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  • Nothing left to lose

    Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip has dominated the headlines for much of the month, focusing attention on the appalling conditions in the densely...

  • Russia blind to Gaza

    In recent years, pundits have been fond of talking up Russia’s return to the geopolitical arena, based on its growing political and economic clout.

  • Unbridled ambition

    Michel Aoun’s presidential election campaign continues unabated, while Lebanon’s executive and legislative branches of government continue to pay the price.

  • Arab world ostriches

    The Palestinian issue has long been called the central issue in the Arab world, but the relative lack of popular anger amid the ongoing Israeli onslaught...

  • Eradicating a civilization

    The Iraqi city of Mosul has been emptied of its Christian community in only a matter of days, in one of the most alarming developments in recent memory in...

  • Threshhold for murder

    The Shejaiya massacre in Gaza Sunday coincided with a striking level of popular anger at Israel around the world, as efforts to broker a cease-fire pick up...

  • Murder with impunity

    Israel has been successful at portraying its actions in the Gaza strip as a war against the Hamas movement; the simple fact is that it is a war against...

  • Siege-fire in Gaza

    The diplomatic wrangling over a cease-fire in Gaza looks set to continue, amid a flurry of meetings, telephone contacts and media statements by officials and...

  • Much pomp, no empathy

    Like a modern-day Caesar, Bashar Assad strolled into a huge hall to hear the applause of supporters as he swore himself in for another seven-year term as...

  • Cease-fire is no solution

    News headlines Tuesday were full of three simple words: “Hamas rejects cease-fire.”

  • U.S. policy paralysis

    The attorney general of the U.S. has offered the latest evidence of the dysfunction that guides Washington’s Middle East policy.

  • Sad silence for Gaza

    The Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip has produced a death toll that is approaching 200 people, mainly civilians, a wide swathe of destruction in one...

  • Poisonous pressure

    The firing of rockets from southern Lebanon into Israel Friday should serve as a wake-up call to national leaders, as if they needed one, about the...

  • Bent on aggression

    It has become clear that the Israeli authorities were aware that the three kidnapped teenagers were dead from day one.

  • Detached leaderships

    As Israel was busy firing hundreds of rockets at Gaza Tuesday evening, much of the Arab world was wrapped up in the admittedly enthralling Germany – Brazil...

  • Recurring nightmare

    As Israel appears wont to do every couple of years, it is bombarding the Gaza Strip, sentencing a population already under siege to brutal collective...

  • Maliki exit path to hope

    Despite growing unease over his tenure by allies in the West and the region, including internal partners in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears as...

  • MPs must be candid

    Earlier this year, Lebanon experienced a wave of speculation about how its presidential election would play out.

  • Dereliction of power

    With Electricite du Liban’s announcement Friday that it will only be providing power for 11 hours a day during summer, outside the capital, it is time, once...

  • Give malice no quarter

    The news that an extremist group Thursday issued a wide-ranging threat against Christian places of worship in Lebanon has been met with the right kind of...

  • Assad’s Iraqi mirror

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been adept at following the playbook of Syrian President Bashar Assad when it comes to dealing with popular unrest.

  • Iraq politics, Beirut style

    While many have warned of the “Iraqization” of Lebanon for years, what with the increase in car bombings and suicide vests, Baghdad should now be wary of...

  • Hollow initiative

    Michel Aoun’s “initiative” to end the political impasse in Lebanon, presented Monday, offered the latest example of how distant the country is from a...

  • Time to be accountable

    In most countries, a constitution is a binding document, but in Lebanon it seems almost open to individual interpretation, with various political parties...

  • Show Islam’s true spirit

    As the holy month of Ramadan starts across the Muslim world, it is essential now more than ever to confront the threats against Islam, in particular those...


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