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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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December 10, 2014

"More Simplistic Nonsense from the United States Government"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"It is exasperating to listen to American officials pontificate about events in the Middle East and offer reasonable sounding proposals to resolve the area’s problems, when those same officials and the entire political power structure they represent refuse to acknowledge that they have played a major role in creating or expanding those problems. This is why it is astounding to watch the United States now lead the military assault against the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) by using the same techniques that contributed in a major way to the birth and growth of the militant Islamist ideology that forms the core of ISIS and its criminal deeds."

 

 

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December 6, 2014

"The Universal Horrors of Killing with Impunity"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The dramatic spontaneous outbreak of dozens of demonstrations across major cities in the United States protesting the police killings of black civilian men captures the best and worst of American culture. It may also allow Americans to appreciate the similar sentiments of shock, anger and vulnerability — and also sustained resistance — that define others around the world who suffer similar grotesque behavior by security forces on a regular basis."

 

 

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December 3, 2014

"Egypt Is Sad, but Still Hard to Read"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Egypt has always been impossible to describe. Now it is also impossible to analyze. The acquittal of former President Hosni Mubarak last weekend marks a symbolic nail in the coffin of the uprising and revolution that overthrew his government in February 2011. It is tempting but reckless to make definitive judgments about the meaning of the extraordinary stages of Egyptian political life since then."

 

 

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November 29, 2014

"Obama's Dangerous Embrace of War"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the surprising aspects of following U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East from within the United States, as I have done for several months now on an extended visit, is the peculiar gap between ordinary citizens’ sentiments and the fact that the United States is actively militarily engaged in several countries in the region. This dangerous trend means that the American president — it does not matter which party he is from, because they both act similarly irresponsibly abroad — can continue to use the country’s enormous capabilities to wage war around the world at will."

 

 

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November 26, 2014

"Important Lessons from the Iran Negotiations"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"This week’s extension in the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 is a welcomed jolt of composure and realism in a process that for years has been characterized by wild allegations, emotional retorts and intemperate actions. The decision to extend talks and keep negotiating to achieve a final agreement by next summer seems to cement the decision to deal with the accusations of Iran’s alleged desire to obtain a nuclear bomb as a technical issue that has a technical solution, rather than a continuation of the tendency of the United States and Israel, primarily, to treat Iran as a hapless colonial subject."

 

 

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November 22, 2014

"The Cycle of Death Is No Surprise"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The last few weeks’ escalating cycle of tensions, Israeli settlements expansions, murderous attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians, and reprisal demolitions of Palestinian homes may well escalate into something much more vicious and terrible, but it is hard to see what such an escalation would achieve. We have witnessed such cycles many times in the past 66 years, since Israel was created and the Palestinians experienced forced exile, refugeehood and occupation."

 

 

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November 19, 2014.

"Only Active Citizens Can Save Their Precious States"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"One of the most fascinating issues that defines the Arab world today is the precarious status of half a dozen countries that run the risk of collapsing or fragmenting into smaller units. Media speculation, politicians’ comments and serious scholarly deliberations all address the possibility that countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya could fracture and give birth to smaller statelets that are largely based on ethnic, tribal or sectarian identities, much like Yugoslavia split up into several smaller countries in the 1990s."

 

 

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November 12, 2014

"Is Jerusalem the Last Battle?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The escalating isolated incidents of violence between Israelis and Palestinians during the past few months have focused heavily on Jerusalem, and for good reason. The reason is not only the religious significance of the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount area that is holy to both people; it is that Jerusalem today is a microcosm of the whole Zionism-Arabism conflict, and a replay of the nationalist contestation that Zionism won in the period from the 1930s to 1948."

 

 

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November 8, 2014

"Impressive Citizenship in Professor Horn's Class in Boston"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Rami Khouri reflects on citizenship, youth in the United States, and America's role in the Middle East.

 

 

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November 5, 2014

"President Rivlin’s Important, Intriguing Gesture"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Khouri highlights and analyzes Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's recent visit to the town of Kafr Qassim, where 49 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli police on October 28, 1956.

 

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