The Future of the Levant
Opinion

The Future of the Levant

Over the past century, the United Kingdom and then the United States have successively courted all states and faith groups in the Middle East. They have fuelled confessional conflicts in such a way as to make themselves indispensable, according to the old principle of “Divide and conquer”. President Trump was elected three years ago with…

The US & The Armenian ‘Genocide’: Doing the ‘Right’ Thing for the ‘Wrong’ Reasons
Opinion

The US & The Armenian ‘Genocide’: Doing the ‘Right’ Thing for the ‘Wrong’ Reasons

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to recognize the deaths of many Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I as “genocide”, but for as much as this move has been praised by its proponents as the “right” thing to do, it was undertaken for the complete opposite of “altruistic” reasons and “historical…

The Lebanese ‘Canary in the Mine’ Is Signalling Mid-East Trouble Ahead
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The Lebanese ‘Canary in the Mine’ Is Signalling Mid-East Trouble Ahead

There have been protests (mostly pointing up economic stress) across the region for some months: from Egypt to Iraq. But the Lebanese demonstrations have caught the global attention. And there is no doubting that the Lebanese protests represent a major phenomenon. We may ask whether they are essentially a local manifestation, reflecting only the well-attested…