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Lebanese elite want to scapegoat military over boat tragedy

  • After tragedy rocked the city of Tripoli in north Lebanon on Saturday, when a boat carrying illegal immigrants sank close to the shore, leaving dozens dead or missing, the country’s political elite began to look for someone to blame. Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah immediately ca...
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Nervous Israel considers its next move

  • Israel’s outgoing air force chief Amikam Norkin said this month that Israel has lost its air supremacy over Lebanon after a drone was nearly shot down by Hezbollah a year ago. Tel Aviv has an understanding with Russia whereby the latter gives the former the freedom to operate in Syrian airspace...
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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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Lebanese cling to slender hopes of a better 2022

  • Another year is ending in Lebanon with little sign of a breakthrough. The council of ministers cannot meet because of a block by Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement. All the indications are that the situation will go downhill from here. Elections due in May are unlikely to brin...
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Blast anniversary may unleash Lebanon’s anger

  • The countdown to Aug. 4, the anniversary of the port explosion that devastated Beirut and killed more than 200 people, has begun. In the immediate aftermath of the blast, everyone was busy with relief work, and the visit by French President Emmanuel Macron gave the Lebanese false hope that a ...
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Hezbollah’s only option is to step back in time

  • Lebanese public affairs consultancy The Pulse and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the German political foundation, published a study last week in which Lebanon’s protest groups were mapped. Among the different issues the survey highlighted, the most controversial and divisive was Hezbollah and its we...
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Why Bashar Assad can’t rest easy just yet

  • Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov visited Damascus last week to brief Syrian President Bashar Assad on the outcome of the Vladimir Putin-Joe Biden summit. Borisov also reassured Assad regarding sanctions and aid. Russia is flexing its muscles with the international community to facil...
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Iranians’ message to hard-liners: ‘You break it, you own it’

  • An audio recording of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was leaked last week to a Persian news channel in London. The highlight of the audio was his criticism of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), particularly the revered late commander Qassem Soleimani. Some said the leak of th...
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Why calling Khamenei’s bluff may be Biden’s best option

  • In the midst of the chaos that took Washington by surprise, when a mob invaded the Capitol, and while the US and the rest of the world were trying to grapple with what happened in America, Iran on Saturday gave President-elect Joe Biden an ultimatum: Lift the US sanctions on Tehran by Feb. 21 o...
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Sheikh Sabah made Kuwait an oasis for reconciliation

  • Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al-Sabah in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, May 31, 2019. (Reuters) On Tuesday, I saw some breaking news on my phone: The TV broadcast in Kuwait had been disrupted to air verses from the Holy Qur’an. News started spreading that the emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-...
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