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The Problem With Hating Your Rich Neighbor In A Globalized World

Demonizing the rich, a pastime of Colombia's political Left, doesn't help social progress. Yes, the rich must pay a high share of taxes, but capital and opportunity cross borders like never before.

In Bogota, Colombia
In Bogota, Colombia
Mauricio Rubio

-OpEd-

BOGOTA — Colombia's Leftist parties agree on at least one thing: They hate the rich. Capitalists dodge taxes, inherit everything, are insensitive, predatory, rabid reactionaries. They finance paramilitary gangs, buy off journalists, bribe politicians and form cartels. The caricature is crass, except perhaps for the complex matter of taxes, which has yet to be properly debated.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

Supporters of pro-Iranian Hezbollah sit in a street decorated with picture of the party chief Hassan Nasrallah

Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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