من هذا المقال: “…، عدد السكان في “السعودية” يبلغ 30 مليون، 70% منهم دون ال 30 عاماً…”… أتخيّل الوضع للسنوات العشر القادمة… .

Source: Is the New Saudi Heir the Right Man for the Job? – Bloomberg

On se dit qu’ a vingt ans on est le roi du monde,
Et qu’ йternellement il y aura dans nos yeux
Tout le ciel bleu
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بين ال 21 و 51 في 30 سنة، انتخبت فيهم مرتين بس. اول مرة كانت بأول انتخابات بعد وقف الأعمال العسكرية الأهلية في #لبنان، ووقتها انتخبت اسمين فقط عن الجنوب. المرة الثانية التي تلتها وضعت ورقة بيضاء،  ومن وقتها لم أعد لتلك الممارسة.  أنا لا أحترم أي منكم. من دون تمييز.  #كلن 

From: “Democracy for Realists: why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government”, by Christopher H. ACHEN and Larry M. BARTELS. Princeton University Press, 2016, 390pp.
Suzanne Mettler in Foreign Affairs, May/June 2017. Volume 96, No. 3.
“…, Achen and Bartels argue that, in fact, most people are uninterested in politics and poorly informed about issue. So they act not primarily on the basis of individual preferences or rational choices but rather on the basis of “emotional attachments that transcend thinking.”

Achen and Bartels argue that people’s group affiliations tend to precede their values. They note that “partisanship, like religious identifications tends to be inherited, durable, and not about ideology and theology.” Political affiliations typically form in childhood, endure even when people’s circumstances change, and can be transmitted across generations. “most people make their party choices based on who they are, not what they think,” Achen and Bartels conclude.
This theory helps illuminate historical and contemporary Lebanon politics. We witnessed, still, high polarization based on non-rational choices and emotional attachments to religion and or socio-religious groups.
According to this theory, it is understood why Lebanese Activists efforts failed in mobilizing large parts of the population. Rational thinking will not do it.

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…، عن لسان الوزير بوصعب : «في العام 2014، اشترطت الحكومة البريطانية وضع اسم «إسرائيل» (لا فلسطين المحتلة) على الخريطة الواردة في كتاب الجغرافيا، وإلا فلن تصرف هبة مخصصة لدعم شراء كتاب الجغرافيا في المدارس الرسمية، و…”

Source: بوصعب ينفي مسؤوليته: الحكومة لم تقرّ كتاب التاريخ الموحد | الأخبار

“>>>, He is a man free of morals. As has been demonstrated hundreds of times, he is a liar, a racist and a cheat. I feel ashamed to use these words, as sharp and loud as they are. But if they apply to anyone, they apply to Trump. >>”

Source: Donald Trump Is a Menace to the World: Opinion – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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