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Libyan chaos could have been averted if world listened to Jibril

  • Libya last week witnessed its worst fighting in two years, when forces aligned with Fathi Bashagha failed to take the capital and oust Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. Analysts are warning of a renewed civil war, but isn’t the scene a case of deja vu? When a faction is not happy with the res...
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How the opposition can solve Lebanon’s election conundrum

  • As the world is busy with the implications of the conflict in Ukraine, little attention is being paid to Lebanon. However, the country is set to witness, in just a couple of months’ time, parliamentary elections. If they happen, they will decide the future of the country. Though it is unlikely ...
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Don’t be fooled by the ‘scarecrow’ of Sunni extremism

  • The Lebanese media last week reported the story of five young men from the north of the country who died while fighting for Daesh. Much emphasis and hype was placed on the citizens being from Tripoli. Why this effort to demonize Tripoli, the capital of the north, as a hub of Sunni extremism? ...
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Can Turkey turn a crisis into an opportunity?

  • Turkey has a working relationship with the EU, the US and NATO, but there are also points of contention between them. As tension rises over Ukraine, the question is whether Ankara can capitalize on it to obtain from those three allies what it has been unable to in the past. The Turkish-EU rel...
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Why Lebanon’s elections may be canceled

  • Lebanon’s president, prime minister and parliament speaker on Thursday succeeded in putting together another scheme covered and polished by Lebanese law. President Michel Aoun has agreed to open an exceptional parliamentary session. This will effectively protect the politicians from being summo...
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Idlib a thorn in the side of Assad’s grand plan for victory

  • The new year started with intense bombing in the Syrian province of Idlib. The bombing killed two and injured 10 more. Idlib is supposed to be part of the de-escalation zone agreed by Russia and Turkey that was demarcated as part of the ceasefire put in place in March 2020. Despite such attacks...
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Will Lebanon’s energy crisis be solved by Israeli gas?

  • Gas will be flowing to Lebanon in the next three months. This is what Amos Hochstein, the US State Department’s senior adviser for global energy security and the officer in charge of maritime talks between Lebanon and Israel, announced last week. This step is part of President Joe Biden’s froze...
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How the Tehran regime’s ideology ran dry

  • Protests in Khuzestan Province have rocked the Iranian regime in recent weeks and have now spread to the capital Tehran. The protests highlight a structural deficiency in the country. The water problems in Khuzestan reveal the inequality between regions, as well as the inability of the system t...
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Biden’s cautious approach will not solve Middle East’s problems

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is this week visiting the Middle East, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, among others. The visit is focused on “maintaining the ceasefire, getting the assistance to the people who need it,” accord...
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How gas windfall could save Lebanon from bankruptcy

  • Lebanese President Michel Aoun gave a speech last week in which he lashed out at the political elite, the central bank and the banking system, holding them responsible for the bankruptcy of the country. He called for a forensic audit, after which the government would become eligible to receive ...
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