Daily Star Editorial

  • Playing with fire 

    Some groups are issuing denials. Others are expressing condemnation, perhaps with a statement of firm resolve tossed in. Still others are launching...

  • No guts, no glory 

    As the situation in Syria intensifies, the Arab League is once again playing into its reputation as a toothless organization whose sole purpose is the...

  • Living on the edge 

    The last 12 months, give or take, have been a case of the Lebanese people living on the edge. The year began with the dramatic fall of the government,...

  • Financial trials 

    As if Lebanon needed the news, the international rating agency Moody’s downgraded the outlook for the country’s banking sector – giving it a...

  • Ballot resolution 

    The three-day closure of Lebanon’s second-biggest power plant over the weekend, plunging much of the country into prolonged darkness, proves that...

  • Failed Cabinet 

    Lebanon’s government is on its death bed. Having sustained so much damage from internal disputes and external shocks, it is unlikely it will survive the...

  • Path to credibility 

    So much has been written about the Special Tribunal for Lebanon that is seems the country has witnessed the court’s denouement several times over....

  • All bark no bite 

    The media has been busy broadcastingthe latest news on the “Iran saga” following the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report on the...

  • Time to multitask 

    On the one hand, focusing on a pressing issue is a good thing. On the other, focusing on one thing and ignoring a host of other equally pressing issues...

  • Against the grain

    Moscow is standing firmly against the possibility of outside military intervention in the crisis in Syria. The Russians have been down this road before, quite...

  • Losing backers 

    It is testament to the Arab League’s butterfingered way that when it proposed Syria’s government and opposition hold discussions in Cairo the...

  • Tunisia’s next step 

    The week of a new beginning for Tunisia ended with the victorious Ennahda party seeking to allay fears that their election could lead to the country’s...

  • Too little too late 

    Arab ministers made their way to Damascus Wednesday for “frank and cordial” discussions with Syrian President Bashar Assad. It only took seven...

  • The ultimate test

    As the vote counting continues in Sunday’s election in Tunisia, the results will be important. But more important is the manner in which the Tunisian...

  • Get in line 

    Tunisia and Tunisians were busy celebrating this weekend something that many people in democracies around the world take for granted: a free and fair...

  • Dictators’ demise 

    The nightmare in Libya is over, and it is hoped that the bloodshed has ended as well. Celebration and relief at the violent demise of Moammar Gadhafi will...

  • Make Israel comply 

    The international media focused Tuesday on the prisoner swap between Israel and the Palestinians, highlighting the theme of an end to a five-year saga. The...

  • Survival instinct 

    Friday’s television appearance by Druze politician Walid Jumblatt showcased the usual set of maverick political stances, updated for the early fall of...

  • Tipping point 

    The allegations made by the United States that Iran had planned to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington are as breathtaking as they are...

  • Is it Arab Fall? 

    A “fact-finding” committee has been formed in the wake of Sunday’s deadly violence in Egypt, involving the Coptic community. Actually, the...

  • Senseless censor 

    The news this weekend that a major Beirut film festival felt the need to pull an Iranian documentary from its competition program – just as it was...

  • An empty mantra 

    When adversity strikes, it is as natural as it is misleadingly comforting to revert to type. Any apparently unexpected shock to any system can be palliated by...

  • The book of Jobs 

    As political jolts continue to shake the region and the world at large, it seems more and more capital is being invested in the whims of leaders. With little...

  • Inert with trivia 

    Lebanon’s Cabinet is scheduled to convene for its weekly session Wednesday, and dozens of items – around 150 in all – will be on the agenda...

  • Road to disaster 

    When reports started emerging over the weekend that more than 10 spectators had been injured during a street-racing event in Zahle, the verdict was simple:...

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