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David Hearst
David Hearst is Editor of Middle East Eye, a website which brings a fresh vision to the region. He was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent, and Ireland Correspondent. He joined The Guardian, from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent.

Entries by David Hearst

Sisi's Egypt Pushes Migrants Into the Sea

(21) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 4:53 PM

Europe wept crocodile tears over the mass grave that the Mediterranean has become. Reactions ranged from a begrudging acknowledgment from British officials that they got the consequences of Nato's military intervention in Libya wrong, to calls for another one. Few have shown any sign that they will treat...

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Stakes for Saudis are High in Yemen

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 7:27 PM

Saudi Arabia faces a critical juncture in its air campaign against the Houthis in Yemen. There have been gains. The Houthis have been pushed back in Marib by tribal forces in the North and from areas of central Aden in the south. Their coalition with army units loyal...

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Has Iran Overreached Itself in Yemen?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 10:53 AM

When the Saudi ambassador in Washington announced the launching of airstrikes and a military intervention in Yemen on Wednesday night, the kingdom surprised everyone -- not least Iran.

Conventional wisdom was that Riyadh had dithered and left things until too late. The Houthis and elements of the army loyal to...

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Bibi, Buji Both Want Israel to Keep It All

(81) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 11:54 AM

There are five states of Israel, only two of which are going to the polls today. There is the Jewish state, which is a democracy for its Jewish citizens only. These voters are unsentimental about their political leaders and prepared to topple or even jail them.


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Sisi Tapes Are Genuine, British Forensic Lab Finds

(13) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:10 PM

On Sunday night Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took to the air to proclaim his innocence. Stung by the publication of secretly recorded conversations in which the Egyptian president and his senior staff revealed their contempt for their Gulf donors, discussing how to tap them for billions more and how...

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Frantic Intrigue of King Abdullah's Last Hours

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 2:10 PM

King Abdullah's death was triggered by massive internal bleeding and not by pneumonia, informed Saudi sources have told me. The collapse in his health, which happened on December 31 last year, prevented the King from carrying out a plan to remove his half brother Salman from the position of crown...

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The Many Faces of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is an actor of some talent. To the revolutionary leaders in Tahrir Square, and to the youth leaders he met, he was the general who told them the army was on their side. To Egypt's first democratically elected president, he was the religiously observant officer, whose hands...

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The Judgment of History on Oslo

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 11:56 AM

However low Netanyahu's relationship with the White House sinks -- and as Barak Ravid, the Haaretz writer, tweeted, and as two Israeli diplomats retweeted, the Israeli premier always manages to take it even lower -- it is as certain as night follows day that both sides will be...

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The Slaying of the Saudi Spider

(78) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 7:54 AM

The palace coup is complete. In a far-reaching decree on Thursday night, the new Saudi king Salman unraveled the legacy of his half-brother Abdullah and set the kingdom on course for a significant regional realignment. A possible rapprochement with Turkey and Qatar, a return to the traditional role Saudi Arabia...

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A Saudi Palace Coup

(110) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 8:35 AM

King Abdullah's writ lasted all of 12 hours. Within that period the Sudairis, a rich and politically powerful clan within the House of Saud, which had been weakened by the late king, burst back into prominence. They produced a palace coup in all but name.

Salman moved swiftly to undo...

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History Did Not Start in Paris on Sunday

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:41 AM

A nation in trauma struggles to invest meaning in a national tragedy. The number of coffins demand it, but numbers alone can not do it. Upwards of 4 million people came out onto the streets of France to answer it, and the question still remains unanswered. What were the deaths...

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Keeping the Palesinian State a Virtual Reality

(42) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 8:20 AM

Imagine for a moment that a Palestinian State did exist in the tunnels, and cuttings, and behind the walls and in the pockets of a land that lies between the settlement blocks and roads which Israel is allowed to keep.

For over 20 years, we have been told that there...

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The Alice in Wonderland World of the UN Veto

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 6:31 PM

The New Year will dawn on another U.S. veto at the UN security council -- although, to its credit, not a French one. This ritual has become a fitting symbol of Washington's loosening grip over the Middle East. It reveals power strong enough to interdict, but too weak to build...

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The Saudi King Who Fought the Wrong Wars

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:07 PM

There is one man for whom Hosni Mubarak's acquittal will come as welcome relief: his friend and fellow potentate King Abdullah. Such was the Saudi King's anxiety about Mubarak that he has nudged the Egyptian military to be more active on the former dictator's behalf.

Abdullah hinted several times that...

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The Battle for Jerusalem

(11) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 3:45 PM

To be a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem is to suffer from a special form of statelessness. They are citizens neither of Israel nor of Palestine. They cannot vote. They have no official passports and cannot freely cross borders.

They have the right to residency in Jerusalem, but it...

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Sisi Can Stall But Can Not Hide His Crimes

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Listen to what this Egyptian general said about the dangers of counter-insurgency in the Sinai peninsula.

"I'm sure you can imagine that as an army officer I could come to Rafah and Sheikh Zwayyid, laying siege to them, removing the inhabitants and bombing the buildings there? Is it a problem...
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Defeat Could Turn Out an Advantage for Tunisia's Islamists

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Tunisia is a small country with a big audience. The process of electing a parliament and a president matters, not only because it keeps the democratic process alive, but also for the signals it sends the rest of the Arab world. Tunisia, the cradle of the revolution, keeps on setting...

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Blowback in Yemen: Houthi Advance Is a Saudi Nightmare

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Nothing illustrates the free-wheeling chaos of the Middle East better than what is going on in Yemen.

A small Iranian-backed North Yemeni militia, modeled on Hezbollah and from an offshoot of Shia Islam, has walked into the capital Sanaa, taken over Hodeida, Yemen's main port on the Red Sea, and...

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The Brakes Come Off in British Parliament's Vote on Palestinian Statehood

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:42 PM

At some point in the process that led to the end of the conflict in Northern Ireland, there was an audible snap, a break in the link between the mother ship, the British government, and Protestant Unionism which considers itself the last outpost of the British Crown on the island...

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A Historic Vote on Palestine in the British Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Israel is losing the battle for public opinion in Britain. Few are in a better position to chart the draining of support than the Israeli ambassador to Britain. Daniel Taub was born and educated here and has only to compare the benign views about Israel of his youth...

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