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Iran-Russia-Israel love triangle trembles under Ukraine tensions

  • Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s relationship with his closest superpower ally, Vladimir Putin, has been going through a complicated patch. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has also struggled to retain Russian affections while not burning his bridges with NATO states. It was ...
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Extremists seek electoral victory in Paris and Beirut

  • The received wisdom in the aftermath of Russia’s attack on Ukraine was that it would precipitate a collapse in support for the Kremlin-aligned far right throughout the Western world. However, despite the massive European outpouring of support for Ukraine, two of Vladimir Putin’s closest Europ...
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All bets off for Lebanon after Hariri’s withdrawal

  • Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, en route to the Arab foreign ministers’ meeting in Kuwait, declared: “I am not going there to hand over Hezbollah’s weapons.” If he was going to deliver only flowery language and empty words, far better he never went at all. Lebanon cannot positiv...
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Iran’s war machine pursues ballistic and nuclear supremacy

  • The head of US military operations in the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie, recognizes that Iran and its proxies have achieved “overmatch” — the ability to fire many more missiles than adversaries such as Israel and the US can shoot down or destroy. “Iran’s missiles have become a more immediate...
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Lebanon’s arsonist-in-chief aims to set the region alight

  • If Lebanon were a fragile, overcrowded and sinking boat, laden with desperate and starving refugees, making its precarious way across the ocean; then Hassan Nasrallah would be the psychopathic axman who, mid-voyage, frenziedly attempts to puncture the vessel’s hull and take everyone to the bott...
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Biden’s multilateralism is all very nice. But now let’s see action

  • For international correspondents, the last couple of weeks represented a gourmet meal of global summits, bilateral meetings and multilateral fora. But what does all this frenzied diplomatic activity mean for the real world? Among Western leaders, there have been smiles and backslapping aplent...
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What could be worse than Netanyahu? Meet Israel’s new prime minister

  • Asked in 2018 if he would advocate a “shoot to kill” policy against children breaching the Gaza border, Naftali Bennett retorted: “They are not children — they are terrorists.” During a Cabinet session, Bennett argued: “If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them.” When a colleague po...
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If China and Russia want global respect, stop backing the bad guys

  • NATO member states at last week’s summit mustered a superficial show of unity regarding “aggressive and coercive” behavior around the world by China and Russia, but there was precious little unity of purpose on specific policies and goals that could compel Moscow and Beijing to evolve into more...
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Anticipating a new decade of Syrian conflict

  • After a decade of war in what used to be Syria, are 10 further years of conflict the best that can be expected? Syria is a plurality of furiously competing polities: Rebel-held Idlib; Turkish-occupied northern areas; eastern regions where Kurdish forces, US troops and Iranian proxies jostle f...
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Can Biden rebuild America’s fractured global standing?

  • The past four years have demonstrated that when the US disregards mechanisms of international justice, such mechanisms effectively cease to exist: Systematic human rights abuses have been perpetrated with impunity, predatory nations have sought to seize territories from nearby failing states, a...
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