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Chinese and Iranian vultures circling over Beirut

  • For two millennia the Silk Road was a 6,500km caravan route connecting China to the West, for the export of spices, fabrics and tea. Beijing today is investing hundreds of billions of dollars reopening these routes as an immense arena of Chinese commercial hegemony, with massive investments str...
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Restoring Iraq as the beating heart of Arab commerce

  • There is something almost tragi-comic about Iraqi prime ministers’ predilection for visiting Tehran and Riyadh in immediate succession, whether the intention is to play one side off against the other or simply to prove to the Americans that Iraq isn’t trapped in the Tehran camp. It is hugely ...
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There are many more names on the Hashd assassins’ blacklist

  • Three of Hisham Al-Hashimi’s children and his distraught young wife watched as his bloodied, bullet-riddled body was dragged from his car moments after masked men on motorcycles shot him repeatedly at point-blank range. CCTV footage amply displays the cold-blooded professionalism of Hashimi’s k...
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How Syrian ‘annexations’ will come back to haunt Erdogan

  • During Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s tenure as president, Turkey has lurched from prioritizing good relations with all neighbors to rivaling Russia in its expansionist, imperialist ambitions. Neo-Ottoman Ankara waded into the Libyan conflict, dominates territories throughout northern Syria, consolidat...
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Where will we stand amid the anger of the repressed?

  • Where does the world’s wellspring of anger and frustration come from? From New York to Palestine to Hong Kong to Lebanon, we are living in an era of scarcely concealed rage, underpinned by grotesquely divisive and polarizing political models. A crop of world leaders thrive on cultivating an...
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Lebanese demand bread, Hezbollah offers hot air and fantasies 

  • Once upon a time, an incautious word against Hezbollah — whether from lowly journalists or leading politicians — could merit a death sentence. Nowadays, ridiculing the “Axis of Resistance” has become a Lebanese national pastime.  In recent days, a flood of videos and articles have bold...
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Anarchy loosed upon the region as Iran’s client states fall apart

  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is like a hunter who shoots animals for the purpose of stuffing them and nailing them to his wall. Today Beirut, Damascus, Sanaa and Baghdad are the dying trophies on display above Khamenei’s fireplace. Khamenei may brag that he has severed these heads from the bleeding...
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Tensions rise as new Iraqi PM confronts Iran’s proxies

  • Tharallah (God’s Revenge) emerged in 2003 as a notorious Basra-based, Tehran-funded death squad, hunting down and gruesomely murdering Sunnis, Baathists, and anyone Iranian agents paid them to kill. British soldiers in December 2003 raided a Tharallah torture chamber. It has regained nationwide...
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Iranian regime will not stop bankrolling terror

  • Iraq already hosts about 60 paramilitary groups, which together consist of upwards of 160,000 fighters. Announcements concerning the formation of yet more Iran-aligned factions thus come as little surprise. In practice, these entities — like Usbat Al-Thaireen, Ashab Al-Kahf and Qabdat Al-Hoda...
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Iraq being dragged down by drowning Iranian regime

  • Iraq is in a state of economic and political freefall, made infinitely worse by Tehran’s determination to exploit its neighbor’s woes for its own benefit. With its own economy in a disastrous state, Iran has buried its fangs into Baghdad, as well as Beirut and Damascus, in a fatal and unrelenti...
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