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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 2 Sep, 2015

Opinion: The Return of the State

From Egypt to Lebanon and Iraq, we are seeing a resurgence in street mobilization. Each of the protest movements in these countries are calling for the state to once again fulfill its proper role, after people have suffered as a result of politicians’ attempts to turn these countries into “nation slums” ruled by militias who have created new forms of violence, terror, murder, and intimidation. In Iraq we are seeing anti-corruption protests on an almost weekly basis. The demonstrators ar...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Tuesday, 1 Sep, 2015

Opinion: Lebanon’s Hot Tin Roof

Some claim the street protests organized by civil society activists in the Lebanese capital Beirut point to the collapse of Lebanon’s political elite. Well, this isn’t exactly true since the Lebanese political elite collapsed and went bankrupt a long time ago. Thus, there was no need for a couple of hundred or thousand demonstrators—some frustrated and disappointed, others "shady" and under orders—to prove anything. Add to the above the fact that accumulating rubbish is neithe...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 30 Aug, 2015

Opinion: The True Face of the Iranian Regime

The Iranian regime’s bad reputation is not merely propaganda that has been fabricated against it ever since the revolution against the Shah—as it maintains. It is actually ...

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Salman Aldosary
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on : Saturday, 29 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Where are the other three Khobar Towers suspects?

All the 19 years he spent living in hiding and under assumed identities did not protect Ahmed Al-Mughassil from being eventually caught. Mughassil, who thought he had escaped from ...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 28 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, and Obama’s Illusions

Promoting the “deal” he claims he has made with Iran, President Barack Obama is trying to cast himself as heir to a tradition of “peace through negotiations” followed by US...

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Yousef Al-Dayni
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on : Thursday, 27 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Goodbye Heikal!

I wrote this article after I decided to free myself of the burden of fear that characterized many of the past attempts to criticize Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, the man who contribute...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Wednesday, 26 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Achieving Peace through Strength—A Good Lesson to Syria’s Revolt

Last Friday marked the second anniversary of the chemical weapons attacks perpetrated by the Syrian regime against the towns and villages of Eastern Ghouta near Syria’s capital, ...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Tuesday, 25 Aug, 2015

Opinion: France train attack could happen again if the world fails to tackle terrorism

There is no convincing explanation to turning a train, a coach or any civilian place crowded with people into a battlefield. While investigations into the motives and intentions of...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 23 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Fear of Falling Oil Revenues

A difficult financial phase is looming. Oil prices have fallen by more than half, and may continue to fall in future. However, this is not the first time Saudi Arabia has faced suc...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Saturday, 22 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Privacy in the Digital Age

“Mom, you cannot check my messages. I need my privacy, please!” Adam, my 10-year-old son, said to me while I was helping him sign up for a new e-mail address. I could not answe...

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