The young Lebanese Prime Minister, Sa’ad Hariri, turned 40 last month. Mr. Hariri’s youth has been evident in more than one way and not all of them very flattering. His political inexperience is to be expected since there is nothing
It happened again. The Lebanese commercial banking sector in addition to many in the Cabinet were making the obligatory news media rounds on May 10, 2010 trumpeting the extraordinary increase in capital inflows into Lebanon.
Civil conflicts are not exactly uncommon in this world. There is hardly a nation state that has not had to overcome a major civil conflict as it was becoming established. In a sense, it appears that civil strife is a right of passage of some sort.
Democratic forms of government have essentially evolved, over the millennia, to follow one of two forms. There are the presidential systems similar to that in the US or parliamentarian systems exemplified by the German.
The level of welfare of societies and even individuals should not be measured in purely monetary terms. This is not a proposition to be questioned since there are many other aspects that play a major role in determining the level of welfare.
Whenever the subject of democracy, modernity, equality or liberty come up, which is almost in every conversation, the Lebanese invariably advance the argument that the Lebanese society is the most liberal in the Middle East, and is the most advanced and the most democratic.