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Deep popular anger at the root of Iran’s eruptions

  • Some years ago, I was discussing the largely male-led uprisings of the so-called Arab Spring with a Saudi friend. He said to me, that was nothing: Wait until women realize their power. Events in Iran give that thought a special resonance now. The facts are straightforward. Members of the spec...
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There is nothing ‘reasonable’ about Iran’s behavior

  • What’s in a word? On Aug. 22, Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, who has been negotiating with Iran over the rebooted Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, called the latest response to his proposals from Tehran “reasonable.” Really? Is this perha...
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Can Lebanon buck the Middle East’s trend of futile elections?

  • So, Lebanon is going to the polls again on Sunday. Excited? No, me neither. Elections in the Middle East tend to follow a pattern as predictable as “Star Wars.” You turn up at the polling station, queue patiently in the heat, cast your vote, have your fingers marked with ink, go home, rejoice a...
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The Iran nuclear deal in an age of conflict

  • Well, that happened fast, didn’t it. Two weeks ago, much of the chatter in the commentariat was about the prospects for a new Iran deal — the revival or revision of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — as a result of the international negotiations with Tehran in Vienna. Would it happen or w...
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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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Arab world right to follow Sadat’s lead on Israel

  • Forty years ago — on Oct. 6, 1981 — Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt since October 1970, was assassinated by a group of Islamist revolutionaries within the Egyptian military under the command of 1st Lt. Khalid Al-Islambouli. Al-Islambouli’s associates included Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Omar Abdul Rahma...
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Today’s world an unhappy replacement for the one of pre-9/11

  • There has been a vogue recently to take some particular year, call it “the year that changed X” and produce a book or a documentary about it. These range from the mostly very bad (“1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything” — spoiler alert: It didn’t) to the rare piece of excellence (Kim Gha...
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The real problem is the absence of hope among Palestinians

  • It is a disturbing film clip, taken on a mobile phone, young protesters running down a darkened street, illuminated by the flames of burning buildings, shouts, screams, gunfire in the background. No, it was not last Monday in Jerusalem, Lod, Jaffa or Gaza. It was Karbala, in central Iraq, on S...
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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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Biden euphoria will quickly hit turbulence in Middle East

  • Well, it is only just 2021 and what a month we have already had. New and more transmittable forms of the coronavirus disease; a US president in denial about a lost election; an attempted insurrection on Capitol Hill; Iranian “suicide drones” on patrol and long-range ballistic missiles apparentl...
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