A fond farewell:Tunisians say goodbye to President Beji Caid Essebsi

The Economist

 There are rarely heartfelt funerals for Arab presidents. Those who pass away while in office are laid to rest in stage-managed events, more spectacle than remembrance. Others live long enough to fall out of power, and out of favour with their successors. Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s sole democratic leader, ousted by the current president, was unceremoniously dumped into a grave in the early morning after his sudden death in June.

An exodus in reverse: Young Palestinians are leaving Gaza in droves

The Economist

 Yarub ikhdeh and his friends had been waiting half their lives to get on a bus. The six young men had never left Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2007. They grew up in a territory where half the population is jobless and at least 70% rely on aid to survive. “We’re all recent graduates in business and it,” says Mr Ikhdeh. “And we’re all unemployed.”

Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields
Michelle Goldberg
New York Times

 Sebastian Gorka, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group historically aligned with Nazism, to one of Trump’s inaugural balls. Gorka was reportedly a member of the group, whose founder, the Hungarian autocrat Miklos Horthy, once said, “For all my life, I have been an anti-Semite.”

Tankers away: Oil shortages in Syria are starting to hurt

The Economist

 There was little grace to the Grace 1’s journey, a 12,000-mile (19,000km) slog around the Cape of Good Hope that came to an inelegant end off the coast of Gibraltar. In the early hours of July 4th British marines roped down from 

Playing with fire: Backed into a corner, Iran is lashing out

The Economist

 Editor’s note (0900 June 21st 2019): After The Economist went to press, President Donald Trump said Iran had made a “big mistake” in shooting down an American drone. He was reported to have approved military strikes on 

The height of flattery: Trump Heights, Binyamin Netanyahu’s tribute to America’s president

The Economist

 If the past is any guide, there is nothing Donald Trump likes more than seeing his name in big gold letters on a real-estate project. Predictably, then, America’s president was pleased when Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, unveiled the gilded sign for Trump Heights (pictured) on June 16th. The supposedly new town 

Sovereign wealth, sovereign whims

The Economist

 Adecade ago, few people in Silicon Valley had heard of Uber or the Public Investment Fund (pif). The former had not provided its first ride. The latter, a Saudi sovereign-wealth fund, was a small entity with investments in local industry. But when the ride-sharing firm went public in May the pif was among its five largest shareholders. It had bought a 5% stake in 2016 when Uber was valued at $49 per share. It started trading at $42. On paper, Saudi Arabia took a $200m loss.

ممارسات وتدخلات و«لعنة لا بد منها»
غسان شربل
جريدة الشرق الاوسط

 كان أحمد الجلبي سياسياً بارعاً انقسمت الآراء حول مسيرته الشائكة. لكنه كان شجاعاً لا يتردد في تسمية الأشياء بأسمائها. ثم إنه لم يكن صديق الأميركيين وحدهم في تلك الأيام. حين باشر الجيش الأميركي اقتلاع نظام صدام حسين، دخل الجلبي الأراضي العراقية سيراً على الأقدام آتياً من إيران بعد وداعٍ رسمي هناك تخلله لقاء مع وزير الخارجية يومها كمال خرازي وقائد «فيلق القدس» الجنرال قاسم سليماني.

«الهلال» على صفيح ساخن
غسان شربل
جريدة الشرق الاوسط

 كان المشهد غريباً في بغداد في بداية مارس (آذار) 2007. هبطت طائرة الرئيس الوافد من عباءة المرشد في مطار البلاد المقيمة في قبضة «الشيطان الأكبر». رأى محمود أحمدي نجاد حشداً من المدرعات الأميركية. سأل رئيس بعثة الشرف المرافقة وزير الخارجية 

A long way from home: As Turkey’s economy slows, attitudes toward Syrian refugees harden

The Economist

 Earlier this year, shortly after he launched his campaign for mayor in Mersin, a port city on the Mediterranean, Vahap Secer asked his constituents to identify their most pressing concerns in an online poll. About a tenth chose congestion and public transport. About a fifth mentioned unemployment. A whopping 66% answered: “Syrians”.

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لا يقوم العدل الا بتأمين العدالة وتوفير الاجهزة التي تقوم بتحقيق هذه العدالة      التعصب هو مصيبة الدنيا وآفة الدين ومهلكة الانسان      نحلم بسياسيين ورجال دولة همّهم الوحيد تنظيم هذه الدولة لا تفكيك عرى انتظامها وتطبيق مبادئ العدالة الاجتماعية      نحلم بالمسؤول الذي يتجرأ على توقيف كل لبناني يقوم بتحريض طائفي      رجل الدولة الحقيقي يجب ان تكون له دائماً عين على المبادئ يستلهم منها مواقفه وتصرفاته وعين اخرى على الواقع المحيط بتطبيقها      المطلوب ان تتحول المؤسسات الاقتصادية الى مؤسسات انسانية لأن "الاقتصاد" في النهاية ليس غاية بل وسيلة لتحقيق الانسان      لا حرية لمواطن فيما ينتقص من حرية الاخرين المشروعة      لا يهمني ان يقول الناس انهم تركوا كمال جنبلاط وحده، اعتزازي هو انني كنت ولا أزال دائماً وحدي، ولم ادخل يوماً في سياق آكلي الجبنة السياسية
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