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When Erik Chiniara founded the analytical news website L'Echo du Cedre (The Cedar's Echo), he hoped other young Lebanese abroad would rally to his message of secularism, modernity and peace.The website is updated monthly in English and French, covering economic, social, cultural and political subjects of importance to Lebanon."When I think about the regional conflicts, it reminds me of the old rivalries between European countries," he said, suggesting that a peaceful settlement between Arab countries and Israel is possible and desirable.In fact, he recently wrote a piece advocating for the establishment of a single bi-national state where Israelis and Palestinians enjoy equal rights as citizens. Chiniara said his proposal, which is not unique but far from popular, is founded in his liberal, pacifist values. Chiniara said he was hesitant to seek outside support that might compromise the site's integrity.
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