May 29th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

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By Fareed Zakaria

The most serious effects of Hezbollah’s stepped-up intervention in the Syrian war will be felt in Lebanon itself, argues Dexter Filkins in the New Yorker.

“Lebanon – which, like Syria, was created from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in the years after the First World War – had its own civil war, which lasted from 1975 until 1990. Since then, the peace in Lebanon has depended on a delicate balance among the country’s main sects: the Sunnis, Shiites, and Christians. To a great extent, this peace has depended on each group refraining from trying to grab too much power at the expense of the others. Over the past several years, Nasrallah has pushed this arrangement to the limit; Hezbollah is not just a political party but an army that is more powerful than the Lebanese state. Inside Lebanon, it its unassailable. Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria – essentially, a Shiite army crossing the border to kill Sunnis – represents a flagrant violation of Lebanon’s fragile sectarian pact.”

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“The World Economic Forum ranks Japan a dismal 101st in gender equality out 135 countries – behind Azerbaijan, Indonesia and China. Not a single Nikkei 225 company is run by a woman. Female participation in politics is negligible, and the male-female wage gap is double the average in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries,” writes William Pesek on Bloomberg.

“One number explains why Japan must pull women into the job market and help them achieve leadership roles: 15 percent. That’s how much of a boost that gross domestic product would receive if female employment matched men’s (about 80 percent), says Kathy Matsui, the chief Japan equity strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. “

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President Obama could have gone further in talking about the nature of the threat from “radicalized” individuals in his speech Thursday, argues Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post. “What distinguishes their crimes from other senseless acts of violence? Put another way, what would the reaction have been if Adam Lanza, as he murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, had yelled, ‘Allahu akbar’?”

“Was there really any meaningful connection between the bloody Boston rampage and international jihadism? It seems likely that an al-Qaeda Web site taught the Boston bombers how to build their pressure-cooker bombs, but what about the alienation they obviously felt? What about their mental health? Was jihad anything more than a label, an affinity-group logo like the Red Sox insignia on a baseball cap?”


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  1. ANDRE(stupid ni**gger) HIMES

    In a effort to do the bidding of the white feminists as well as those whites in the tea party movement who have a long history of embracing white supremacy, BILL CLINTON (the beast of revelation 13) and his fallen black antebellum and hip hop angels have made a strategic miscalculation ,since ANDRE HIMES ,miraculous survival in the future will be instrumental in leading many to the LORD JESUS CHRIST who has been guarding ANDRE'S , life since the day he was born at SHAW AIR FORCE BASE on april 30 1965 and whose angel have place the seal of the living GOD in his forehead. It was the widespread use of racial profiling in which many Black Americans were arrested and who were martyred within the prison system as well as the rise of the hip hop nation is what has contribute to the black holocaust in which much of the black human population in both America and in Africa were exterminated during the years between 1968-1993.Meanwhile a old demonic Black America has arisen from both the black antebellum and hip hop nation and will continue to take up stereotypical images of low class, poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and have replace the black human population.

    May 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Lebanon's president has urged the Hezbollah to refocus on Israel. Its primary goal of its existence were to target Israel. He warned against escalation of the sectarian violence in the politically torn country, as a result of the spillover effect of the Syrian civl war.

    May 30, 2013 at 10:32 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    Not only female participation in politics and economy in Ja pan is "negligible". Ja panese women don't see to be willing to have big families. Ja pan has one of the lowest birthrates in the OECD-countries.

    May 30, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply

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