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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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2009 (continued)

November 2, 2009

The Need for Israeli Lawfulness and Accountability

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- A series of recent reports and statements critical of Israel by respected individuals and institutions reminds us of a vital challenge to coherent national development and safeguarding the rule of law in the Middle East: Why should anyone respect international law and orderly relations among nations if such standards of conduct are not equally applied to all?

 

 

October 28, 2009

The Tunisian Election as the Latest Laughingstock

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- It is difficult to understand, rationally or emotionally, the full meaning of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s election victory for a fifth consecutive term Sunday, with 89.6 percent of the vote, after two decades in power. One wonders whether we should congratulate the president on his massive victory, or offer him expressions of sympathy because his share of the votes slipped below 90 percent for the first time since he took over power in 1987.

 

 

October 26, 2009

After Nine Months

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- A month after US President Barack Obama met in New York with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week gave him the progress report on Arab-Israeli peace-making that he had requested. As expected, it said that very slight progress had been made but the hard work of resuming meaningful peace negotiations remained ahead.

 

 

October 21, 2009

The Wisdom of Judge Goldstone

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- The Goldstone Report on the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza that was released by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) late last month generated a brief flash of publicity because it criticized Israel and Hamas for conduct in the war that could be classified as war crimes and crimes against humanity. The deeper and wider implications of the report, however, have not been sufficiently discussed or acted upon, which is a shame. The Goldstone Report, officially called “Human Rights in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories: Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict,” is important for several reasons:

 

 

October 14, 2009

A Prize for America’s Peace with Itself

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- I heard the news of Barack Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize on a day when I had the pleasure of experiencing the best and worst extremes of American culture: a highway rest stop, and the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Nobel Prize to Obama was a well-deserved gesture, in my view, but I suspect it is more about the country than the man, and to understand this country you need to wander its extremes.

 

 

October 12, 2009

Too Early to Judge Obama's Middle East Policy

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

OSTON -- How the new winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has been planning his policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict is starting to become clearer, but remains mostly unclear. It is clearer because of recent moves on such matters as the Richard Goldstone report on the Gaza war and the pressure on Israel to freeze settlements. But it would be a mistake to jump to conclusions and assume that Obama’s Middle East policy is reverting to the traditional American default position of being in Israel’s pocket. It is too early to judge the United States here, and we should not make the mistake of passing judgment on a policy that is still in the making.

 

 

October 9, 2009

The Emptiness of the Palestinian Presidency

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- I was at the United Nations two weeks ago when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the 60th anniversary of UNRWA, and his performance was thoroughly empty and unimpressive. Abbas is a spent force, lacking both serious legitimacy and perceptible impact. He hangs on to some thin threads of credibility from his long association with Yasser Arafat and the Fateh leadership from the days when they represented a Palestinian national strategy, and mattered, because they had some self-respect. This is no longer the case, sadly.

 

 

October 5, 2009

A Forest of Guns and A Shopping Mall

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- In my frequent travels throughout the Arab world, I have always found a striking and troubling contrast between the rich vitality and humanity of the private realm of Arabs everywhere, and the shallow, demagogic, predictable and generally hollow nature of public activity. This distinction between the private and public realms and how people behave in them may provide useful insights into the wider political and national problems that plague much of our region.

 

 

September 30, 2009

Partnering for Progress in the Middle East

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- At almost every international or regional gathering these days on how to fix the assorted problems and deficiencies in the Middle East, a common theme keeps popping up: What is the most effective and legitimate way for foreign parties -- governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities or companies -- to help achieve advances in areas like human rights, economic growth, social protection, democratization, or technological advancement?

 

 

September 28, 2009

The UNRWA at 60

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

UNITED NATIONS, New York City -- Activities at UN headquarters in New York City Thursday commemorating the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) coincided with the latest political developments revolving around the meeting last Tuesday of US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas. Political leaders on all fronts have wildly failed the Palestinian and Israeli people’s right to live in secure, stable societies, while the thousands of UNRWA employees have consistently made sure that millions of politically abandoned and physically vulnerable refugees receive the basic services and common decencies that are the birthright of every human being.

 

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