History’s suicide and geography’s disintegration

By Eyad Abu Shakra From Hamburg we heard, for the first time, of a US-Russian “common understanding” on Syria. From Baghdad came the good news about the liberation of Mosul. From Lebanon, we heard how eager those infatuated with the country’s sovereignty were to return Syrian refugees back to the regime that had displaced them. The “understanding” More...

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By admin On Monday, July 17th, 2017
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Hoping for a time when all lives are valued

By Baria Alamuddin Syrian families living in the UK recently expressed bemusement to me that “the world has gone mad” over the tragic case of a single baby, Charlie Gard, suffering a rare genetic disorder. Gard’s More...

By admin On Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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Sectarianism: Iran’s proxies target Sunnis

By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh A core pillar of Iran’s foreign policy, which aims to achieve regional hegemony, is anchored in sectarianism. Since Iran knows it cannot wage direct warfare with other regional or global More...

By admin On Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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Oil markets are cyclical — eventually they will rebalance

By Cornelia Meyer This was an eventful week for oil markets. The great and good of the industry congregated at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC). The discussion was about the general state of the oil industry, More...

By admin On Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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Daesh after Mosul

Daoud Kuttab Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared that Daesh had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, Daesh More...

By admin On Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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The US-Qatar MoU will need close observation

By Faisal J. Abbas The US-Qatar MoU on combatting terrorism and its financing, which was announced on Tuesday during the visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Doha, is an important development. There is More...

By admin On Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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Whose side is the US secretary of state taking in the Gulf rift?

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed When the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets the angry minsters of the quartet — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain — he will find himself facing governments that have already More...

By admin On Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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From shale to electric cars, a packed agenda for OPEC

By Wael Mahdi The Joint Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) is set to meet in Russia later this month after the committee’s mandate was More...

By admin On Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
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UNESCO is right — Hebron is in Palestine

By Chris Doyle Dozens of times over the last 25 years, I have trekked the old town of the magnificent city of Hebron. Few cities teem with such history. How many can claim to host the burial sites of such biblical More...

By admin On Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
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El-Sisi needs to unite Egyptians against terrorism

By Mohammed Nosseir Learning that military personnel or innocent civilians were killed in a terrorist attack ought to be utterly devastating to any citizen. The intensive and ongoing terrorist attacks in Egypt should More...