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Silencing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s hate talk
By Rami G. Khouri | April 16, 2014 12:09 AM
One of the most fascinating, if problematic, recent incidents relating to the extent of allowable free speech in the United States took place this week when Brandeis University withdrew an invitation to the Somali-Dutch-American anti-Islamic firebrand Ayaan Hirsi Ali to give a speech and receive an honorary degree.
China moves to the scary side of its boom
By David Ignatius | April 14, 2014 12:20 AM
China’s financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety.
The end of Lebanese exceptionalism
By Rami G. Khouri | April 12, 2014 12:13 AM
One of the gradual developments that has taken place over the past few years has been the almost total reversal of Lebanon’s place in the geopolitics of the Middle East, which likely portends more years of stress and violence ahead.
Putin takes a page out of the American playbook
By David Ignatius | April 10, 2014 12:15 AM
The West has made NATO’s military alliance the heart of its response to Russia’s power grab in Ukraine.
The presidential chess game has begun
By Michael Young | April 10, 2014 06:02 PM
Samir Geagea has declared his candidacy for the Lebanese presidential election, launching a thousand speculations.
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The false promise of Arab regime-led reform
By Rami G. Khouri | April 09, 2014 12:15 AM
The humiliations and scorn that many Arab leaders heap on their populations seem to have no end.
The U.S. is sole superpower in global trade
By David Ignatius | April 07, 2014 12:18 AM
Name a foreign-policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world’s nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed “free trade,” you’re correct.
Daniel Kurtzer offers a valuable plan
By Rami G. Khouri | April 05, 2014 12:09 AM
Those who have followed the last eight months of American-mediated Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have anticipated the unveiling of the United States’ own “framework” for continued talks to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement.
Patrick Seale: an appreciation
By Michael Young | April 03, 2014 12:17 AM
The word from London is that the British journalist Patrick Seale is gravely ill.
A Washington feud highlights CIA interrogations
By David Ignatius | April 03, 2014 12:17 AM
It has been an unlikely Washington feud, pitting a determined Senator Dianne Feinstein, the implacable chairman of the Senate intelligence committee and long regarded as a supporter of the Central Intelligence Agency, against the agency’s equally stubborn director, John Brennan.
Israel facing a backlash in America
By Rami G. Khouri | April 02, 2014 12:15 AM
Consider two incidents that occurred in the past few days in the United States and you should start to grasp the elements of a slow, subtle but steady and important shift that is taking place in the country.
Medicine is achieving astonishing breakthroughs
By David Ignatius | April 01, 2014 12:23 AM
Money may be the root of all evil, as the saying goes, but I was reminded last week of the overwhelming good it can do when put to work at a place like the Children’s National Health System in Washington.
Obama may expand covert aid to Syria’s rebels
By David Ignatius | March 31, 2014 12:16 AM
The Obama administration, stung by reversals in Ukraine and Syria, appears to have decided to expand its covert program of training and assistance for the Syrian opposition, deepening U.S. involvement in Syria’s brutal and stalemated civil war.
Spare us the Gamal Abdel-Nasser imagery
By Rami G. Khouri | March 29, 2014 12:11 AM
This week’s announcement by retired Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would run for the presidency of Egypt had been fully expected since the massive, sustained cult-like campaign supporting him first materialized last June.
Kindly allow us to watch while you die
By Michael Young | March 27, 2014 12:16 AM
Three years into Syria’s conflict, one still wonders why the monumental magnitude of the suffering there continues to provoke so little outrage in the West.
U.S.-German unity will draw Putin’s attention
By David Ignatius | March 27, 2014 12:16 AM
President Barack Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right “side of history.”
Putin seeks to restore Russia as a leading nation
By David Ignatius | March 24, 2014 12:13 AM
Vladimir Putin baptized his conquest of Crimea with a powerful, unsettling speech that should be a warning that an embattled Russia is fighting for what it sees as its national dignity – in ways that require a firm and patient U.S. response.
Let us count the ways Arabs are dying
By Rami G. Khouri | March 22, 2014 12:12 AM
How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways.
Is an Aoun presidency more realistic?
By Michael Young | March 20, 2014 12:18 AM
Some circles in March 14 are openly talking about the possibility that Michel Aoun, all 80 years of him, may be the next president of Lebanon after Michel Sleiman’s term ends in May.
Crimea revealed an improved Russian military
By David Ignatius | March 20, 2014 12:18 AM
From the photographs we’ve seen of the Russian special operations, or “Spetsnaz,” troops that intervened in Crimea, several things are obvious: They’re secretive, moving without insignia and often covering their faces; they’re disciplined and they’re decisive.


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