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بغياب السيّد هاني فحص المثقّف الثاقب البصيرة والحاضن رسالة لبنان الحواريّة والانفتاحيّة والوئاميّة في وجدانه والناطق بها بوضوح وشجاعة وقناعة بلسانه على منابر منتديات الحوار العابر للطوائف يشعر اللبنانيّون الاقحاح أنّهم مُنيوا بخسارة لا تُعوّض. ّفموقعه الفكريّ والمرجعيّ الروحيّ هو قدوة وقطب قيادي يضعه في مصاف النخبة الموثوقة الجاذبة والموجبة للإصغاء. وهج فكر السيّد فحص دائم التوقّد وبثّ شرر الوعي الوطنيّ وأهميّة التنوّع وحريّة الفكر والمعتقد. لا بدّ أن تشعل شرارات نوره أذهان اللبنانيّين وتوقظ في اعماقهم إدراكاً لأهميّة “جبلة” وطنهم فيمحضوه أولويّة الولاء. رغم غيابك الجسدي أيّها السيّد الملهم فإنّ طيفك الوقور سيظلّ يهدينا سواء السبيل. حميد عوّاد

Eye on you - Americans have had enough with totalitarian policies

Apple’s decision to make it impossible for the company to hand over information on users of iPhones or iPads to police is welcome. The company has introduced encryption that allows only users of the devices to gain access to the data in them.

Apple has found a neat way around the dilemma of having to comply with court orders obliging it to deliver such data while simultaneously respecting their clients’ privacy.

Fadel Adib – Tracking grandmother

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Fadel Adib was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, in 1989.
“When I went home to Lebanon and I was talking to my grandmother about it, she was like, ‘So, for example, can I put it over here in my living room, and if I fall in the bedroom or in the bathroom, it’s going to going to detect my fall and send an SMS to one of my children? Please, make this a product and put it here.’”
—Text and image: Technology Review.

Mkalles roundabout is still a roundabout

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The works at Mkalles roundabout were recently concluded and the bridge as well as the tunnel have been open for a while now. However a few crucial points puzzle me:

Obama’s ‘no troops’ vow is unrealistic

There is a proverb that if you sit by the river long enough, you will eventually see the body of your enemy floating by. Similarly, observe Washington long enough, you will see politicians reversing themselves on their most cherished beliefs.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, suggested that the United States might alter its position on the deployment of American troops in the fight against ISIS.

Regional unity threatens Iran’s divisive agenda

Iran was not invited to the international conference held in Paris this week to discuss ISIL. The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared that it had rejected an offer to cooperate, while the Americans said that they too did not want to collaborate with Iran.

Yet in recent weeks American and Iranian officials have met in Iraq to discuss the ISIL danger, with the approval of their governments. American aircraft played a key role in the Iraqi army’s and Shia militias’ recent breakthrough to Amerli. A video from the town showed a celebrating Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, a scene that must have embarrassed the Obama administration.

ISIS and the West

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ISIS is the expression of different social and political phenomena that must be understood separately. One of them is undoubtedly the significant amount of “Western” fighters of which some elements are also at the forefront of their media campaign. By Western I mean people who have lived and were educated in Western countries (mostly Western Europe and the US) either as Muslim minorities or as recent converts (or who knows maybe just random Westerners with searching for a cause).

Lebanese Lawyers index in Lebanon and Abroad

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LawyersLb.com presents for internet surfers profiles of Lebanese lawyers living in Lebanon or of Lebanese origin but practicing law abroad. With this service we offer information on lawyers and so help surfers to find lawyers online. We urge lawyers listed on our site to review their profiles from time to time and keep us informed about their progress in their careers and law practice so that the information remains always updated.

Back to front - How Jabhat al-Nusra might fare in the anti-Islamic State campaign

An interesting subtext of President Barack Obama’s campaign to “ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (ISIS) is what it will mean for the rival Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

While ISIS has alarmed most countries, the Nusra Front has played its cards carefully. It has not imitated the barbaric behavior of its jihadist counterpart; it has focused on Syria, even if it ultimately seeks to create a Muslim caliphate there; and it has maintained collaborative relations with Syrian rebel groups, unlike ISIS, which has sought mainly to overpower them.

Abir Ghattas

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