or too little, increasing pressure gradually, and not subjecting people to excess stress.”

 

 

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June 3, 2015

"The spirit lives, in Gdansk and Beirut"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Even in wealthy energy-producing states, where most material needs are met, many citizens are constrained by limits on their freedom of speech and collective political action outside the realm of what the government approves. In most of the poorer Arab world, several hundred million people suffer these same rights humiliations, along with serious material deficiencies in education, housing and health care quality, jobs and income, social safety nets, and abuse of power."

 

 

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May 30, 2015

"ISIS attracts because Arab systems repel"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"We know from polls over the past decade that nearly half of all young people in the poorer Arab states see their government institutions as lacking credibility or even legitimacy, but most of them do not join ISIS or undertake an equally desperate action. The bottom line is that so many of these people see ISIS as a viable, if desperate, last alternative to their current life — or at least they use ISIS as a means of taunting and challenging their governments. ISIS offers them, in their perceptions, everything that they lack in their lives today — order, moral certitude, righteous living, a sense of community, a job, empowerment, basic rights, reliable access to basic human services and needs, social justice and equitable treatment of all citizens, and a higher purpose in life."

 

 

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May 27, 2015

"If Joe Biden calls, you should duck or flee"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The combination of American and Arab armies in action in recent years has not been very impressive or reassuring for ordinary Arab men and women who dearly seek to live a normal, plain, unexceptional life — a life that is not dominated by local and foreign attacks, terrorism, mass refugee flows, imploding governments, weakened economies, heightened sectarian violence, ethnic cleansing, endemic corruption, public decapitations and flogging, and, now, the emergence of ISIS and other extreme movements like it."

 

 

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May 23, 2015

"Is joint Arab militarism really the answer?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"When Egyptian President Abdelfattah Sisi announced in late March after an Arab summit at Sharm el-Sheikh that leaders there had agreed on the principle of creating a “joint Arab military force” to respond to security threats in the region, the idea was greeted by considerable skepticism across much of the Arab world. Now, some two months later, and after chiefs-of-staff of Arab armed forces met in Egypt to discuss the matter further without announcing any of the results of their deliberations, the idea still elicits great doubts."

 

 

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May 20, 2015

"Time to welcome — and assist — the Europeans"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"If Europe genuinely supports a two-state solution — and I believe it does — then Europe can individually and collectively affirm that by recognizing the “state of Palestine,” even though the Palestinians do not enjoy full control of the territory of their anticipated state in the Israeli-occupied or -besieged West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Highlighting formal recognition of a Palestinian state and then activating that status through issues like recognizing passports, trade accords and other means will hasten the day when a majority of Israelis comes to its senses and lives peacefully with the Palestinians in contiguous states. "

 

 

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May 19, 2015

"US hosts Gulf allies in vain Camp David meeting"

Op-Ed, Aljazeera

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Camp David summit last week among the United States and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states ended with a fluffy communiqué whose mutual courtesies revealed no significant changes in either side’s positions. The troubling and ironic aspect of this event is that both sides were fixated on new security and military measures to address insecurities in the region — many of which exacerbated and some created by their own military policies and distorted threat perceptions. "

 

 

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May 16, 2015

"May 15 is an appropriate moment to remember…May 15, 1948"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"While a series of really serious new dangers like ISIS’ atrocities, the wars in Yemen, Syria and Libya, fighting in and near Lebanon, Iranian-Arab tensions, and an erratic governance transition in Egypt occupy the minds of most people around the Middle East, let me be the quiet voice that whispers in the ears of Middle East watchers: This Friday, May 15, marked the 67th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian exile and displacement, which occurred as a result of the creation of the state of Israel. That fact matters still today, and we ignore it and its consequences at our peril."

 

 

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May 13, 2015

"Attack ISIS’ drivers to defeat it"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"A frightening combination of elements shapes official and public perceptions of ISIS. This includes obvious gaps in knowledge about some aspects of ISIS and its operations; some frenzy about not being able to track or counter the multiple means of recruiting ISIS adherents via social media; and exaggerated fears that hundreds of ISIS members or supporters with foreign passports may be lurking in backyards, mosques or local grocery stores across American towns and cities."

 
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