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Book review: The Politics of Empire. The US, Israel and the Middle East

By Dr. Ludwig Watzal Global Research, October 20, 2014 Review of James Petras’ Book published by Clarity Books The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people…

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? – Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah

by Robert Fisk, The Independent   He’s offered to do a deal with Isis. No, not David Cameron. Not Obama, of course. I’m talking about Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader.…

PERSPECTIVE – A Storm in the House: the Middle East in the vicious circle

Added by Mehssen Macary on 23 septembre 2014. The huge area of dry grasslands and rich fertile river plains, with many different types of climate and landscape, the Middle East…

Remembering Sabra and Shatila: 32 years on, how much has changed?

32 years ago today, the first media reports began to emerge of an atrocity carried out in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians had been slaughtered…

Rai: Israel seeks regional divisions to justify presence

The Daily Star BEIRUT: The conspiracy to divide the Middle East into sectarian states is still alive, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Saturday, saying it was being used to justify Israel’s presence as a…

Why defeating the Islamic State is necessary

Summary by Charles Krauthammer, The Daily Star Baghdad called President Barack Obama’s bluff and he came through. With the support of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the…

The Middle East really has very few moderates

Fareed Zakaria| The Daily Star Hillary Clinton was expressing what has become Washington’s new conventional wisdom when she implied, in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, “moderates” might…

Arabs face a deep crisis of statehood

by Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, Lebanon Summary The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated…

The US, IS and the conspiracy theory sweeping Lebanon

Is America behind the creation of the Islamic State? The BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour, in Beirut, looks at the latest conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Lebanon. “In the Middle East,…

Isis brings its war to Lebanon – and it could be key to a masterplan

After all the warnings and all the clichés about a war that would “spill” over Syria’s border, the savage fighters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Sunni Muslim “caliphate” have at last…

How our region is preparing for suicide

Summary It was obvious several years ago, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iran’s president and the Islamic Republic was expanding its power in Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian areas and Yemen, that…

Bishop Matar calls for inter-Islamic dialogue

The Daily Star BEIRUT: Maronite Bishop of Beirut Boulos Matar called Sunday for dialogue between different Muslim religious groups to end the “purposeless” struggle, stressing that Lebanon was the best…

The principle of survival defines the Middle East

SUMMARY: by Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Lebanon There is no single thread that explains the turbulent Middle East today, no single map being redrawn, no one dominant force…

Mideastern stability requires a new security consensus

June 19, 2014 12:11 AM By David Ignatius The Daily Star STORY SUMMARY Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively…

Two-pronged messages

A good part of the Greater Beirut area was paralyzed Wednesday when Syrian nationals streamed to their embassy to vote in their country’s presidential election. While the day’s events were…

Beirut roads paralyzed by Syrian voters headed to polls

STORY SUMMARY Thousands of mostly pro-Assad supporters flocked to the Syrian Embassy Wednesday to cast ballots in the presidential elections, causing suffocating traffic jams around Beirut. The embassy opened its…

Syria neighbours want more from world to handle refugee burden

by Khetam Malkawi | May 04, 2014 | ZAATARI — Neighbours of Syria on Sunday called on the international community to help hosts of Syrian refugees shoulder the humanitarian burden…

Syria’s refugees impose troubling political choices

May 01, 2014 12:10 AM By David Ignatius The Daily Star STORY SUMMARY Ask Yousef Bargash when he might go home to his village of Mahaja in southern Syria and…

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