Category Archives: Syria

Behind Saudi Arabia’s execution spree

The execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr for terrorism in Saudi Arabia has sparked outrage across the Middle East and threatens to escalate to a regional sectarian Sunni-Shiite war raising global security concerns. Saudi Arabia’s decision came as a surprise. … Continue reading

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A deal that benefits Hezbollah

Scores of Syrian rebel fighters were evacuated from the besieged village of Zabadani, in the vicinity of the Syrian border with Lebanon, to be swapped for 300 families of Shiites besieged since September by rebels in two Idlib villages. The … Continue reading

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The moving labyrinth of Middle Eastern foreign policy: Turkey and Saudi Arabia

The Turkish government has recently made several moves that indicate a desire to warm its relations with Saudi Arabia, among which was the Turkish president’s presence at Saudi King Abdallah’s funeral. Some Syrian opposition members are supportive of these moves. Analysts acknowledge that Turkey dances on a shoestring when it comes to its foreign policy, though others don’t see in these efforts a necessary change in the relationship between Riyadh and Ankara. Continue reading

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Syria’s nuclear powers

This is an ongoing investigation of mine. It’s an interesting file at the IAEA, open after the 2007 Israeli bombing of Al Kibar alleged nuclear reactor. It’s a very long story, but its’ worth reading. The Syrian nuclear file comes back in the media attention usually when Iran and the P5+1 are close to an agreement. But there was never solid proof to incriminate Syria. Continue reading

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Sunni-Shia conflict in Lebanon: deterrence, stalemate and escalation

The Sunnis of Tariq el Jdideh did not go out last night to shoot randomly at Amal Movement and Hezbollah offices because they were angry about Wissam al Hassan’s assassination. It’s pure theory: There is deterrence. An armed force so … Continue reading

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“Haram Lebanon, it was beautiful once”

I didn’t go to Martyrs Square till later in the afternoon. I decided to go to Ashrafieh to see what happened to the people who were affected by the explosion. I did not expect to find them in Martyrs Square … Continue reading

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Terror attack in Beirut

We heard a big boom yesterday coming from Ashrafieh, a neighborhood where most of us live. It took 5 minutes to figure out it had been in Sassine or close by and my editor had tears in her eyes. Her … Continue reading

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