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  • Shameless power play

    Hostage-taking, blackmail and extremism dominated Lebanon’s headlines Monday, but it was unrelated to the takfiri group ISIS – instead, it was the same old...

  • Propping up Assad

    Moscow and Tehran are voicing indignation over a U.S.-led coalition’s plans to intervene militarily in Syria to battle ISIS extremists.

  • A disaster is looming

    Representatives of Lebanon’s business community sounded a warning Friday about the danger posed by the country’s political paralysis and its failure to elect...

  • Better late than never

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night was long overdue for many in Syria and across the region, but it is better late than never and this new...

  • Domestic hypocrisy

    As the hostage crisis continues in Lebanon with seemingly no end in sight, it has become apparent that some in government are less supportive of the...

  • Resistance to compromise

    Lebanon’s state of political paralysis has been cemented firmly in place thanks to the recent meeting between Michel Aoun and Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

  • Back to abnormal

    Palestinian politicians have been busy of late, putting together one of their most determined, powerful performances in recent memory – to wreck any gains...

  • A league of their own

    In its 142nd session after its creation in the 1940s, the Arab League called Sunday on its member states to confront ISIS both “militarily and politically.”

  • Help, don’t hinder

    Regarding the hostage crisis – in which nearly two-dozen Lebanese soldiers and police have been abducted by the Nusra Front and ISIS – everyone has an opinion.

  • A wrench in peace talks

    For the first time since the latest devastating Israeli assault on Gaza that left over 2,100 Palestinians dead, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met...

  • U.S. has no Syrian plan

    A couple of years back, and Syria was the main focus of global news. Today it is ISIS, both in Iraq and its neighbor. And Assad has taken advantage of this to...

  • A state held hostage

    The March 14 coalition put forward an initiative Tuesday to solve the impasse over electing a new Lebanese president, after the failure of the latest bid to...

  • Daylight robbery

    The usual bout of Western finger-wagging has begun after Israel’s decision to undertake its “biggest” land grab in 30 years, as some activists and monitors...

  • Unify and conquer

    A small demonstration in Beirut against Al-Qaeda has triggered a commotion because the flags of ISIS and the Nusra Front, which feature a phrase that is the...

  • Syria’s hunting season

    The U.N. refugee agency Friday updated the world on refugee numbers from war-torn Syria, where half the population has either fled abroad or is internally...

  • Confront with a coalition

    U.S. President Barack Obama will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council next month to discuss the threat posed by ISIS, and the irony will be in high...

  • Time for reflection

    The Gaza of today does not resemble the Gaza of before this latest war, and nor should it.

  • Libya new terror hub

    To avid Middle East watchers, Libya has appeared to be going the way of a failed state for some time now. Unfortunately, the U.S. and much of the West appears...

  • Height of audacity

    Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem used a news conference Monday to relay his regime’s latest thoughts on the topic of fighting terror, while...

  • Selective indignation

    Last August, Washington put the Middle East on a war footing in the wake of a chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus which killed hundreds...

  • Game of thrones

    Michel Aoun’s proposal on reforming the method by which the president is elected is indicative of his absolute disregard for the stability of the country and...

  • Time to wake up

    The one-year anniversary of a chemical weapons strike near Damascus, which killed hundreds of civilians and is widely blamed on the Syrian regime, is a good...

  • What does Israel want?

    Palestinian officials and negotiators who have been shuttling around in Cairo recently have for the most part focused on a demand championed by people in...

  • Slapstick education

    In what is probably a dream come true for many teenagers across the world, the Lebanese Education Ministry has finally decided to grant certificates to tens...

  • Sham U.S. ‘concern’

    American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional...


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