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US must make up its mind on who its real partners are

  • In 1974, the great French film director Jacques Rivette, by then almost the last man standing from the postwar generation of Nouvelle Vague cineastes, released what remains the most repetitive film I have ever seen. It was called “Celine et Julie vont en Bateau” (Celine and Julie Go Boating). I...
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We are living in an age of disorder and discontent

  • In his remarkable book, “Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century,” the British historian Geoffrey Parker explores in great detail the complex interaction of the physical environment, social change, political instability and armed conflict in an era of const...
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Iran and the US: A new deal?

  • In Europe and the US, there used to be a tradition of pragmatic and often harshly realist statecraft. It went back at least as far as the 5th century B.C. Greek historian Thucydides, whose influential history of the war between Athens and Sparta was essentially an account of the coercive exerci...
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Let us hope region heeds Pope Francis’ message of peace

  • God knows, Iraq could do with some good news. Coronavirus disease infection rates are running at more than 4,000 a day. Protesters are being killed and wounded again in Nasiriyah and elsewhere in the south. The government has pledged to bring to justice previous assassins of activists: They rem...
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Suu Kyi needs international support now more than ever

  • The last time I saw Aung San Suu Kyi was in 2018, a year or so after the Rohingya crisis had erupted. The Tatmadaw — the Myanmar army — had behaved with characteristic brutality and Daw Suu was being blamed for not restraining them or condemning their actions in public. I explained my take on t...
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Virus crisis to accelerate breakdown in Iran’s client states

  • As if losing their most famous general and facing the prospect of unending US sanctions wasn’t enough, there’s now another thing for the embattled authoritarians of Tehran to worry about. It’s not the CIA, MI6 or Mossad, Delta Force or the SAS — it’s the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The viru...
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Iran must decide when to drink its new ‘cup of poison’

  • Iranians attend a funeral procession for Qassem Soleimani in Tehran. (Reuters) There we all were, wondering whether there might be a chance of some positive change in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran as a result of the courage of ordinary people in standing up to oppression and corrup...
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Only genuine, radical and deep-seated reform can save Iraq

  • In 1381, ordinary people in many parts of England rose up. They were angry about jobs, pay, oppressive taxes and the corrupt influence of foreigners over government decisions. One of their leaders, Wat Tyler, is said to have lived in a village just a mile from where I write this. At Smithfield,...
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Tehran remains the main threat to region’s security

  • Mohammed Javad Zarif, centre left, with Emmanuel Macron, in Biarritz. (AFP) It’s that time again. The summer season, when the heat gets to people’s brains and silliness sets in. There has just been a G7 summit in Biarritz (nice place, Edward VII used to play baccarat there),...
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How US can react to Iranian provocations while avoiding war

  • Fire and smoke billows from a tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman. (AFP) Will there be war? By which, of course, I mean: Will there be a shooting war between Iran and the US? A lot of people — particularly in America — seem to think it possible. And many of those think t...
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