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  • Thugs with lethal weapons 

    With the ongoing protests in Beirut, the long-neglected Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in the southern coastal city of Sidon has again erupted into...

  • Aristocratic scoundrels 

    The street protests, initially focusing on the trash crisis, have exposed just how corrupt the entire system is, and how shocking it is that politicians got...

  • Distorted priorities 

    There is no doubt the trash problem has sparked one of the worst political crises to rock Lebanon in the past seven years.

  • A voice for the nation 

    That Sunday’s You Stink protest descended into violence and vandalism is a sad if not inevitable consequence of having thousands of protesters, including many...

  • Politicians should listen 

    The demonstrators who marched through Beirut’s streets over the weekend were from all walks of life, all corners of the country, all sects and all parties,...

  • Suspicious attacks 

    For the first time since 1973, rockets launched in Syria hit the Galilee in Israel Thursday.

  • Little change, no reform 

    Love him or loathe him, retired Gen. Michel Aoun has been an integral part of the political scene for more than a quarter of a century.

  • Somalization of Libya 

    In 2011, NATO’s Western members were all too happy to get involved in Libya, bombing it from the skies, and toppling the Gadhafi regime. Little did they think...

  • No sense of shame 

    Many Lebanese people have opinions on a whole host of varied topics, and these opinions are delivered with absolutely authority

  • Partners in massacres 

    As the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran met Monday, the Syrian government renewed airstrikes on the besieged neighborhood of Douma, where around 100...

  • Good news at last 

    There is no denying that many Lebanese are losing hope in the state and its institutions as the country stumbles from one crisis to another.

  • From Russia without love 

    With the recent flurry of diplomatic contacts on Syria, it is worth considering whether the key actors and players are actually qualified for the position,...

  • Much ado about nothing 

    In his first attempt at piling pressure on the government, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun rallied his supporters in Downtown Beirut Wednesday, but...

  • Weaving a new carpet 

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Lebanon and Syria this week culminated in talks with Tehran’s two main regional allies: Hezbollah...

  • In praise of donkeys 

    Animal charities in Lebanon frequently decry the abuse heaped on various pets – in recent months a puppy was strung up and tortured and also several kittens...

  • Get to the root 

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s weekend announcement of a crackdown on corruption will be monumental if genuine, and an embarrassing failure if not.

  • The road to the abyss 

    If any more evidence was needed that Michel Aoun is a fading political force, the Free Patriotic Movement leader provided it over the weekend.

  • Beginning of the end? 

    There is no denying that last month’s signing of the Iran nuclear deal appears to have reinvigorated diplomatic efforts in the region and beyond, focusing...

  • Wake up and engage 

    There seems to be a change in the air in the Middle East regarding Syria, but Lebanon, or at least its politicians seem not to have realized.

  • Useless men in power 

    The ongoing electricity crisis in Lebanon, although a permanent fixture, has become unmanageable.

  • A policy black hole 

    Despite its myriad financial, political and military interests in the Middle East, for some years now the U.S. has seemed a gaping hole where its foreign...

  • Can Iran let Assad go? 

    It seems that more than four years down the line, the international community appears finally to be working on a political solution to the war in Syria.

  • How to fight Israeli terror 

    State-sponsored terrorism has long been the norm in Israel and the occupied territories, but we are now seeing an increase in individual terror networks,...

  • Lion’s share of attention 

    Outrage has erupted recently over the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.

  • All talk, no action 

    When the Lebanese Cabinet convenes, average people – who feel like they’re sinking – might pay attention hoping they will be thrown some sort of lifeline, no...


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