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Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
April 23, 2014 12:16 AM
This week, the Israeli Transportation Ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis to travel on buses without Palestinians.Some months ago, the Israeli government started discussing a bill in...
Why the Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
April 19, 2014 12:06 AM
Patient, serious diplomacy appears to be bearing fruit in many places simultaneously this week, except in the Israel-Palestine talks that have gone on for two decades since the 1993 Oslo peace accords. It is worth exploring why this is so.Two agreements announced Thursday comprised an...
Silencing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s hate talk
April 16, 2014 12:09 AM
One of the most fascinating, if problematic, recent incidents relating to the extent of allowable free speech in the United States took place this week when Brandeis University withdrew an invitation to the Somali-Dutch-American anti-Islamic firebrand Ayaan Hirsi Ali to give a speech and receive...
The end of Lebanese exceptionalism
April 12, 2014 12:13 AM
One of the gradual developments that has taken place over the past few years has been the almost total reversal of Lebanon’s place in the geopolitics of the Middle East, which likely portends more years of stress and violence ahead.For most of the recent era of independent Arab states, Lebanon has...
The false promise of Arab regime-led reform
April 09, 2014 12:15 AM
The humiliations and scorn that many Arab leaders heap on their populations seem to have no end. While a few Arab dictators having been toppled or challenged by their disgruntled citizens in the last three years, the remaining ones appear not to have learned any lessons and persist in their cruel...
Daniel Kurtzer offers a valuable plan
April 05, 2014 12:09 AM
Those who have followed the last eight months of American-mediated Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have anticipated the unveiling of the United States’ own “framework” for continued talks to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement.Whether or not this happens, for now the negotiations have hit a...
Israel is facing a backlash in America
April 02, 2014 12:15 AM
Consider two incidents that occurred in the past few days in the United States and you should start to grasp the elements of a slow, subtle but steady and important shift that is taking place in the country.It is happening in that arena where pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian sentiments are being...
Spare us the Gamal Abdel-Nasser imagery
March 29, 2014 12:11 AM
This week’s announcement by retired Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would run for the presidency of Egypt had been fully expected since the massive, sustained cult-like campaign supporting him first materialized last June.This coincided with his use of the armed forces to remove from...
Let us count the ways Arabs are dying
March 22, 2014 12:12 AM
How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways.Being subjected to deliberate siege and starvation must be the worst way to die, and it is happening before our eyes in the Yarmouk region of Damascus that is...
Failing the litmus test of legitimacy
March 19, 2014 12:09 AM
One of the big issues that remain to be resolved across the entire Arab world is how citizens who feel most comfortable participating in public politics through the lens of their Islamic religion can do so with both credibility and safety. For the past 80 years or so, the Muslim Brotherhood in...
A Syrian reflection in many Arab states
March 15, 2014 12:11 AM
Perplexity and despair seem to be the two sentiments that most often define people’s attitudes to the mayhem in Syria.The fighting by an expanding range of Syrians, backed by a regional and global web of supporters, has reached barbaric proportions in some cases, with civilians largely paying the...
In Libya and Yemen, tribes with flags
March 12, 2014 12:07 AM
In Libya and Yemen, two Arab countries that are experiencing complicated, slow-motion transitions to more representative and accountable rule, we can clearly see a structural issue of troubled statehood that may also bedevil other Arab countries. Both countries face a problem of strong regional or...
When corpses rule the Arab world
March 08, 2014 12:12 AM
Is there no limit to the assault on the basic rights and humanity of Arab citizens? The latest insult to common human decency and the struggle of hundreds of millions of Arabs for democratic and accountable governance comes from Algeria, where President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced earlier this...
A play offers a rare chance to forget the killing
March 05, 2014 12:09 AM
Many significant things related to the Middle East and its relations with Western societies happened Monday, some more significant than others.Benjamin Netanyahu squared off with Barack Obama; Egyptian policemen were sentenced to jail for torturing Khalid Saeed to death in 2010; the aging Algerian...
What’s behind the ‘Jewish state’ idea?
March 01, 2014 12:29 AM
In my discussions on Palestinian-Israeli negotiations with various informed audiences around the United States during the past month, the question that comes up most often is about how the Palestinians can, should or will respond to the Israeli government demand that they must recognize Israel as...


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