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The Afghan Elephant in the Syrian Room

The Afghan Elephant in the Syrian Room

Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon are awaiting a written waiver from the Joe Biden administration exempting the passage of “Arab gas” through Syrian territories from the Caesar Act sanctions. These countries wanted written pledges, rather than oral ones, in wake of the fallout of the US withdrawal from A

Spoons Become a New Symbol of Palestinian 'Freedom'

Spoons Become a New Symbol of Palestinian 'Freedom'

The humble spoon has taken its place alongside traditional flags and banners as a Palestinian resistance symbol, after prisoners were said to have carried out one of Israel's most spectacular jail breaks with the utensil. When the six Palestinian fighters escaped through a tunnel on September 6 f

Lebanese Cancer Patients Face Frantic Search for Medication

Saydi Mubarak and her mother share a bond that goes beyond a close mother-daughter relationship: They were both diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and underwent months of chemotherapy at a Beirut hospital, together facing the anxiety, the hair loss and the uncertainty for the future. Now the

Hurricane Ida Power Failures Prompt Calls for More Solar Energy, Tougher Grids

Hurricane Ida Power Failures Prompt Calls for More Solar Energy, Tougher Grids

Hurricane Ida power failures prompt calls for more solar energy, tougher grids Jenel Hazlett, 61, had a choice to make with Hurricane Ida bearing down on New Orleans: stay in the city and hope for the best, or evacuate with her small “zoo” of animals in tow. In the end Hazlett stayed put - and on

Lebanon’s Tammam Salam Recalls Premiership Difficulties: Aoun’s Party Acted Like Political Militia

Lebanon’s Tammam Salam Recalls Premiership Difficulties: Aoun’s Party Acted Like Political Militia

A new book by Journalist Abdul-Sattar Ellaz, to be published soon by Dar Riyad Al-Rayes for Books and Publishing, recounts the details of the difficult period during which Tammam Salam assumed the premiership of the Lebanese government - the last under the tenure of President Michel Suleiman and whi

What’s at Stake in the 2015 Paris Attacks Trial?

What’s at Stake in the 2015 Paris Attacks Trial?

France is putting on trial 20 men accused in the ISIS group’s 2015 attacks on Paris that left 130 people dead and hundreds injured.

As its Rivers Shrink, Iraq Thirsts for Regional Cooperation

As its Rivers Shrink, Iraq Thirsts for Regional Cooperation

"Where we are standing right now, there should be a river," says Nabil Musa, gesturing at a dried-up riverbed in northern Iraq. For the environmental activist, the reason the once swirling Sirwan river has dwindled to a trickle lies across the border in Iran, which he says is "controlling all" of

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