King Salman of Saudi Arabia receives Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, at the Royal Saudi Palace in Riyadh on 28 February (AFP)

Saudi Arabia Attempts a Political Comeback in Lebanon

After months of keeping a low profile, following the unexpected resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his ambiguous stay in Riyadh in November, Saudi Arabia is attempting yet again to intervene in Lebanese politics. Longstanding relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia suffered a serious blow following Hariri's surprise resignation while in Riyadh in …

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The World Must Work to Peacefully De-nuclearise the “Israeli” Regime

Now that the DPRK, a former signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which later withdrew has agreed to a full de-nuclearisation process, it is time to focus on other nations that possess nuclear weapons that have yet to sign the NPT. Of all the world’s nuclear powers only “Israel”, India …

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Lebanon’s Mountains Are Being Destroyed

Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of tens of thousands of pine trees, the very shape of the landscape changed by more than 3,000 quarries which have ripped apart the geography of Lebanon and made a new map of its blessed and ancient land – …

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, and Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, 2018

Israel Threatened All Lebanese When It Equated Their State with Hezbollah

An Israeli security cabinet minister ominously wrote on Twitter that “Hezbollah=Lebanon” and promised that “The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory”. Education Minister Naftali Bennett was responding to Hezbollah’s impressive gains in the first …

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All Sides of the Complex Battle in the Middle East are Concerned

In the West, it’s easy to concentrate on each daily drama about the Middle East and forget the world in which the real people of the region live. The latest ravings of the American president on the Iran nuclear agreement – mercifully, at last, firmly opposed by the EU – obscure the lands of mass …

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Lebanon Elections: Hezbollah and Allies Gain a Parliamentary Majority

Lebanese parliamentary elections didn’t turn out the way Washington and Israel wanted. The May 6 general election was the first in nine years. Results were as follows: Hezbollah and its allies won a 67-seat majority of parliament’s 128 seats – equally divided between Muslims and Christians. The right-wing Christian Lebanese Forces was the biggest winner …

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Lebanon: a Powder Keg That Will Ignite a Wider Regional Conflict

On May 6, Lebanon will hold its first parliamentary election since 2009 to usher in a system of proportional representation. To be sure, it is a small country, but the event will have a very significant effect on the shape of the Middle East’s political and military landscape. Will there be a power shift? It’s …

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US Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on 14 April (AFP)

West’s Attack on Syria Offers No Balm for Netanyahu

Last Friday, the US, France and Britain attacked Syria’s chemical weapons facilities in response to an alleged regime attack on a rebel stronghold in Douma, which killed at least 40 civilians. The coordinated air assault was a major escalation in the conflict and the first joint Western military operation targeting the Assad regime in the …

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Trump-Netanyahu Meeting at White House to Discuss Multi-Front War in Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet U.S. President Donald J. Trump to discuss what has long been in the works, war. A war against Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon and eventually its main target, Iran. Another issue will be discussed is the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem (which in my mind will lead to the …

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