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The relationship once shared between the late Syrian and Iraqi leaders, Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein, can be described as both complicated and intertwined. So was the story between Damascus and Baghdad. Many factors, such as politics, bigotry, ideology, and geography, have defined the hallmarks of Iraq-Syria ties and the race for leadership in the …

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Friday that some Lebanese parties unfairly insist on accusing Hezbollah of obstructing cabinet formation in Lebanon and blaming it on false assumptions related to the Iran nuclear deal. Delivering a televised speech to address the latest developments in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Iran has consistently refused …

Credit: cottonbro from Pexels Three quarters of women journalists said they had experienced some form of violence online, in a global survey conducted by UNESCO and the International Center of Journalists (ICFJ). The report, The Chilling: Global Trends in Online Violence Against Women Journalists, indicates that threats of physical and sexual violence were the most …

Amid strong speculation about Iran’s approach to a renewed deal with world powers over its nuclear program, the country elected its new president, Ebrahim Raisi. The new head of government will have the opportunity to revive the Iranian economy, improve diplomatic relations and strengthen geopolitical reach in the Middle East and beyond. Governing is a …

The 2021 class of the National Evangelical School of Nabatieh (NESN) is entirely Shia Muslim. While this is certainly not the image of a typical Christian school in the United States, it is hardly an exception in Lebanon, where 35 evangelical schools have an average of two-thirds Muslim students. Located 35 miles south of Beirut, …

Bridging the generational gap Civil society initially failed to deal with what we lost when we surrendered our independence to regional warfare. An open warning of Hezbollah’s sensibilities was, in retrospect, misguided. But they are the only group capable of bridging the generational gap. Citizens who have spent years reflecting, writing and giving lectures on …

Twenty-five years ago, on June 25, 1996, a huge truck bomb exploded in the Khobar Towers building complex near Dhahran in Saudi Arabia, home to 2,000 US military personnel. The bomb killed 19 American airmen and injured more than 500 other American and non-American citizens, most of whom were responsible for enforcing Saddam Hussein’s no-fly …

Much of the world seems to have forgotten about Syria’s savage 10-year-old civil war still capable of igniting and wreaking havoc across the Middle East – and Europe. The international appeasement that took hold after the defeat of Isis is misplaced. The same goes for the idea that fragile neighboring states such as Lebanon, Jordan …

Lebanon’s endless political crisis continues. He has not had a government since Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned last year after the Beirut port explosion. Since then, the country has gone from crisis to crisis, with Hezbollah being the main benefactor of these crises. Lebanese President Michel Aoun met with Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister designate. …

“War was the only life I have known since childhood, and the experience of the left was outside that life and its struggles.” Fadi Bardawil Author of “Revolution and disenchantment: Arab Marxism and the bonds of emancipation”. Bardawil’s education during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) and the development of his political consciousness during the height …