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    USA Violence and Civil Unrest in America [Daily protests ongoing against Racism and Police Brutality]

    From what I understand the protests/riots are about perceived institutionalised racism within the US legal system, particularly the police forces, which allegedly is the reason for the disproportionate number of deaths in custody of African Americans. From the statistics I've seen online, and...
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    Does the FPM as a Party Want Peace with Israehell

    I sometimes wonder what the economic benefits for Lebanon are if we had a peace treaty and largely normal relations. I speculate there would be significantly more tourists, potential for new trade opportunities, more foreign investment due to peace and maybe education opportunities. However I'm...
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    Final Blow to Christians in Lebanon?

    Some in the Western media are claiming this recent economic crises in Lebanon could be the final blow to one of the last significant Christian communities in the Middle East. What are the thoughts from you who are on the ground in Lebanon? Is the economic meltdown affecting Lebanon's communities...
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    Mother Teresa was a Fraud

    What a joke is this character assassination by Vice because of her views on abortion and divorce! So unless you subscribe to the lefty post-modern western liberal view of humanity, you are a bad person... Gotcha
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    October 17 Revolution

    I'm happy with federalism. But initially it may need to be sold as "decentralization" to get more people on board who for some reason don't like the word "federalism". Once we have decentralization I think it will naturally evolve into de facto federalism for all practical purposes.
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    October 17 Revolution

    What should now be very clear to all Lebanese is the country is ungovernable under the current system of government. This has been the consistent pattern since 2005. We need a new constitution and a stable new form of government, whilst at the same time with firm protections that guarantee the...
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    Hariri's advisor admits having previewed the recent eruption with 2 camps, and having advocated the LAF to plan for a violent conflict against HA

    At least we agree Lebanon and the region is not normal. I hope you also agree for a future normal Lebanon that would mean a disarmed HA. But truth is HA will always consider it's arms a red line regardless of any potential/hypothetical changes in the region and within Lebanon for the better. I...
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    Hariri's advisor admits having previewed the recent eruption with 2 camps, and having advocated the LAF to plan for a violent conflict against HA

    What's treasonous is a foreign backed sectarian militia that's increasingly used to service the regional geopolitical interests of it's sponsor. In any normal country such entity would never be allowed to exist.
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    October 17 Revolution

    Is it too late to ask France to have its mandate back? And who's dumb idea was for Lebanon to become independent? If we stayed with France we could have turned out like New Caledonia today, one of the few decent Islands in the Pacific.
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    October 17 Revolution

    I don't know if anyone else has noticed this pattern, but since independence Lebanon has almost perfectly moved in 15 year phases: 1945 - 1960: Post independence era 1960 - 1975: Lebanon's golden age 1975 - 1990: Civil war era 1990 - 2005: Syrian occupation period 2005 - 2020: Post-Syrian...
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    October 17 Revolution

    Ok I have a crazy idea that might get Lebanon out of this economic mess... Make peace with Israel and have full economic relations... Just think about it: - We could have joint tourism campaigns - Western tourists will flock back - We'd reopen for Western and Arab investment - New trade...
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    Is a non-sectarian system truly the way to Lebanon's salvation?

    Though the confessional system certainly does contribute to sectarianism, it is not the source of sectarianism. The people are sectarian by nature, not just in Lebanon, but the whole region. The only difference a system of government will do, whether it be confessionalism, secular democracy...
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    October 17 Revolution

    Couple of photos from Iran's revolution...
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    October 17 Revolution

    Though I support their motivations, I can't help but make some comparison with the Iranian revolution... Young, hip and university educated, but naive in believing the rest of the country is like them... In Lebanon doesn't matter what system of democracy we have, the majority of the people will...
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    October 17 Revolution

    Even in Western countries the authorities don't tolerate the closure of roads by protesters. We recently had "Extinction Rebellion" protesters who blocked roads in Australia, they were swiftly removed with force by the police...
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    October 17 Revolution

    Here are my thoughts on the situation as a politically independent observer: 1) The protesters have very legitimate grievances that need to be addressed immediately and convincingly. 2) After 8 days of mass protest by Lebanese of diverse backgrounds, the government has lost legitimacy and the...
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    After Syria, is Lebanon next?

    It would be foolish for Hizbollah to trigger another major war with Israel. Beside the major destruction and death it will cause mostly in it's regions, I believe it would also trigger a mass exodus of Shia out of Lebanon changing the demographic balance. There is only so much a people can take...
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    Virginia infanticide affair and sexual misconducts scandals hit the democratic party

    Well said. People often fail to realise not everyone in all places and times interprets the world through the same lense. Most people in the West now observe the world through secular liberal postmodern coloured glasses, usually without knowing it. The West has not always viewed the world...
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    Virginia infanticide affair and sexual misconducts scandals hit the democratic party

    Maybe it is, not sure about the exact law in Lebanon, but "abortion on demand" is certainly not allowed. Even most pro-life people, me included, are not against abortion if there is a genuine and serious risk to the physical health/life of the mother and abortion is the only option.
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    Virginia infanticide affair and sexual misconducts scandals hit the democratic party

    Just curious what are the views on abortion by Lebanese women living in Lebanon? Is it even a topic of discussion? Do Lebanese women feel oppressed because they are not allowed to abort their babies? How many Lebanese women die per year or severely harmed due to being denied abortion? I...
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