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  • Support for a vital force

    Logistical and financial support to the Army is obviously vital right now, as it battles militants on the border with Syria, but it also crucial that it...

  • Hate is hate, not politics

    An arson attack on a Christian seminary in Jerusalem Thursday, and a similar attack on a mosque the day before are hate crimes, committed by extremist...

  • Two dozen presidents

    The Cabinet is the only one of Lebanon’s top political institutions – the others being the presidency and Parliament – that has been able to function in...

  • A state in distress

    It’s relatively easy to highlight the appalling situation in Syria, where violence, displacement, fragmentation and corruption prevail.

  • Heads in the sand

    The presidential vacuum is having dangerous knock-on effects in other areas of government, and until the Christian leaders stop their procrastinating and...

  • Detached from reality

    The BRICS states – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – have in recent years put themselves forward as a counterweight to the political and...

  • Thrown to the dogs

    Keen to show off their new North African franchise, ISIS in Libya has been parading war booty in the week since beheading 21 Egyptian migrant workers.

  • Prepare for the worst

    Speaking earlier this week, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned of a renewed period of violence in Lebanon after the winter recedes.

  • Musketeers of empty talk

    The latest episode in the long-running U.N.-produced soap opera “peacemaking in Syria” emerged this week when envoy Staffan de Mistura informed the Security...

  • Russia the warlord

    After repeatedly supporting Lebanon’s neutrality in the Syrian conflict raging next door, Russia Wednesday said Hezbollah’s involvement in the civil war was...

  • Stand against the devil

    The horrific mass murder of Egyptian Copts Sunday by ISIS in Libya and the weekend attacks in Denmark – presumably inspired by a similar mentality – show us...

  • Lebanon comes first

    In marking the passing of a decade since the assassination of his father, Saad Hariri laid down an important set of messages in Beirut Saturday.

  • A Cabinet of greed

    An article in the Constitution – clearly designed with the idea that a presidential vacuum might last days, rather than months – is being abused by the...

  • Rafik Hariri, an enduring example

    The legacy of the late Rafik Hariri is naturally in the national spotlight one decade after his untimely death.

  • Delayed plans lose their bite

    The Lebanese authorities are fond of talking up their “security plan” and their plans to implement security plans, but a lot less talk and a lot more action...

  • Dragged into conflict

    As fierce clashes take place in southern Syria, some media outlets are highlighting the possible gains for the Syrian army against rebels.

  • Tip of the iceberg

    Over the last few months, there have been myriad corruption exposés in Lebanon, in a variety of sectors and industries, from medicine and food to customs...

  • Iran’s tiny concessions

    In offering his latest comments about the ongoing nuclear program negotiations with Western countries, Iran’s supreme leader appears to offer a positive spin...

  • Beirut-style diplomacy

    Lebanon has always had a soft spot for foreign ambassadors, and perhaps the feeling is mutual.

  • An uplifting role model

    Mohammad al-Hout, in his 17 years as chairman of Middle East Airlines, has transformed the carrier from a losing venture to a successful brand respected...

  • Adventure in farce

    Nearly nine months into Lebanon’s presidential vacuum, and much of society is apparently dangerously complacent about the leadership gap, a situation which...

  • Horror stories of corruption

    The sad saga of Casino du Liban is a textbook case of corruption in Lebanon, and one that should be used to expose similar cases of rampant waste and fraud at...

  • Civil clout, not apathy

    With a modest title, a rally held in Downtown Beirut over the weekend to protest against the high cost of living in Lebanon – “Enough ... We want to live” –...

  • True lies all the way

    Last month’s interview with Bashar Assad in Foreign Affairs magazine was perhaps scrutinized less intensively than the subsequent news item about the...

  • Transparency vital weapon

    No one can doubt the strength of the Egyptian army, but the public deserves answers on why Islamist militants in the Sinai are repeatedly able to launch...


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