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Yes, Syria and Hezbollah Will Hit Israel if US Strikes

Published 09.09.2013
An official who spoke to me on the condition that neither his name or affiliation is published, says the decision to retaliate against Israel “has been taken at the highest levels within the Syrian state and Hezbollah.” Why attack Israel after a...

The Dirty Numbers Game in Syria

Published 22.02.2013
A trip to Syria last January piqued my interest in the ubiquitous Syrian death toll that accompanies most news items on the country. The overwhelming assumption about these casualty numbers is that they represent dead civilians killed by a...

Syrian Snapshot I: A View From the Capital

Published 25.01.2012
People pray next to the coffins of people killed in explosion in the Maidan district of Damascus on Friday, at al-Hasan mosque in Damascus (photo: SANA ) Crossing over the Lebanese border into Syria was anticlimactic. It was the second week of...

Stratfor Challenges Narratives on Syria

Published 20.12.2011
Since the first public protests broke out in Syria last March, the narratives about the Syrian crisis have stayed fairly true to the theme of all the Arab Revolts. An authoritarian ruler out to crush peaceful opposition to his regime opens fire...

Dubious Dealings: Syria and the Arab League

Published 06.12.2011
The ongoing diplomatic tug of war between Syria and the Arab League took an unexpected turn Monday with rumors of a potential breakthrough. A positive outcome would signal a major political - not procedural - change of heart at the Arab League,...

"Irhal Amreeka"

Published 02.09.2011
Note: The Arabic "Irhal," which means "Leave" or "Go away," is the most powerful slogan of the Arab Awakening that has emerged through much of the Middle East and North Africa since January 2011. It has been chanted against dictators in street...

"Pffft" Went the UN Tribunal in Lebanon

Published 06.07.2011
On Thursday, the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), a Security Council backed investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, delivered its first round of indictments against four suspects. Some had...

Israel’s “Faux” Golan Border

Published 13.06.2011
On Sunday (Editor's note: June 6, 2011), around 1,000 unarmed civilians marched to the ceasefire line between Syria and the Golan Heights to protest Israel's occupation of Arab lands following the 1967 war. Hours later, in the worst bloodshed...

On Our Way to Palestine...

Published 18.05.2011
Sunday marked the Nakba -- or day of "catastrophe" in Arabic -- referring to the 1948 declaration of Israel when more than 700,000 Palestinian civilians were made homeless overnight. In remembrance of the Nakba, last weekend thousands of...

Iranian 'feud': Much ado about nothing?

Published 15.05.2011
A public spat between Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the international headlines last week. Politics is rarely ever a harmonious business in any country, so why the brouhaha over...

Rats, Roaches and Shiites

Published 26.04.2011
I'm not arguing that Shiites have a lot in common with rodents and insects. But you wouldn't know it by watching Bahrainis and Saudis snuff them out with barely a peep from Western and majority-Sunni Arab nations, both. Shia-majority Iran, Iraq...

Three Mideast Stink Bombs

Published 11.04.2011
Popular revolts may be spinning through the Arab world with a fervor and determination not seen in decades, but efforts to sidetrack the reform momentum are also gaining strength. Three issues have plagued the region for decades and threaten to...

Getting in line for a revolution

Published 02.02.2011
What is interesting about the tsunamis of change cascading through the Middle East this past month is that the "dumb, undeserving-of-democracy" Arab masses have turned out to be magnificently saavy, efficient, focused and determined in flipping...

Kill the "Peace Game"

Published 10.01.2011
The Palestine-Israel conflict is no pesky regional skirmish. This century-long battle over territory threatens to draw the entire global community into its bowels if it is not dealt with soon, and the only way out of the current paralysis is to...

The New Middle East Narrative -- Is Washington in or Out?

Published 10.01.2011
Picking up a copy of the English-language Daily Star in Beirut this summer, I was struck by the lead story. A photo of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by his Arab counterparts, accompanied this huge headline: "Arab Nations...