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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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2014 (continued)

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May 12, 2014

"The ICC Beckons Palestine-Israel"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri writes about the push by international human rights organizations for Palestine to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) to end a lack of accountability for crimes committed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

 

 

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May 7, 2014

"To the Judges of Egypt: Why do you do this?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The conduct of the courts and judges in Egypt during the past three years stands out for me as a critical element to watch as the country continues its tortuous route to a pluralistic constitutional democracy. If an independent, professional judiciary that checks autocratic tendencies and upholds citizen rights succumbs to the corrosive ways of military- or theocracy-dominated autocracy, Egyptians will anticipate only grief in their political future. The conduct of elements of the Egyptian judiciary in recent months has shocked me and millions of others across the Arab world. Most of us are despairing about what to do, for nothing seems able to budge Egypt from its current course. So here is my “Open Letter to the Judges of Egypt,” hoping naively that their sense of Egypt’s pride of place in modern Arab history might still prod them to snap out of their destructive course and help right the ship of state."

 

 

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May 7, 2014

"Vulnerable Palestinians Also Have Opportunities"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The collapse of the American-mediated Palestinian-Israeli negotiations last week ushers in a period of uncertainty that will most likely be dominated by many unilateral moves, combined with appropriate threats and warnings from all sides. The Palestinians are in the most difficult position, given their relative weakness militarily, their fragmentation politically, and their vulnerability economically. Yet this moment is also an opportunity for the Palestinians on three important fronts: national unity, coordinated political resistance, and mobilizing international support."

 

 

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April 29, 2014

"Catastrophe Ahead After Peace Talks Collapse"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Israeli decision to break off negotiations with the Palestinians last week after the Palestinian groups Fateh and Hamas announced their reconciliation agreement reveals the darkest and most destructive sides of Israel and its Western backers vis-a-vis their declared desire for a negotiated peace agreement: their inconsistency, insincerity and hypocrisy. You might say these are normal attributes of any political actor, which is true to some extent. But here this kind of behaviour also advances the accusation that Israel and the United States in particular only wish to negotiate peace on their terms, and not on terms that treat the Palestinians and Israelis equally."

 

 

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April 22, 2014

"Israeli Extremism or Zionism’s True Colors?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"This week, the Israeli transportation ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis to travel on buses without Palestinians. Some months ago, the Israeli government started discussing a bill in parliament that would identify Palestinian Christians with Israeli citizenship as “non-Arabs.” These are among the continuing actions by the state of Israel that cause more and more people around the world to roll their eyes in disbelief—for they see Israel slowly turning into an Apartheid-like state that plays with the demography of its citizens and those under its occupation, in order to enhance the wellbeing of the politically dominant Zionist and Jewish majority."

 

 

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April 22, 2014

"Why Diplomacy Succeeds and Fails"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri explores why some key international negotiations succeed while others, namely the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian deliberations, do not.

 

 

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April 17, 2014

"Cure Rot by Exposing It to Fresh Air"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the most fascinating but problematic recent incidents on the extent of allowable free speech in the United States took place this week when Brandeis University withdrew an invitation to the Somali-Dutch-American anti-Islamic firebrand Ayaan Hirsi Ali to give a speech and receive an honorary degree. After the university administration issued the invitation, over 80 Brandeis faculty sent a letter to the school’s president demanding the withdrawal of the invitation—which is what happened. The university invited her instead to speak on campus and engage in a public dialogue, which she declined."

 

 

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April 14, 2014

"Lebanon Rejoins the Arab World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the gradual developments that has taken place over the past few years has been the almost total reversal of Lebanon’s place in geopolitics of the Middle East, which likely portends more years of stress and violence ahead."

 

 

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April 8, 2014

"Another Hollow Arab ‘Reform’ Promise"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK—The humiliations and scorn that many Arab leaders heap on their populations seem to have no end. Despite a few Arab dictators having been toppled or challenged by their own disgruntled citizens, the remaining ones appear not to have learned any lessons, and persist in their cruel ways in one hapless country after another.

 

 

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April 8, 2014

"Hints for a Workable Negotiating ‘Framework’"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses framework options for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to move forward.

 

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