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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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February 3, 2014

"Hollywood and Real Life"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT—If you think the controversy of actress Scarlett Johansson’s relationships with Oxfam and the Israeli company Sodastream is a minor side story about Hollywood celebrities, think again. This is the latest signal of a major direction of Palestinian and global activism against Israeli settler-colonial policies in the occupied Palestinian territories, which reveals Israel’s weak spot globally and its growing isolation because of its occupation and treatment of Palestinians.

 

 

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January 29, 2014

"President Sisi Rides Precarious Passions into Office"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"It is fitting that Egyptian armed forces commander Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi has decided to assume the presidency of his country, because two of the three main problems that Egypt faces are a consequence of his own decisions during the past year. These are the massive schism in society between the Muslim Brotherhood that he banned and the rest of the country, and the continuing tradition of military control over civilian politics and national governance (the third problem is the chronic issue of economic growth that can create enough jobs for the two million + Egyptians born every year)."

 

 

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January 27, 2014

"The Graffiti Speaks Eloquently"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri reflects on the dynamics of Egypt in the run-up to the anniversary of the toppling of the Husni Mubarak regime.

 

 

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January 22, 2014

"Making War and Peace in Geneva"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The international gathering in Montreux Wednesday that precedes the Geneva II Syrian peace conference Friday got off to a bumpy start with the dispute about whether or not Iran would attend. The issue is important not only because of the specific matter of Iran’s presence, but also for what it tells us about the larger circles of contestation that are reflected in this process."

 

 

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January 20, 2014

"Anthropology, Not Politics, Rules in Egypt"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The [new Egyptian] constitution was approved by an astounding, and totally expected, 98 percent of voters, for most of those who opposed it boycotted the process altogether, either from conviction or intimidation. The vast majority of international and local observers found almost nothing seriously wrong with the mechanics of the voting, so the 98 percent approval accurately reflects the sentiments of those who voted. Yet many observers criticized the wider political environment that did not permit a serious debate about the merits or the constitution or the unilateral political process that created it."

 

 

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January 15, 2014

"Welcoming an Historic Day in Court"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The court sessions of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) that open in The Hague Thursday to try the five people accused of being involved in the killing of the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri represent a potentially significant moment in the long and ugly—and continuing—history of political violence in the modern Middle East. The STL has had a complex and contested history since its establishment in 2006, soon after the Hariri assassination, with both those who support and oppose it offering arguments that need to be considered seriously."

 

 

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January 13, 2014

"The Larger National Tragedy of Ariel Sharon"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The wildly divergent appraisals of the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon are as passionate and contradictory as he was in life. Many see him as a hero, a visionary and a brilliant political and military tactician, many others as a war criminal, a racist colonizer, and a lifelong killer and tormentor of Palestinians and Arabs. The tragedy of his life—and of modern Israel and Zionism—is that both views are correct, as seen from different sides."

 

 

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January 10, 2014

"Al-Qaeda Has No Future in the Arab World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Many people in the Middle East and abroad are rightly concerned about the rise and impact of hardline Salafist-takfiri fundamentalist Islamist groups that have recently proliferated and controlled territory in Iraq and Syria. Groups like the Al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Nusra Front, and many other smaller ones represent perhaps the fastest growing ideological sector in the region, in some cases attracting tens of thousands of adherents..."

 

 

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January 8, 2014

"This Post-Everything Middle East Moment"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"With daily car bombs, suicide bombers, assassinations, kidnappings, ethnic warfare and collapsing government control across the Middle East, we are moving into the post-everything moment of our modern history—post-colonial, post-nationalist, post-statehood, post-imperial, post-Islamist, post-revolutionary, post-developmental and post-modern."

 

 

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January 4, 2014

"How Does Dysfunctional Governance Absorb $3 Billion?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The continuing wave of bombings and assassinations in the heart of the two main ideological camps in Lebanon have prompted a string of dire warnings from top political and sectarian leaders—Hizbullah’s Naim Qassem, Future Movement’s Saad Hariri, Amal leader Nabih Berri, Progressive Socialist leader Walid Jumblatt, and others—that the country is threatened with destruction if things continue along their current trajectory..."

 

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