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  • Arc of interference 

    Iranian officials have recently made several high-profile visits to Syria, where they offered huge levels of financial and other support for the embattled...

  • Future rests in a bunker 

    The leaders of dictatorial regimes are always in danger of falling deep into the “bunker mentality,” where their isolation is a prelude to a dramatic demise.

  • Lakeside lethargy 

    Geneva is undoubtedly a lovely city to visit, but the United Nations appears to be obsessed with hosting “peace talks” on Middle East crises as a default...

  • Don’t rock the boat 

    While Lebanon remains in a precarious situation, any “initiatives” which seek to bide time and score political points are not just a waste of time but are...

  • The militia nation 

    Late last year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised a fuss about the discovery of 50,000 “ghost soldiers” in his country’s army – he vowed to stamp...

  • Bungled U.S. policy 

    This weekend’s raid into Syria by U.S. commandos is the latest twist in a saga that doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon – not the war raging in Syria,...

  • Confront a daily Nakba 

    On the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands were forced from their homes in Palestine, it is crucial for the authorities to understand...

  • Police the judiciary 

    The emergence of a sensational videotape in connection with the Michel Samaha terror case should spark a renewed effort to produce a suitable sentence for the...

  • Mockery of justice 

    The sentencing of former Information Minister Michel Samaha Wednesday would be laughable if it were not so tragic, and it raises serious questions about both...

  • A fiesta of boredom 

    Wednesday will see yet another futile attempt to elect a president in Lebanon, with the one-year anniversary of vacancy at Baabda Palace looming later this...

  • Snubbing the salesman 

    The Saudi volte-face on King Salman’s attendance at the GCC summit later this week should rightly be seen as a snub, and one that President Barack Obama...

  • Aggressive displays 

    Russia’s biggest-ever military parade, boycotted by most Western leaders, showed just how determined President Vladimir Putin is to revitalize the atmosphere...

  • A lesson in democracy 

    Thursday’s election in the United Kingdom – held on time and transparently – was a true display of democracy at its finest, the product of a system which...

  • Fighting the wrong battle 

    Having already steadied a rocking boat once before, in the border battle two years ago, Hezbollah now finds itself again providing crucial life support to the...

  • Lebanese need answers 

    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a relatively subdued televised address Tuesday, but unlike the change in tone, there was little change in...

  • Hollow support 

    Last week’s meeting between the leaders of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement was heralded in some quarters as an “exceptional” event, as Sayyed Hasan...

  • Anbar deserves justice, help 

    Iraq’s Anbar province in the last dozen years has provided a textbook case of bad policy, both by local authorities and supposedly well-meaning outsiders.

  • Correctional approach 

    The momentous decision reached in Cabinet Wednesday to build a new prison is good news not just for inmates, but for the Lebanese society as a whole.

  • The crown is slipping 

    The regime of President Bashar Assad, for many people living in government-controlled areas, appears to be entering its final phases – and even some staunch...

  • Pernicious game-playing 

    Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri has the right to call a parliamentary session whenever he sees fit, but doing so with regard to all the various blocs and...

  • Syria needs a Syrian fix 

    The pace of military developments in Syria has picked up noticeably in recent weeks; nearly all of the news has been bad for supporters of President Bashar...

  • Enough blunders by de Mistura 

    The U.N. envoy to Syria is gearing up for another attempt to end the conflict but his approach now borders on the reckless. One might have expected that as...

  • Politics of genocide 

    As Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of the genocide against their people, in which over 1 million were killed, and as similar acts...

  • Leading by example 

    As former Prime Minister Saad Hariri continues his meetings in the U.S., having met Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry, politicians at home in...

  • Talks, not demands 

    For the sake of what remains of a cohesive Yemeni state, is it essential that the Houthis and their backers now take the opportunity for peace, and take part...


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