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Ghassan Charbel
Ghassan Charbel

Ghassan Charbel is the Editor-in-Chief of London-based Al Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. Ghassan's Twitter handle is @GhasanCharbel.

Putin in “the mother of all battles”

As the night fell, he stood alone pondering the map. The decisive task he was given came not from voters: it was commissioned by the spirit of a nation awaiting a strong man that will achieve its...

Lessons from Rayan and the Ukrainian well

Rayan the Moroccan boy changed the timelines of our days the last week. He took over our days and kept our eyes glued on our screens, stealing the limelight from all else but him. His fate seemed like...

Soleimani’s path or the Silk Road?

Iran’s President is set to visit Russia in a few days. Only a couple of days ago, Iran’s Foreign Minister had concluded a visit to China. Tehran seems to be more interested in furthering its “heading...

Mr. President is here to take revenge

Vladimir Putin addresses the United States in a tone that reflects his belief that its heydays are doomed to fade away. He is scheming to lay a very thorny trap in the Ukraine while demanding a very...

Vladimir the Great, and the Ukrainian arena

The recent developments are not just about the Ukraine itself, but they rather involve additional far-reaching and more dangerous dimensions. Russia feels obliged to settle its scores at the right...

China: The man in the grave and the man of the Renaissance

The Chinese phantom clearly worries the US and its officials, experts, and the architects of its future. For many American experts, the Chinese Communist Party is the new Soviet Union. The US is...

Al-Kadhimi… The man with a dream too big for Iraq

This time, fingers cannot point to the “remnants of the Saddam Hussein regime,” nor to ISIS, nor to “the Great Satan.” This is the work of those whom Muqtada al-Sadr calls “the forces of the non-state...

The Riyadh summits and the Green Middle East

The Riyadh summits do not concern the Kingdom alone. When a country with such economic, political, and religious impact witnesses such a comprehensive renaissance and deep modernization, the impact is...