Hanna Anbar

  • Tragic moves 

    “I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone else here,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday, throwing his hat...

  • Callous chess game 

    The Arab world seems to have been destined to suffer. Going back over seven decades, since the Nakba in 1948, it seems every evil has befallen countries of...

  • Emboldened serpent 

    With the re-election of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and blanket support from U.S. President Donald Trump, it’s no surprise that the winds of war and...

  • Assaulting paragons 

    There are countless issues that are open to debate in Lebanon, but no one can refute the professionalism of the country’s banking sector or of its security...

  • Avoiding disaster 

    Lebanon is hurtling toward economic disaster, and none will be saved if the country tips over the edge. Yet a lifeline in the form of billions in soft loans...

  • Reward of valor 

    The jubilation and celebrations of the Sudanese people after forcing Omar al-Bashir to quit was short-lived, with the army announcing that the dictator would...

  • Farewell M.E. peace 

    Israelis, who day in day out proclaim that their system of government is the only democracy in the region, have delivered a blow to democracy, justice and...

  • Partners in crime 

    Benjamin Netanyahu has never aspired for peace with the Palestinians, as was made amply clear in an ad preceding the upcoming polls that featured footage of...

  • Gifts to Netanyahu 

    It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that both the U.S. and Russia are united in their quest to see Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Israeli prime...

  • Entrenched despots 

    He could have been best remembered as an internationally respected Algerian foreign minister, or for his role in ending his country’s civil war.Instead the...

  • Refugee safety vital 

    The need for Syrian refugees to return to their country, and to return to safety, is undisputed.Even U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a hearing this...

  • Incendiary policies 

    With every new explosive decision that comes out of the White House these days, the world, including America’s allies, asks itself: Whatever happened to the...

  • Wanted: An honest broker 

    Since 1958, when Lebanon woke up to find that U.S. Marines had been dispatched to the country’s shores, the Lebanese have always been aware of the...

  • Political arson 

    Our late former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri once said, “No one is bigger than their country.” It’s too bad our foreign minister doesn’t care to heed those...

  • A festering contagion 

    Friday was indeed one of New Zealand’s “darkest days,” as the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said gravely.Yet the shocking massacre, which has killed...

  • Disturbing priorities 

    Things in Lebanon never proceed in a manner that prioritizes national interests, or even one that follows a logical sequence. Ever since the massive pledges...

  • Ravaged landscape 

    Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati affirmed Sunday that he would protect all 15 of Lebanon’s nature reserves.We’re not impressed. After all, as environment...

  • Enough talk time to drill 

    Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, has issued the latest warning against encroaching on Lebanon’s potential maritime resources, as preparations begin for a gas...

  • A tale of two despots 

    It was 1974, and Abdelaziz Bouteflika was foreign minister of Algeria. Representing the country as head of the United Nations General Assembly session that...

  • Missing the point 

    U.S. envoys charged with finding a solution to the Israel-Palestine problem have come and gone, yet one thing has remained the same: Their outlook has always...

  • Corruption must end 

    It seems that no matter how things develop in Lebanon, the scent of corruption has been a tenaciously constant theme that consistently plagues the...

  • Stick to the script 

    A night at the theater can be a pleasant affair. Everybody likes a good performance, with entertainers, scenery changes and maybe a few musical numbers. But...

  • Love will prevail 

    At long last, the idea of giving Lebanese couples the option of civil marriage - a move we fully and wholeheartedly support - is being discussed. For decades,...

  • Focus on reforms 

    For months politicians have complained about the absence of a platform to air their views and grievances. Until now, such talk may have been justified but...

  • A promise of peace 

    The fact that Pope Francis chose this moment in history to embark on the first-ever visit by any pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula is weighty, especially as in...

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