World News Insights: Opinion Articles

In general, it is easy to use a "demographic bomb" to destroy fragile entities like Lebanon. Despite having been around for over 100 years now, the country lacks a national consensus and coherent identity to this day. Lebanon has no ceilings or walls to protect it from regional storms and upheaval…

Eyad Abu Shakra

Silicon Valley prides itself on disruption: Start-ups develop new technologies, upend existing markets and overtake incumbents. This cycle of creative destruction brought us the personal computer, the internet and the smartphone. But in recent years, a handful of incumbent tech companies have…

Mark Lemley and Matt Wansley

I avoid visiting the headquarters of the Arab League despite the bonds of friendship that ties me with its successive leaders during the current century. The journalist is a heavy guest given his profession. I think of the Arab League as a ship sailing in a turbulent sea of crises, challenges and…

Ghassan Charbel

Two phrases often repeated by international organizations today compete whenever Sudan is mentioned: "It is the world’s biggest humanitarian tragedy" and "It is one of the world’s biggest humanitarian tragedies." Over three months ago, when the horrific figures had not been as high as they are now,…

Hazem Saghieh

The unprecedented recent escalation on Lebanon's southern front comes amid domestic and international fears of the situation deteriorating further. Everyone is worried that an open-ended confrontation, which seems possible, or a full-scale war, which remains unlikely, could break out between Israel…

Mustafa Fahs

The results of last week’s European elections have prompted two reactions from political analysts in the old continent. One reaction could be described as the ostrich option, burying one’s head in the sand and praying that the storm will blow over. The other could be labeled apocalyptic pointing…

Amir Taheri

After the liberation of four hostages from the Nuseirat refugee camp gave him some breathing room, Netanyahu has gone back to making promises of total victory. Despite taking the lives of three hostages and the horrific massacre that killed 300 Palestinians, the operation to liberate the hostages…

Hanna Saleh

The results of the European elections are yet another indication of the difficulties of tying the global solidarity movement with Gaza to mainstream European societies. If Donald Trump becomes president in a few months, his victory would only reinforce those difficulties. Even the term “youths,”…

Hazem Saghieh

In our region, one cannot look at politics in isolation of individual actors. This is especially true for conflict zones, including Gaza. We cannot properly understand the current negotiation process and its outcomes without an adequate reading of the decision-makers of both the Palestine and…

Tariq Al-Homayed

Last week, a significant number of world leaders, mostly European, and with them US President Joe Biden, came together on the northern coast of France to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the historic Normandy landings. As history books have taught us, these landings marked the beginning of the end…

Eyad Abu Shakra

Once upon a time, a man named Saddam Hussein took a pivotal dangerous decision. He ordered his forces to invade Kuwait and he headed to Basra to oversee the operations. Throughout that day he did not reply to messages that urged him against hurtling towards the abyss. One of the people who worked…

Ghassan Charbel

The malaise in Britain’s corporate sector can be traced to policies and problems predating Conservative rule. But successive Tory administrations have been slow to stop the rot. The UK stock market should be beacon of prosperity. Instead, it has struggled to foster and retain high-growth companies…

Chris Hughes