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Martin Jay
Martin Jay

Martin Jay is a Beirut based journalist who in 2016 won the highest press award given by the United Nations for his reporting on Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In Beirut he has worked on a freelance basis for Al Jazeera, DW, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Mail on Line, The National and regularly appears on TV commentating on geopolitics. He can be followed at @MartinRJay.

Lebanon’s rural wild awaits return of the rich Arab tourist

“Before the Syrian war, hotels like mine were even booked to full capacity”. Recalls Wadih Kanaan, owner of the Aquariam Hotel in Jounieh – a coastal resort once a hotspot of both...

Are western strikes a message to Putin, not Assad?

“Half-baked” could be a phrase one might coin while analysing the western airstrikes on Assad’s weapon facilities, which are believed to be linked to the regime’s alleged...

ISIS comeback? How US withdrawal is a triple whammy for Assad in Syria

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” is disquieting adage surely about to prove its validity in the coming months as President Trump announces plans to pull out...

GCC should now lobby US over Turkey’s Red Sea military ambitions

How long will Trump’s patience hold out with Turkey particularly with the appointment of John Bolton who is clearly not a fan of President Recep Erdogan? Until now, GCC states, as well as Iraq...

What if Pompeo’s appointment is also about EU, not just Iran?

Trump may now have unshackled himself from Rex Tillerson but few in this part of the world were concerned with the foibles of his decision. Most, however, noticed saw how Qatar will soon be in the...

Free speech in Lebanon: Is it all down to Hezbollah?

Talk show hosts, comedians, journalists and even poets are now being charged by Lebanon’s autocratic Hezbollah-led government, since Michel Aoun took office as president in October 2016, for...