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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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July 23, 2014

"Washington Absurdity, Arab Helplessness"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The bizarre role of the United States government in current events in Israel and Palestine has reached such a peak this week that someone in the realm of the absurd should create a prize for this and offer the inaugural one to John Kerry during his stay in Cairo today. Washington’s quest for a ceasefire in Gaza while wholeheartedly supporting and arming Israel’s onslaught against Palestinian civilians reflects the frightening extent of bankrupt Arab diplomacy and exercise of sovereign power as much as it reflects the true nature of American government siding with Israel."

 

 

July 18, 2014

"The Three Dimensions of War"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following ten days of attacking from the air and suffering Palestinian counter-attacks by far less effective small rockets? After every Israeli war and invasion that kills hundreds of Palestinians and destroys key elements of the civilian infrastructure, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other resistance groups regroup, replenish their military supplies, increase their technical capabilities and prepare for the next round of fighting with Israel."

 

 

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July 15, 2014

"A Century of Zionist-Palestinian Wars"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Words matter, they help us better understand our world and ourselves, especially at complex times such as this latest round of military attacks by Israelis and Palestinians. The prevalent global description and analysis of the fighting is inadequate for anyone who seeks seriously to grasp the three critical dimensions of the fighting — its causes, nature, and consequences."

 

 

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July 12, 2014

"Colonialism never ended in Palestine"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"What we are witnessing today is Israel behaving against Palestinians much as the French, British and Italian colonial powers behaved against Iraqis, Syrians, Egyptians, Algerians and Libyans a century or more ago. In its colonization of Arab lands and its raw military savagery against civilians, Israel gives us the best history lesson available of the conduct of colonial powers who treated natives as servants or subversives without rights, and who dealt with them primarily by repeated shows of force."

 

 

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July 9, 2014

"Palestinians won't launch a new intifada"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"As long as Palestinians are hobbled by their Israeli-induced fragmentation, occupation, isolation, siege and economic strangulation, and their own current incompetent leaderships, they will find it very difficult to generate a more effective response to their sustained pain and vulnerabilities. Yet alternatives to this condition have already appeared here and there in contemporary Palestinian political action."

 

 

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July 5, 2014

"Why Kuwait's protests are important"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Kuwait remains for me the most fascinating country in the Arab world today because the contestation of its citizens is purely political, rather than ethnic, sectarian, economic or social."

 

 

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July 2, 2014

"The principle of survival defines the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Any analyst or citizen of the countries of the Middle East quickly becomes dizzy these days in trying to find the start of a thread of ideas that could help explain the cataclysmic developments in Iraq and Syria, Lebanon, Palestine-Israel, Egypt, Libya, Kurdistan and other fractured and violent lands."

 

 

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June 28, 2014.

"Define 'moderation' President Obama"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance is under pressure today, as Iran’s three partners in Arab Western Asia all face challenging new realities. Assad continues to hold onto power only by bombing and destroying parts of his country, Maliki’s incumbency in Iraq is in deep trouble and he is unlikely to stay in power, while Hezbollah is fighting inside Syria and may have to go to the aid of the Iraqi prime minister. This creates new logistical and political challenges for a formidable organization that forged its credibility, legitimacy and power by defending Lebanon from Israeli aggression, not by fighting in other Arab countries."

 

 

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June 25, 2014

"The Presbyterian Church takes a stand on Israel"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

A significant shift in political dynamics related to the Middle East took place in Detroit last weekend where the Presbyterian Church of the United States voted to withdraw its investments in three companies that profit from sales to organizations involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands – Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard.

 

 

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June 21, 2014

"What Obama didn't say about Iraq's mess"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"President Barack Obama’s decision to help the Iraqi armed forces contain or defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) by sending 300 military advisers and offering intelligence, equipment and other support is fully in keeping with the confused American response to the situation in the Middle East. I give him an “A” for consistency, and a “D” for efficacy."

 

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