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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 28, 2014

"A Painful Guide to Arab Decay...and Rebirth"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Of all the Arab countries today that suffer violence or enjoy a superficial calm on the surface, Iraq is the saddest in my view, because of what it has not become in the last decade since the downfall of the hard and vicious Baathist regime. But first some context, because the agony of Iraq mirrors a wider Arab pattern of state mismanagement and mediocrity. Recent decades leave no doubt that the major modern Arab political problem is that entire countries are managed like private clubs by individual families; such privatized and personalized states do not function efficiently or serve their people well, which ultimately leads to their fragmentation or total collapse."

 

 

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May 24, 2014

"The Public Will Decides Egypt's Fate"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The millions of Egyptians who supported former Field Marshal Abdel Fatteh Sisi when he removed from office elected President Mohammad Morsi eleven months ago gave the impression that Sisi had overwhelming popular support for his actions and his candidacy. It remains unclear whether these sentiments among Egyptians were a genuine and lasting political statement or merely a short-lived form of mass hysteria that understandably sought the comforts of a secure and orderly life under a strongman."

 

 

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May 21, 2014

"We Should Applaud US Pragmatism on Hamas"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri discusses the implications of US engagement with Hamas under a unified Palestinian government, and the potential shift in US approach towards more pragmatic, fair diplomacy.

 

 

DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images

May 19, 2014

"Changed Ties with Iran Will Reconfigure the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"A few months ago we pretty much hit the bottom in violence and political discord across the entire Middle East, with active wars and insurgencies and daily terrorism defining many quarters of the region. The heartland of political violence has been the vast region of Lebanon-Syria-Iraq-Iran, which effectively has become a single operational arena in terms of the ease of movement of fighters and weapons for those who do battle around here."

 

 

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May 19, 2014

"A Checklist for Arab Change"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The dizzying pace of events across the Arab World during this fourth year of continuous citizen protests for a better life sees a very wide variety of developments in different country circumstances. It is easy to become confused by the very erratic pattern of events, and even to write off the last three and a half years as a noble but failed attempt to end the long Arab nightmare of security-ruled, family-run states. One symptom of this is the mass popular embrace of former armed forces commander Field Marshall Abdel Fattah Sisi to become the new president of Egypt, seemingly a move back to military rule in a new guise."

 

 

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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."

 

 

ABBAS MOMANI / AFP

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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