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Exercise in democracy
April 24, 2014 12:23 AM
The democratic process in Lebanon was respected Wednesday as 124 out of 128 MPs in the legislature showed up for the presidential polls, although no winner emerged.
True test of credibility
April 23, 2014 12:16 AM
Lebanon’s MPs will gather Wednesday in Downtown Beirut for the first attempt to elect a new president, although no one expects the session to produce a winning candidate supported by a two-thirds majority.
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Recycled presidency
April 19, 2014 12:06 AM
If enemies of rigid, one-party political regimes want to create a powerful visual message to highlight their grievances, they don’t have to resort to written slogans or powerful political cartoons – all they have to do is circulate the real-world photograph of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, wheelchair-ridden, casting his ballot Thursday.
Standing on principle
April 18, 2014 12:15 AM
The election of a president in Lebanon does not require a formal nomination process.
Reasoned debate
April 17, 2014 12:10 AM
The quest for parliamentary endorsement of a new salary scale for Lebanon’s teachers and public workers looks likely to continue for another few weeks, as a committee of MPs studies the matter.
The fairer vote
April 16, 2014 12:09 AM
Lebanon’s presidential campaign will see at least one woman candidate, after Nadine Moussa declares her bid next week.
Adding insult to injury
April 15, 2014 12:34 AM
No one who has the misfortune to work in Downtown Beirut, or has any reason to pass through it, could fail to notice that Parliament has once again decided to meet, with the closure of the capital’s center rendering everyone’s journey or day even more difficult than usual.
A bitter pill to swallow
April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
The latest police seizure of Captagon pills, around 12 million this time, must be commended, but until the problem is addressed at the source, the story looks set to continue, and the market will continue to overflow with the drug.
Don’t count on bankers
April 12, 2014 12:13 AM
Lebanon’s banks staged a one-day strike Friday, complaining that lawmakers were aiming to administer a “coup de grace” to the ailing economy by imposing a hike on their deposit revenue taxes.
Change the course
April 11, 2014 12:08 AM
The Syrian government is determined to press ahead with a presidential election, especially after the latest announcement that candidacies for the “race” will begin to be accepted later this month.
Obama myth shattered
April 10, 2014 12:15 AM
Attempting to cling desperately to its position as the world’s superpower, the United States appears to have never been so isolationist in its foreign policy, or to have faced such a credibility gap.
An intifada of sense
April 09, 2014 12:15 AM
Lebanon has weathered a number of political storms in recent months, and the authorities are busy implementing a solution for unrest in the city of Tripoli and eventually the rest of the country, as well as ensuring that an imminent presidential election takes place smoothly.
Stains on a noble cause
April 08, 2014 12:11 AM
For decades the Palestinians sought to prove to the world, and to their critics, that their struggle was a legitimate one, and that they were not violent terrorists but freedom fighters with a genuine cause.
Putting off problems
April 07, 2014 12:18 AM
Lebanon’s public servants and teachers have returned to the spotlight recently as part of their quest to modify their salary scales.
Palestine’s false friends
April 05, 2014 12:09 AM
As the Middle East peace process again appears in free fall, with another year wasted, it is only right the Palestinians step away from the American “brokers,” and find a new way to statehood.
Short-term fixes
April 04, 2014 12:11 AM
Lebanon’s Cabinet made a number of long-needed appointments to top civil service positions this week, although its primary responsibility is to ensure a more stable security environment and orchestrate smooth presidential and parliamentary elections, both scheduled for this year.
Laws for the people?
April 03, 2014 12:17 AM
While it is partly positive that Parliament is finally getting around to passing legislation that has been on hold for years, it is important that this is not done in a haphazard way or on politicized whims.

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