Hanna Anbar

  • 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...

  • Unwavering resolve 

    The U.S. announced Friday that USAID assistance to the occupied West Bank and Gaza had ceased, after a change in U.S. legislation that the Palestinian...

  • Time to get moving 

    At long last we have a new Cabinet and a promise of good tidings. Naturally the feat sparked instant relief among the Lebanese and granted Beirut residents an...

  • The options are clear 

    We can take some solace in the fact that all parties across the political spectrum are in agreement that a government must be formed promptly in order to lift...

  • Point of no return 

    Lebanon is literally at the end of its rope. We have been without a government for eight months now, with politicians introducing one absurd demand after...

  • Summit sense 

    International meetings such as the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit are the pinnacle of public relations events. For countries that have the honor...

  • Take the civil route 

    Musa Sadr is a national icon revered by Muslims, Christians and peace-loving Lebanese of all sects. His rejection of violence is legendary and on the record....

  • Chance of a lifetime 

    Since the advent of the 1975-90 Civil War, Lebanon has had a reputation as a cauldron of conflict for much of the world that doesn’t truly know the...

  • The clock is ticking 

    The Lebanese have always prided themselves on being the only democracy in a jungle of dictatorships. Yet for many Lebanese politicians, democracy actually...