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  • A welcome lifeline 

    As the first shipment of arms bought with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion gift to Lebanon arrives Monday, it’s worth remembering how much the kingdom has done for...

  • Double standards 

    Friday’s address by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, focusing on developments in Yemen, was a model of consistency – as in consistent double standards.

  • Opportunity for Yemen 

    Nearly a month into the coalition air campaign in Yemen, a glimmer of hope has appeared with the passing of a U.N. Security Council resolution that demands a...

  • Education black hole 

    The release of a report this week on conditions in the Middle East is unlikely to gain much attention from global media outlets – probably because the words...

  • Ball is in Iran court 

    As the U.N. Security Council voted in favor of a resolution placing an arms embargo on Houthi leaders in Yemen, aimed at halting the fighting there, Iran...

  • Have we learned? 

    In mid-April of every year, Lebanese politicians denounce the Civil War.

  • Stop the mudslinging 

    Lebanese politicians have long held a fondness for public bickering, but the increased tone and scale of the rhetoric in recent days is becoming dangerous,...

  • Stones from glass houses 

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s angry rant Thursday about the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen reveals the Iranian leader is increasingly nervous about recent...

  • March 8 a mouthpiece 

    Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has grown accustomed over recent months and years to criticizing Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf, and these attacks...

  • Uncontested murder 

    The crisis currently raging in the Palestinian neighborhood of Yarmouk is generating a storm of condemnation and urgent humanitarian appeals – the kind that...

  • Framework for peace 

    Commenting on the initial nuclear deal framework with Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would soon be inviting the leaders of the...

  • A deal or legacy? 

    The agreement reached Thursday between Iran and world powers on “key parameters” to prevent Tehran the opportunity to build a nuclear weapon was substantial...

  • A Lebanese blessing 

    While the general political and economic situation in Lebanon is quite dire, one can also find an significant bright spot – the country has so far resisted a...

  • Chance for diplomacy 

    Iran’s nuclear talks have reached a point where a final deal appears inevitable, whether it comes in June or is delayed by a few more weeks or months.

  • Detached from reality 

    In speaking to the U.S. news program “60 Minutes” this weekend, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he knew he had the support of the Syrian people because he...

  • Vehemence by proxy 

    Friday’s televised address by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah contained a heavy dose of vehement criticism directed at Saudi Arabia, matched only by the heavy dose of...

  • Sworn to violence 

    Two recent interviews with Bashar Assad contain the leader’s views on relations with Russia and the U.S., as well as an expected categorical denial that...

  • Tehran’s tentacles 

    Military intervention by a coalition of regional countries in crisis-ridden Yemen might appear like a sudden, dramatic shift in the conflict, but it shouldn’t...

  • Siniora’s hard truths 

    Fouad Siniora’s testimony to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon this week is doing much to explain why pro-Syrian figures expressed such harsh criticism and...

  • Hollow calls for president 

    Lebanon is in the grips of political paralysis because Baabda Palace has been vacant for nearly a year, and in the grips of a wave of rhetoric by one of the...

  • One voice, one strategy 

    Now that it is clear the new Israeli government will be more hawkish than ever, and less interested in Palestinian interests, it is time for the international...

  • Killed by their own 

    The skies above the Middle East are alive with the sound of fighter jets, but the earth beneath them is full of death and destruction.

  • Vigilance necessary 

    The brazen attack on a tourist site in downtown Tunis Wednesday was highly symbolic, as it targeted the country where the Arab uprisings first erupted and the...

  • Stand up to Netanyahu 

    Tuesday’s vote in Israel has paved the way for the most right-wing government in recent years, and it must be seen primarily as a victory for Netanyahu, not...

  • Security isn’t a chess piece 

    The current tenures of the Army chief, the Army Intelligence chief and the ISF chief are all, unfortunately, coming to an end in the coming weeks and months,...


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