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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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Cowardly rush back to flawed nuclear deal leaves world less safe

  • Western naivety concerning Iranian maleficence never fails to plumb new depths. French, British and German foreign ministers embarked last week on a fresh diplomatic push for Iran and the US to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 deal to curb Iran’...
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If Iran doesn’t want to get burnt, stop stoking the flames

  • Does Iran want war? Iran’s proxies launched missile strikes against Jeddah and other parts of the Arabian Peninsula, while continuing to stoke the conflict in Yemen. Tehran has accumulated 12 times the amount of enriched uranium permitted under the 2015 deal, with the IAEA warning that I...
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The death of Prince Khalifa is an immense loss for Bahrain and the entire Arabian Gulf

  • A thousand years from now, the history books will honor the towering founding figures of the modern Arabian Gulf states: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan of the UAE, Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah — and, of course, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-K...
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