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When it comes to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, us pessimists get a lot of flak from those wearing rose-tinted glasses, as if we are being negative for the sake of it. We would like nothing more...Military rule returns to Egypt
Events in the last week have confirmed fears about where Egypt is heading since the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi on July 3. Those who still deny that the country is under military rule are...Egypt: hating the message, shooting the messenger
Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Al Arabiya in which I condemned deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s crackdown on his media critics. Unfortunately, violations and censorship have...Palestine: No prime minister? No big deal
It was a saga typical of the Palestinian Authority. In June, Rami Hamdallah submitted his resignation as prime minister - just two weeks after taking up the post - due to an undisclosed “dispute...S-300 missiles: Why the fuss?
Given all the Russian-supplied weaponry that Bashar al-Assad has been unleashing on Syrian civilians for more than two years now, the uproar surrounding Moscow’s sale, confirmed last week, of...Misrepresenting the U.N. vote on Syria
Last week, the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Syrian regime’s “widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”...Iraq’s media crackdown: hypocrisy and futility
A freer media was one of the few tangible benefits that proponents of the invasion of Iraq could subsequently cite to justify their stance (as if the price paid by Iraqis was worth it). However, media...