August 31, 2010

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Lebanese Diaspora and the Hezbollahisation of Lebanon
Elias Bejjani - 8/31/2010
Every time two Lebanese meet in any of the Diaspora countries, one of them usually starts the conversation with the same nostalgic questions. How is the situation back home in Lebanon? Are there any positive changes there or any progress to build on? Are there any hopes for a better future or are things still chronically chaotic, unstable and bizarre?

The Truth About Occupation and Settlements
Ted Belman - 8/31/2010
The pro-Palestinian propaganda machine has succeeded in stigmatizing the Israeli occupation and the settlements. Time and again we hear about the “brutal occupation” and the “illegal settlements”. We rarely hear the truth in opposition to these lies.

America the Vulnerable
Amil Imani - 8/31/2010
America is a nation and an ideal, birthed by a group of visionaries that gave it the Constitution to nurture it and protect it. What makes America, America the Beautiful, more than just a blessed land is our legacy, the Constitution. Sadly, the Constitution also makes for America the Vulnerable by enshrining freedom that enables the malevolent to subvert and destroy America from within. You, the voter, are the guardian of the Constitution. Your vote determines the health and survival of America.

Maoists in Nepal about to Bury their Infant Live
Prakash Bom - 8/31/2010
Recall the Maoist insurgency that lasted a decade. The arm struggle popularly known to Maoists "People´s War" meant to eradicate feudal establishment, the monarchy to establish "People´s Republic of Nepal." But it thrived with a "Comprehensive Peace Accord 2006", which gave the nation the interim constitution to commission the "Constituent Assembly elections" for drafting a new constitution of Nepal.

Does Either Party Deserve to Win in November?
Prof. Peter Morici - 8/31/2010
Americans may be dissatisfied with the economy but don’t look for Republicans to sweep control of the House and Senate. Voters have good reason to be disenamored with both parties. Democrats have pushed through President Obama’s agenda. More than $800 billion in stimulus spending, health care reform and new financial regulations, yet the economy remains sluggish and Treasury Secretary Geithner tells us unemployment will linger near 10 percent for many months.

Competing World Views Tear A Peace Process to Pieces
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/31/2010
The U.S. announcement inviting Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) for direct talks shows quite clearly, though unintentionally, why the talks will fail.

Czech List: Sometimes Even A Conference Can Teach Vivid Political Realities
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/31/2010
I'm not a big fan of conferences. There's nothing more repetitive than sitting in a panel where the presentations have interesting titles but are otherwise disappointing. Or listening to a speaker who may be very good but says absolutely nothing you don't know already.

The Moderate Muslim Litmus Tests
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/31/2010
In the controversy over the "Ground Zero" mosque in New York and other issues, Muslims are often asked if they condemn terrorism, Iran, or Hamas and other revolutionary Islamist groups, along with other questions. The idea is to determine whether they are moderates or radicals. Each of these questions also has an unnoticed "internal Muslim" aspect as well that makes them all the more important.

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