Monday, April 28, 2014

Blank Ballot, No Quorum Mean No Viable Candidate

Additional Background Reading: Presidential Election: into the fray once more The Daily Star Lebanon

Lower your voices and stop spewing your hate around; the Lebanese presidential elections situation is clear: You have been trained to accept what Syria dictates and whom it imposes unconditionally, and you cannot change now. At the first democratic test, you failed to act like actual elected officials -- probably because you should have expired when your term did but instead you extended your mandate despite your own voters’ protests.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

What We Learned From War

The Lebanese landmark war of fifteen years (1975 - 1990) fed books and articles, inspired slogans and headlines and was the focus of world media. To this day, the Lebanese are recognized the world over primarily for their war, cuisine and successful immigrants. Beirut became a universal synonym for division.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Presidential Elections Between Shameless and Shameful

It’s a presidential race in a country that cannot come together or agree on anything. From the minuscule and mundane to the gigantic touching on national security issues, politicians bicker along party lines, supporters cheer them blindly without questioning or criticizing or holding them accountable. Yet, they demand with the most severe tones full accountability, harshest judgments and absolutely no leniency towards their opponents regardless of whether they were actually guilty or not. Their crime is simply daring to be a foe.

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