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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 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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June 18, 2014

"Arabs search for legitimate statehood"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The popular uprisings that erupted three-and-a-half years ago have exposed the lack of foundations for coherent statehood in several Arab countries, and in some cases led to a vacuum that has been filled by various fighting forces in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The groups that will tap the desires of indigenous communities to live in peace with one another will be the ones to emerge victorious. Until then, the region will have to endure many years of violence that will only end when ordinary people feel they have had the opportunity to engage in the two seminal state-building processes that they have always been denied – self-determination and genuine sovereignty."

 

 

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June 14, 2014

"The ISIS peril clarifies what Arabs need"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The startling developments in northern Iraq, where the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has taken control of Mosul and other cities, highlights several troubling trends that have been evident across much of the Arab World for years."

 

 

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June 11, 2014

"Abandon the diplomacy of lies and fear"

Op-Ed, Daily Star

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The common thread here is the total lack of accountability or restraint in how global, mostly Western, powers focus on an issue related to a powerful Middle Eastern country, and then take action, from sanctions to warfare and regime change, to achieve the goals they set."

 

 

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June 7, 2014

"The Unserious Yet Durable Arab Electoral Spectacle"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The recent string of “elections” across the Arab world raises profound questions about the Arab world’s apparent difficulty in adopting institutions and practices of liberal pluralistic democracies. But is the problem really about the ability of Arab social values to accommodate democracy, or is there a deeper problem related to the clumsy nature of statehood that has emerged in this region during the past century?"

 

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