There is no denying, Donald Trump is a very strong Candidate to become the next U.S. President.
Trump has placed Walid Phares, a long time guest on Lebanese political shows, as his consultant on Foreign Policy.
Republican U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district, Darrell Issa, has also endorsed Donald Trump.
Recently, at the Republican National Convention, Thomas Barrack, spoke about his long time friend Donald J. Trump. You can watch his talk below.
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Freakonomics recently has a discussion with Stephen Dubner had on an airplane. He was on his way to South Africa when fellow passenger Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile, told him something remarkable: “If you look at ten or twenty or thirty of the richest countries around the world, among the richest people in those countries is someone from Lebanon.” Of course Taleb would say this, Dubner thought. He is Lebanese. But the idea stuck. And that’s what this week’s episode is about.
Listen in to the podcast below:
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Part 1: The Company
Part 2: The Deep State
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The Economist summarizes that “business people from Lebanon fare better abroad than at home.”
Link to the full article.
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Guest post –
Consensus decision-making is a group decision making process that seeks the consent, not necessarily agreement about the “favorite” choice of all participants. Consensus may be defined professionally as an acceptable resolution, one that can be supported, even if not the “favorite” of each individual.
The early Islamic philosopher, Al-Farabi (c. 872-950), in one of his most notable works Al-Madina al-Fadila, theorized an ideal Islamic state which he compared to Plato’s The Republic. Al-Farabi departed from the Platonic view in that he regarded the ideal state to be ruled by the prophet-imam, instead of the philosopher king envisaged by Plato. Al-Farabi argued that the ideal state was the city-stateof Medina when it was governed by Muhammad as its head of state, as he was in direct communion with God whose law was revealed to him. “In the absence of the prophet-imam”, Al-Farabi considered democracy as the closest to the ideal state, regarding the republican order of the Rashidun Caliphate as an example within early Muslim history.
The will of humanity’s great spirit can must rise for the call of education, decency and tolerances.
–Joseph J. A. / NYC, NY
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Civil society, Students & Casual By-Passers finally take to the streets of Beyrouth, calling for peace
Civil society activists, students and Lebanese youths staged a “white march” taking to the streets of Beyrouth, starting from Places des Martyrs and reaching Achrafieh’s Sassine Square. The movement “denounced all violence in the country and honors all those who were killed and wounded due to
futile political bickering in the country over a span of 30 years” according to activists.
Protesters wore white shirts, and hoisted placards against the current political status quo.
“We are wearing white to mourn all the deaths who have gone in vain due to futile violence whether in Achrafieh, Tripoli or elsewhere,” one of the protesters said.
The White March says no to both March 8 and 14 blocs, and stresses that political malfunction is the root cause of all the problems mounting in the country all the while calling for an alternative.
Although shy numbers showed at first, the movement drew larger crowds the closer it got to Achrafieh. Demonstrators in white lit candles, praying for the souls lost and for a better future
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