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THURSDAY, 24 APR 2014
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For Christians, blessed are the dividers
By Michael Young | April 24, 2014 12:23 AM
Why is it that many people misjudged the Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea’s presidential bid by whether he became president?
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
By David Ignatius | April 24, 2014 12:23 AM
As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing gaps – but no deal yet.
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
By Rami G. Khouri | April 23, 2014 12:16 AM
This week, the Israeli Transportation Ministry announced that it would establish designated bus routes for Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, allowing Jewish Israelis to travel on buses without Palestinians.
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
By Rami G. Khouri | April 19, 2014 12:06 AM
Patient, serious diplomacy appears to be bearing fruit in many places simultaneously this week, except in the Israel-Palestine talks that have gone on for two decades since the 1993 Oslo peace accords.
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
By David Ignatius | April 19, 2014 12:06 AM
Has the Obama administration really found the famous “exit ramp” in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis?
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Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
By Michael Young | April 17, 2014 12:11 AM
Now and then something drops into your in-box that makes you wonder. In my case, the email in question was a press release for a new book titled “Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance.”
Putin will keep rolling, until Obama says no
By David Ignatius | April 17, 2014 12:10 AM
As President Barack Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the United States or Europe.
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 12:15 AM (Last Updated: 10/04/2014 06:02 PM)
Samir Geagea has declared his candidacy for the Lebanese presidential election, launching a thousand speculations.
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.


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