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Large Muslim prison population a test for Johnson’s unity pledge

  • Muslim inmates count for a staggering 16 percent of the UK prison population. (Getty Images) With news of a new prime minister in 10 Downing Street, a landmark UK House of Commons paper on the British prison population that was released last week was largely ignored. It...
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Lebanese experts capable of leading nation’s reforms

  • For Lebanon — a country facing a perfect storm of hyperinflation, food shortages and an acute political crisis — the notion that circumstances could worsen seemed impossible to countenance. However, the Aug. 4 explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in Beirut port proved that things could i...
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Lebanon’s elite responsible for hollowing out of the state 

  • Demonstrators wave Lebanese flags during a protest in Tripoli, Lebanon. (Reuters) Sentiments on the streets of Lebanon could not be more different from 30 years ago, when the country’s leaders inspired a sense of optimism in choosing peace and prosperity over bitter civil war. Ho...
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Lebanon’s leaders are to blame for the worsening crisis

  • University students light a flare and wave Lebanese flags during anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon, November 6, 2019. (Reuters) There was a time when Lebanon’s “Zuama,” or confessional-come-political leaders, held sway in their respective communities. Their role in pro...
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Lebanon’s self-serving elite unable to stop freefall

  • There is nothing new about Lebanon’s “new prime minister.” A billionaire, of a certain age, Najib Mikati has, in fact, been in the job twice before. His plan to approach “Arab brothers to hold Lebanon’s hand and stop the freefall” is also, sadly, not new. Lebanon’s problems today are the direc...
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Lessons to be learned from the ashes of Notre Dame

  • A view of the debris inside Notre Dame de Paris in the aftermath of the fire that devastated the cathedral. (Reuters) One of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, the 14th century Notre Dame de Paris is not just a building but a symbol. The history of the cathedral r...
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Libyan crisis is an opportunity to stir the Arab Maghreb Union from its slumber

  • A soldier loyal to the GNA after taking control of Al-Watiya Air Base, southwest of Tripoli, Libya, on 18 May, 2020. (Reuters) On a crisp February evening in Marrakech in 1989, the impossible seemed to happen. Amid wrangling and rivalries, the leaders of five countries in northwe...
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London’s role in preserving Middle Eastern art

  • Twice a year, once in October and once in April, those interested in Islamic antiquities converge in London to take part in Islamic Art Week. During the week, a series of events, lectures and high-profile auctions characterize London’s central role in the market of Middle Eastern art. The choice...
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Looking at US-Gulf ties beyond November

  • In the wake of the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden’s favorability rating rose to about 45 percent. The announcement of Kamala Harris as a running mate — plus the vocal approval of three previous presidents — gave a much-needed boost to his campaign. Though President Donald Trump does...
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Macron must write a new national story for France

  • Only minutes before the Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames last month, French President Emmanuel Macron was recording a solemn message to the nation. In what was expected to be a highly anticipated address, the president was to outline his plan to end the months of protests that have c...
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