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A fascinating political face-off this week will see demonstrations organized by the "You Stink" movement in Downtown Beirut publicly challenging the National Dialogue organized by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.These two poles of the current national contestation reflect different conceptions of political power and how the Lebanese government should operate.If so, Lebanon is in for an exciting and important challenge to the entrenched traditional leaders whose power comes from their share of parliamentary and cabinet seats and government jobs that are apportioned among Lebanon's 18 different religious groups.If such nonviolent resistance tactics and others to come generate mass support and successfully reform the power structure and governance system, Lebanon could well provide an example for other Arab countries to follow – that elusive third way between instant revolution and prolonged civil war.Relevant to other Arab states is how Lebanese have protested nonviolently to change the way political power is gained and wielded. Several hundred million Arabs who still strive to live in countries that respect them and their rights as citizens are watching Lebanon carefully.
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