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Lebanese experts capable of leading nation’s reforms

  • For Lebanon — a country facing a perfect storm of hyperinflation, food shortages and an acute political crisis — the notion that circumstances could worsen seemed impossible to countenance. However, the Aug. 4 explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut port proved that things could i...
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Libyan crisis is an opportunity to stir the Arab Maghreb Union from its slumber

  • A soldier loyal to the GNA after taking control of Al-Watiya Air Base, southwest of Tripoli, Libya, on 18 May, 2020. (Reuters) On a crisp February evening in Marrakech in 1989, the impossible seemed to happen. Amid wrangling and rivalries, the leaders of five countries in northwe...
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Lebanon’s leaders are to blame for the worsening crisis

  • University students light a flare and wave Lebanese flags during anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon, November 6, 2019. (Reuters) There was a time when Lebanon’s “Zuama,” or confessional-come-political leaders, held sway in their respective communities. Their role in pro...
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Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ spending spree is inadequate

  • Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, Britain, June 30, 2020. (Reuters) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced £5 billion ($6.2 billion) in pledges for infrastructure building. His much-hy...
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As world erupts about equality, silence surrounds modern-day slavery

  • An Afghan girl works at a brick-making factory in Nangarhar province, January 6, 2015. (Reuters) The last fortnight has seen some of the most drastic action taken in regard to the lingering injustices and inequalities surrounding black people. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movemen...
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British Parliament’s return sends important message

  • Social distancing rules associated with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have had the unexpected effect of hampering parliamentary process in the UK. Both the lower and the upper houses have found their almost-sacred democratic process significantly limited by measures to stop...
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Tory party becoming a breeding ground for Islamophobia

  • UK Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson. (Reuters) Preoccupied with the current pandemic, policymakers and the media alike took little notice of this month’s decision by the Equality and Human Rights Commission not to conduct an inquiry into a...
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Why cohesive states will fare better

  • Two months ago, Alexander Lukashenko, the dean of the post-Soviet dictators, stood in a peaked cap of cartoon proportions and told the Belarussian people that vodka and trips to the sauna would see them through the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. This attitude has been aped by other auth...
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The handshake may become a victim of coronavirus

  • Modern handshake etiquette developed during the 19th century and, by 1900, it was the most common method used to greet others. (Reuters) A good, firm handshake is a universal sign of strength and assuredness; an act of mutual respect between two people that is central to the soci...
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Global coronavirus challenges reminiscent of past plagues

  • Quarantine is a word that has dominated news stories over the last fortnight. As the world struggles to cope while caught in the grip of a new virus, few have drawn historical parallels with the Black Death bubonic plague of the 14th century. Much like the current coronavirus and avian flu, thi...
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