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Thoughts and memories of the Jews of Lebanon and the Near East

  • In November 1994, I published an eight-part series of articles about the history of the Jews in the Arab world in Asharq Al-Awsat, a sister publication of Arab News. That series was appreciated by many but criticized by some, including a veteran Arab journalist who wondered why I wrote somethin...
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Clear choices facing Iran

  • The change of occupants in the White House following the 2016 US presidential elections has affected the whole world, but for Iran specifically it has truly been significant. Today, mass demonstrations on the streets of major Iranian cities coincide with escalating US sanctions. Last week, san...
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What the Sweida Druze mean to Daesh employers

  • The Druze may be unlucky for being the most loyal minority to an identity facing an unknown future. They are perhaps the Arabs’ Arabs, and the Middle Eastern community that has never felt naturally at ease except with its Arab identity. Even before the emergence of Arabism in its contemporary p...
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A natural end to the two-state illusion

  • The passing by Israel’s Knesset (Parliament) of a law defining Israel as a Jewish state, thus turning the Arab minority into second-class citizens, was expected. All signs — whether local, regional or global — were pointing in that direction. Even the well-chosen diplomatic jargon that appeared...
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After the elections, what kind of government for what kind of Lebanon?

  • My advice to anyone attempting to analyse Lebanon’s latest parliamentary elections, without taking into consideration regional and international developments, is to look for something more worthwhile. Since the period of fake entente that preceded the current period of de facto occupation, it i...
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Our region, our collective memory and Ghassan Al-Imam

  • A few days ago, we lost Ghassan Al-Imam, a brilliant opinion writer. The veteran Syrian journalist and writer lived through a fascinating period of Middle Eastern history, documented it and commented on it with exceptional lucidity, precision and a rare encyclopedic knowledge. He was one of the...
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In Lebanese politics the devil is in the details

  • At the CEDRE Paris Conference last week, which aimed to rally international support for an investment program to boost the Lebanese economy, French President Emmanuel Macron underlined the importance of “following up” on the outcome. Stressing that it would be meaningless “unless radical change...
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Middle East’s problems have never been so far from settlement

  • The blood that was shed in the occupied Palestinian territories on the anniversary of Land Day will be followed by more of the same if the “March of Return” continues until Nakba Day on May 15....
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Non-elections, Lebanese-style

  • Lebanon enjoys a lot of freedom but very little democracy,” said former Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss. In the current election season, this quote is more truthful than ever. Yes there is a lot of freedom, perhaps even too much. But as far as democracy is concerned, and regardless of the...
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A new term for a new tsar

  • Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential elections… again. A victory for the “Kremlin tsar” was not actually in doubt, and if the obvious reason is the lack of a well-organized opposition, there are other reasons that are no less significant....
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