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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)

April 20, 2009

"American-Israeli Moment of Reckoning?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The moment of reckoning in US-Israeli relations is approaching due to two related developments: the hardline position of the new Israeli government, and the linkages between progress in US-Iranian relations and progress in Arab-Israeli peace-making.

 

 

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April 13, 2009

"Iran Should Honor Obama's Courage"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Barack Obama has initiated a courageous first step in diplomacy with Iran. Iran must do likewise. Courage and boldness on both sides can initiate serious diplomatic engagement, which in turn can lead to breakthroughs that transform the entire Middle East.

 

 

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April 8, 2009

"Obama Gradually Changes Course"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

President Barack Obama's speech in Turkey gave vague hints couched in nice rhetoric -- intriguing hints that should be watched for signs of policies that affirm them. Large ships adjust their course slowly and incrementally, and Obama turned the wheel a few degrees.

 

 

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April 6, 2009

"Colonial Values Rule Again in Palestine"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Colonialism is all about one law for white men, and a different, harsher set of rules for the native darker people. Such is the negotiating reality for Palestinians with Israel and the West.

 

 

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April 1, 2009

"Israel’s Choke-Hold on America Loosens"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

In the United States these days, there is a slow but steady erosion of the once absolute taboo to speak out about the excessive influence of pro-Israeli groups on the country.

 

 

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March 30, 2009

"Six Strands of Contemporary Islam"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

When I hear people speak about “what’s wrong with Islam” or “Islam and the West,” my immediate response is to remind them that there is no such thing as a single “Islam” that can be diagnosed, analyzed or engaged as a monolithic whole.

 

 

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March 23, 2009

"Dialogue or Dictating to Iran?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

The American gestures to Iran seem sincere and serious, but from the Iranian perspective they still suffer from the persistent structural weakness of dictating the rules of the game to Iran and others in the Arab-Asian region.

 

 

March 18, 2009

"Criminally Unhelpful"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"It is bad enough when two of the world’s most powerful governments pull back from their previous positions of branding Israel’s contraventions of international law and UN resolutions as illegal and impermissible and instead call them “unhelpful” or just a threat to a lasting settlement. It is infinitely worse when the United States and the EU spend half their waking hours trying to spread democracy and the rule of law to the rest of the world while watering down a central Israeli contravention of the rule of international law."

 

 

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March 16, 2009

"Lingering Colonial Habits"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

It is now obvious that a once strict policy of isolating and opposing Islamist and other militant groups until they unilaterally changed their ways has not worked, and will not work.

 

 

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March 11, 2009

"Grand Bargaining and Basketball Trades"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

'Grand bargain' peacemaking in the greater Middle East region requires the sort of complex analysis leading to agreements that satisfy the needs of all sides, and Americans are very good at it -- in three-way professional sports trades.

 

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