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Eyad Abu Shakra

Eyad Abu Shakra is managing editor of Asharq Al-Awsat.

Twitter: @eyad1949

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Clear choices facing Iran

The change of occupants in the White House following the 2016 US presidential elections has affected the whole world, but for Iran specifically it has truly been significant. Today, mass demonstrations on the streets of major Iranian cities coincide with escalating US sanctions.

August 17, 2018

Middle East’s problems have never been so far from settlement

The blood that was shed in the occupied Palestinian territories on the anniversary of Land Day will be followed by more of the same if the “March of Return” continues until Nakba Day on May 15.

April 10, 2018

Non-elections, Lebanese-style

Lebanon enjoys a lot of freedom but very little democracy,” said former Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss. In the current election season, this quote is more truthful than ever. Yes there is a lot of freedom, perhaps even too much.

March 30, 2018

A new term for a new tsar

Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential elections… again. A victory for the “Kremlin tsar” was not actually in doubt, and if the obvious reason is the lack of a well-organized opposition, there are other reasons that are no less significant.

March 22, 2018

Greater Damascus: The final touches on the new demographic map

“Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa,” wrote The Independent’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk.

March 02, 2018