Into darkness:Israel weighs the future of the West Bank

The Economist

 Far from being a show of strength, it smacked of desperation. On June 22nd thousands of Palestinians held a protest in Jericho against a possible Israeli annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. They were joined, unusually, by diplomats from across the globe: Britain and Russia, Jordan and Japan. The United Nations envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, made a speech. After months of public warnings and quiet pressure, the world’s collective diplomatic clout perched on plastic chairs beneath the beating summer sun.

Achilles heal: Most investors and some firms are upbeat about the world economy

The Economist

 According to the theory of cognitive dissonance it is stressful to dwell on contradictions. Pity, then, anyone trying to reconcile the miserable mood of many economic forecasters with booming stockmarkets and the increasingly bullish mood in many boardrooms. 

After the Pandemic, a Global Hunger Crisis
Arif Husain
New York Times

 In the last four years, conflicts, climate change and economic instability raised the number of people suffering acute hunger — when the absence of food endangers people’s livelihoods and, in some cases, their lives — from 80 million to 135 million people. The pandemic could drive 130 million more people into that state by December. More than a quarter of a billion people are likely to be acutely hungry in 2020.

Don’t worry about inflation—yet

The Economist

 Never before have central banks created so much money in so little time. In the past three months America’s monetary base has grown by $1.7trn as the Federal Reserve has hoovered up assets using new money. As The Economist went to press, the 

We Are Left to Face Death Alone
Waad al Kateab
New York Times

 When the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria destroyed and took control of my city of Aleppo, its residents, including my family, were forced to flee to the northwestern Idlib province. The 

Mimicking the mullahs: The Houthi model of government

The Economist

 The war in Yemen escalated last month when a missile hit a mosque at a military training camp near Marib, killing over 100 soldiers. The government blamed the Houthi rebels, who control much of the country. Fierce fighting broke out in the days that followed, with the Saudi-led coalition that backs the government striking rebel-held territory from the air. The Houthis, in turn, fired rockets at targets inside Saudi Arabia.

Trump’s Middle East Plan: Starting Point or Dead End?

New York Times

 Of the many proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace rolled out over the decades, circumstances made the one President Trump announced on Tuesday the hardest to take seriously.

Dead on arrival: Donald Trump’s one-sided peace plan

The Economist

 The prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians has grown so dim, it is easy to forget that President Donald Trump’s efforts to end the conflict began with much promise. The dealmaker-in-chief vowed to bring fresh thinking to the decades-old feud. “As with any successful negotiation, both sides will have to make compromises,” he told Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, in 2017. Mr Trump’s meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, a few months later, ended with the Palestinian president gushing: “With you we have hope.”

Unprecedented violence: How the Iranian regime put down economic protests

The Economist

 ALMOST IMMEDIATELY after the government of Iran switched the internet back on, the stories started coming out. Near the city of Mahshahr alone, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps surrounded, shot and killed 40 to 100 protesters in a marsh, witnesses told the New York Times. Altogether, between 180 and 450 people are thought to have been killed by the government during protests over 

System failure: Time for Iraq and Lebanon to ditch state-sponsored sectarianism

The Economist

 As many arab leaders have fallen in the past year as did during the Arab spring. And still the wave of protests over corruption, unemployment and threadbare public services continues to sweep across the Middle East and north Africa. 

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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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