For some in ‘occupied’ and ‘subjugated’ Lebanon the nightmare is over; for others, the country is approaching a regional cliff edge.In fact, Lebanon is going through a second...Will Catalonians, Scots and Kurds experiments ring alarm bells to all nations?
So the worst has come to pass, and the two protagonists of the “Catalonia Crisis” have slid into open confrontation; as neither Barcelona is happy with the ‘marriage’, nor...Re-defining the Near East’s borders
Recurring calls by Lebanese President Michel Aoun and his son-in-law Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil for the “return” of the Syrian displaced persons, remind me of the campaigns of Eastern...Dangers of refusing to link the Iran Deal to Tehran’s behavior
“What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage?” -Felix Dennis It was a nail-biting moment for many as they waited for President Donald Trump to announce his...Scrutinizing the Kurdish referendum
It was really significant that the coffin of Jalal Talebani, the ex-Iraqi president, was wrapped by the national flag of Kurdistan rather the flag of Iraq, during his funeral in his hometown...Newton’s third law in a country held captive
I would have preferred today to write something about the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum and its likely consequences; as it presents a true landmark regardless how one looks at it. However, the sentences...Too much democracy may damage your health
One quote widespread in the Arab region, a few decades ago, was that it was facing the danger of ‘partitioning what has been already partitioned. Those days, several Arab capitals were run by...The Near East’s costly wrong bets
As uncertainty engulfs a bleeding Near East, besieged by regional and global powers each pursuing its own agenda, dormant ambitions and sensitivities are waking up and finding the current situation...