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Lebanon’s humiliation as an exporter of drugs and terrorism

  • The flood of narcotics from Hezbollah-controlled areas of Syria and Lebanon is “enough to drown the entire Arab world in drugs and psychotropic substances,” according to Riyadh’s ambassador to Lebanon. Hezbollah and Assad’s regime sit astride a multibillion-dollar narcotics trade: Captagon smug...
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Arab states can be unstoppable when they work together

  • I was struck by last week’s news conference featuring the Egyptian, Jordanian and Iraqi foreign ministers, at which they discussed Yemen, Libya, Palestine and any number of other issues in great detail, without paying even lip service to the crisis in Lebanon. Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Ra...
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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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For Iran’s ayatollahs, money and propaganda can’t buy love

  • I was told an anecdote about Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps agents who were trying to convert an impoverished and remote Syrian community to Tehran’s brand of Shiism. The villagers agreed, on condition that the IRGC provided them with funding and a bus to convey their children to school seve...
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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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A Lebanese solution today or regional conflict tomorrow

  • Lebanon’s cedars resemble a sun-dried forest awaiting the spark: Escalating civil disorder, violence by armed factions, assassinations, state failure, financial collapse ... this is the same remorseless path into civil war that we passively watched Libya, Syria and Yemen pursue after 2011. Have...
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Putin considers slamming the door on Iran and opening a window for Israel

  • A remarkable meeting occurred in January between Syrian and Israeli officials at the Russian base near Latakia in western Syria. It appears to have been precipitated by Israeli concerns about the increasing sophistication of high-precision Iranian missiles and drones in Tehran’s satellite state...
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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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Hezbollah’s global trail of criminality and corruption

  • While Lebanon bleeds, many essential medicines are unobtainable in mainstream hospitals and pharmacies. Yet in Hezbollah-land a parallel system of health facilities exists where a full spectrum of cheap Iran-imported drugs are readily available. Hezbollah uses its control of the health minist...
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As Lebanon disintegrates, its leaders turn upon each other

  • Lebanon is doubly threatened by war from the outside and inside. If Israel, America, and Iran and its proxies do indeed go to war, they would be fighting primarily on a Lebanese battlefield, and the country is simultaneously tearing itself apart from within. President Michel Aoun’s notoriousl...
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