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1.  L'Orient le Jour - Lebanon | Saturday, November 21, 2015

Global perspectives: Books rather than bombs against terror

The reactions to the terror attacks in Paris and Beirut should not be limited to military measures, the Lebanese daily L'Orient-Le Jour writes: "Fighting the IS is good. Stopping it from growing larger is better. Giving reasons to live to those who let themselves be persuaded that the best thing to do is kill themselves is better still. The combined defence budgets of the top ten world powers amount to more than one trillion dollars per year. That's a 1 followed by twelve zeros. And, as the laureate of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace [Kailash Satyarthi] so fittingly put it, what if we invest part of this budget into parachuting books instead of weapons? Deploy teachers rather than soldiers? What if, instead of creating more orphans, we tried to find families for those who have lost everything? And what if, instead of playing the sorcerer's apprentice and letting the broom do all the cleaning, we finally decide to clean things up ourselves?

2.  L'Orient le Jour - Lebanon | Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Exodus from Europe: Lebanon is a powder keg

Around one third of Lebanon's population is made up of refugees, mainly Palestinians and Syrians. The next wave of immigrants heading for Europe will come from there, the Lebanese daily L'Orient - Le Jour warns: "Allowing the misery to grow and endure for lack of financial resources will only turn these camps into terrorist hotbeds. As integration along European lines has been ruled out, international funding can only serve to improve the refugees' conditions on location. And the Lebanese know better than anyone how long such a situation can last. … Do Lebanon's friends really want to come to its aid? Then it is no longer a simple question of money. They should lend an ear to the warnings recently issued by Johannes Hahn, the Austrian commissioner for European enlargement. For him the next big wave of migrants can only come from Lebanon, a fragile, unstable, indebted country hard hit by unemployment - a dangerous combination."

3.  L'Orient le Jour - Lebanon | Friday, September 11, 2015

Global perspectives: Lebanese covet Syrians' asylum in Europe

The infrastructure in Lebanon has all but collapsed under the weight of the roughly one million Syrian refugees in the country, the Lebanese paper L'Orient Le Jour writes, and observes a growing sense of envy among the Lebanese regarding Syrians who receive asylum in Europe: "Europe is ready to accept hundreds of thousands of migrants who collapse on its borders in search of asylum, caught between the innumerable dangers of the voyage and the wars that are devastating their country. 'Neither burned nor drowned nor lost on the way', goes an Arab saying that lists the worst types of death. The Syrians, to be sure, are the winners of this sad triathlon. Despite its tiny size, Lebanon holds the world record for refugees per capita. Its infrastructure has collapsed. ... Some of us are now starting to envy those wretched souls for whom the outlook is now brightening."

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