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Time to end Hezbollah’s hold over Lebanon

  • For decades, the sectarian power-sharing understanding between Lebanon’s warlords, who became the faces of its ruling political elite, was a marriage of convenience that allowed each to claim a slice of the country’s lucrative economic cake. That understanding, the Taif Agreement, provided a pe...
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Three regional crises that could be resolved this year

  • At the onset of 2022, the Middle East ranks first in terms of a chain of convoluted conflicts. Some have been gridlocked for years. But pundits cannot escape making some informed predictions about what the year holds for these conflicts. And, yes, there is a sense of optimism regarding some of ...
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No end in sight to the Libyan quagmire

  • A decade after the collapse of the long reign of Libya’s strongman Muammar Qaddafi, the divided oil-rich country finds itself at yet another critical milestone — the Dec. 24 presidential election. Like almost everything in Libya, deep political fissures make this important step a dangerous on...
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Jordan’s constitutional quid pro quo

  • Jordan’s lawmakers have begun their initial debate of constitutional amendments sent by the government, along with two pieces of legislation. The proposed political parties and election laws were drafted by a royal committee that was assigned the task of modernizing the kingdom’s political life...
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Sudan’s transition to democracy back on track for now

  • One month after staging what can only be described as a coup, Sudan’s chief military commander Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan reinstated ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and agreed to recommit to the 2019 Constitutional Charter and a “partnership” between the military and the country’s civil p...
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Israelis damn themselves by labeling human rights groups as terrorists

  • In a normal country, and in normal times, the decision to designate certain nongovernmental organizations as terror groups would be accompanied by damning evidence, revelations from official inquiries and corroborating proof from multiple, credible foreign sources. But Israel is not a normal c...
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Sudan coup conjures ghosts of bloody past

  • It was a marriage of inconvenience to begin with, and the only surprise is that it lasted as long as it did. On Monday, the people of Sudan woke to find that the military had seized power, arresting Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and members of his Cabinet, as well as a civilian member of the So...
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Much-needed breakthrough on Syria could be imminent

  • The opposing sides in the Syrian conflict are this week co-chairing a meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, after having agreed to begin the drafting process of a new basic law for the country. Following a pause of nine months, the committee — comprising representatives of t...
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Three UN speeches, three different takes on Palestine

  • Every year, and for many decades, at the UN General Assembly’s September meetings, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian question are tackled in speeches by concerned world leaders. Until recently, the dividing line was quite clear: A majority of countries supported a negotiated settle...
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World leaders to discuss crucial issues at UN General Assembly

  • The 76th UN General Assembly’s high-level debate is scheduled to run from Sept. 21-27 but, unlike last year, when all the gatherings were held virtually, at least 80 leaders are expected to attend in person, along with their delegations, despite a US request that the debate be mostly virtual. T...
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