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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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2008 (continued)

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December 29, 2008

"Punishing Gaza in Vain"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

History shows Israel's insistence on military overkill (literally) will only cause the Palestinians to come back stronger and with more political will. Its insistence on Middle East military dominance results in fewer friends and more enemies.

 

 

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December 24, 2008

"Obama and the Muslim World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Barack Obama should quickly understand that the same principle applied to what he calls "the Muslim world" -- that there is no Muslim world, any more than there is a monolithic Christian or Black world in the United States.

 

 

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December 22, 2008

"Arab Sovereignty and Sovereign Wealth Funds"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"This is a moment when some Arabs should be thinking more in terms of enhancing the wealth of their sovereignty, rather than merely bemoaning the erratic performance of their sovereign wealth."

 

 

December 17, 2008

"Respect Will Decide the Gaza Ceasefire"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Reasonable people would expect that Israelis and Palestinians alike prefer a ceasefire to active warfare, especially since mutual attacks have never resolved the core conflict. Hamas' decision to extend the ceasefire is not going to be made on the basis of what makes its people more or less comfortable, or what entices Israelis into opening the gates a little bit wider to allow more consumer goods to enter Gaza. The basis on which Hamas makes such decisions reflects its wider worldview of the character and aims of Israel, and the nature of its confrontation with Israel."

 

 

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December 15, 2008

"Refugees and Human Rights, 60 Years Later"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"I sat down for a chat in Beirut this week with Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the body charged with meeting the basic needs of Palestinian refugees. When I asked how she saw overall refugee conditions and needs, her reply was stark: 'Of the 28 basic human rights in the Universal Declaration, not a single one is being observed in the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.'"

 

 

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December 10, 2008

"Bush-Rice: A Legacy of Lies and Delusion"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice have tried their hand at real-time historical revisionism and plain old-fashioned political fantasy, by claiming that they leave the Middle East in better shape than it has been for decades."

 

 

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December 3, 2008

"Watching Washington Come into Focus"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Henceforth, foreign policy-making will reflect the collective views of the national security-foreign policy team led by Barack Obama -- one which is impressive for its sobriety and experience."

 

 

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December 1, 2008

"Law Over Gun"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Three separate developments now taking place in different parts of the Arab world might have real consequences for this region's future: the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment against the Sudanese president Omar Hassan Bashir, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) approved by the Iraqi parliament to see the United States withdraw fully by the end of 2011, and the mixed Lebanese-international special tribunal that will try those to be accused of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and a dozen other public figures."

 

 

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November 26, 2008

"Making Sense on Iran in Washington"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Two sensible discussions suggest ways to approach American-Iranian relations in the Obama era: Embrace mutual interests, the rule of law, international convention, and mutual respect."

 

 

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November 24, 2008

"Somali Piracy Reflects a Troubling World"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"Human beings should have as much right to security and the protection of the rule of law as ships carrying oil, tanks, cars and tennis shoes. That is a resonate lesson behind the Somali piracy -- at least in the Arab world."

 

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