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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…

Ibrahim says kidnapped bishops’ case ‘complicated’

Story Summary   The case of the bishops kidnapped in Syria for almost a year is complicated, Maj. Ibrahim, who helped secure the release of the Maaloula nuns earlier this…

Angelina Jolie puts spotlight on Syrian refugees as U.N. Refugees chief warns Lebanon could collapse under burden

March 27, 2014 By Mick Krever, CNN Lebanon could collapse under the weight of the massive influx of Syrian refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres warned in an interview…

Qatar pays Syrian rebels £40m ransom to free nuns – or did it? It depends what rumours you believe

by Robert Fisk, The Independent     Oh, to be a Syrian conspiracy theorist in these days of civil war   Robert Fisk Damascus Tuesday 18 March 2014    …

Robert Fisk: Were it not for the French, Hezbollah would all be Syrians fighting on their own government’s side inside their own country And you thought the Middle East was a difficult place to understand. Try living here

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Al-Qaeda and ISIS fight over the jihadist future

Story Summary By Brian Michael Jenkins Faced with open defiance from the leader of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria and Iraq, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri publicly expelled the Islamic State of…

Lebanese parents encouraging children to move abroad

STORY SUMMARY February 25, 2014 12:22 By Brooke Anderson   Keeping kids close to home normally means peace of mind for parents. Not so these days in Lebanon, where increasingly frequent…

Why Salafist-takfiris should worry us

By Rami G. Khouri (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb) Several months ago when I wrote about the looming danger of the growing strength of Salafist-takfiri groups in Iraq and Syria,…

U.N. to offset refugee crisis by buying Lebanese

STORY SUMMARY The Industry Ministry in cooperation with U.N. agencies will advise Lebanese businesses on the procedures to participate in U.N. tenders to purchase goods for refugees, Sabounjian told The…

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

By Erich Follath SPIEGEL.DE Proceedings in the case of murdered ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are set to being in the Netherlands this week. The trial could cause further unrest…

Ariel Sharon: Peacemaker, hero… and butcher

He was respected in his eight years of near-death, with no sacrilegious cartoons to damage his reputation; and he will, be assured, receive the funeral of a hero and a…

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