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Forecast for Lebanon: Cloudy Days Ahead

beirutsummitjuly2010The Arab world was abuzz with the news about the “historic” summit that took place in Lebanon, last week, featuring King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, President Assad of Syria and President Suleiman of Lebanon. 
 

A New Kataeb

kataeb-flagThe Kataeb Party has been described as a “builder, surrogate and defender of the [Lebanese] state”.[1] By detractors it was a “fascist” group whose ideology was merely, “cover to maintain the social, political and economic privileges the Maronite Christian minority g…
   

Moqtada Sadr in Damascus

sadrandallawiMoqtada Sadr arrived in Damascus this week taking time off from his clerical studies in the Iranian holy city of Qom in an effort to kick start a stalled political process in Baghdad.  
 

From Black Gold to Blue Gold – The increasing importance...

rainbowpollutionOil and energy concerns have featured prominently in security discussions in the Arab world, visibly floating on the surface of the region’s political agenda.
   

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood gears towards elections

egypt1There are 22 players certain agreed upon rules and a referee. Players can play all they want but they cannot score goals. If someone does score a goal, he will be shown a red card, immediately, and sent off the pitch.    
 

Sadrists: Unstable opportunists or pragmatic power brokers?

iraq1mapIraq is still without a government more than three months after Iraqi voters gave the secular Iraqiya slate of Iyad Allawi a narrow victory over the State of Law coalition of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  
   

Don’t Rule Out the Activists!

empower_lthumbDespite growing repression, democracy activists in the Middle East continue to push for change.
 

Sadr's political role in Iraq

Moqtada_Sadr  Shiite frustration with U.S. support in Iraq grew out of a failed uprising in the south following the first Gulf War.
   

'We want to reform the system, not become the nineteenth...

laique_lebanesepride_lthumb_thumbOn Sunday April 25th, some 3,000 to 4,000 people showed up in downtown Beirut for a march demanding an end to sectarianism in Lebanon, carrying banners saying "Civil marriage, not civil war", and shouting slogans such as "Shu tayftak? Ma khassak!" ("What’s your sect? None of your business!")
 

Political Shi'ism: from engaging the state to replacing it

rsz_dsc00291“The essence behind the survival of nations is [social] justice and [citizen’s] dignity [...] we will start a new chapter in Lebanese history by pursuing the rights of those who are suffering dispossession1.”
   

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