Saturday News and Notes

Syria Could Draw Lebanon Into Larger War
A car bomb that claimed the lives of eight in Beirut, including a high-ranking intelligence officer, has led Prime Minister Najib Mikati to hold an emergency meeting and to offer his resignation. Mikati believes the terrorist attack is related to the ongoing war in Syria. Iran, however, lays blame on Israel for the bombing.

In fact, many in Lebanon are growing concerned about the ramifications the civil war in Syria will have on Lebanon.

The Syrian war already has raised tensions among Sunnis, Shiites, and Christians within the nation’s borders. These same communities were engaged in a complex civil war from 1975 to 1990.

“There will be repercussions; they will be severe; and I’m afraid the Sunni community will not accept this,” Hilal Khashan, professor of political science at the American University of Beirut, tells the Washington Post.

College Education
As public universities and colleges are facing budget cuts and dwindling resources, many of the more elite universities are awash in donations from alumni and some wonder what impact this will have on the education of future generations.

Immigration And The Economy
Will the economy suffer or benefit from an influx in foreign skilled workers? Richard Blackden writes in The Telegraph that both Republicans and Democrats need to find common ground and to allow more foreign workers into the country.

Tensions Between China And Japan
China has announced its plans to hold naval exercises in the East China Sea at a time when tensions with Japan are on the rise.

Biographer Paul Johnson Offers His Five Best Biographies
 Who better to suggest a good biography than someone who has written a handful himself? Paul Johnson lists his top choices from the current crop.

2012 Could Be The Year Of The Presidential Debate
The 2012 election may become best known for being the year that presidential debates actually mattered, says The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan.

 

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