I discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in relation to the media response, selective empathy, and the 'what-about-ery' reaction.
The bigger threat to Lebanese stability is the implosion of Syria, which long played a dominant, sometimes controlling, role in Lebanon. Hezbollah has directly intervened on the side of the Assad regime. The Shia movement's involvement risks bringing the conflict back to Lebanon, as did Hezbollah's costly 2006 war with Israel.
In rightfully and legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and for that matter the entire world) forgets that it is a country that selectively grieves all the time.
Yesterday's tragic events in Paris should be another urgent wake-up call that, whether we live in France or elsewhere, our world needs, and is worth, defending.
Herein lies the minority trap: the greater the punishment that Hezbollah and Assad inflict on the Sunni majority, the more they expose themselves and their supporters to violent retribution, which in turn drives the minority population further into their embrace. Neither the first Vienna summit on Syria negotiations nor the second one planned for this weekend appears to address the tragedy of these two minorities -- the Lebanese Shiites and the Syrian Alawites. Without a lifeline thrown from outside powers, the bond between hijacking despots and hijacked population will almost certainly grow tighter.
Recent developments confirm a major shift in the balance of power in the Middle East. It appears to me that Russia is dictating the pace of events, raising the question of whether Syria is becoming a proxy war between the United States and Russia.
Vladimir Putin is only nine years older than Barack Obama, yet they somehow are of a different generation. How could this be?
BEIRUT -- All the hoo-ha over Russia's Syrian military intervention probably stems from the sense that this initiative could mark the birth of something serious -- a non-Western coalition whose objective is precisely to preempt NATO-style regime change projects.
Washington, for all of its assurances that it has blocked every path to a nuclear Iran, has done little to block the pathway to a devastating regional conflict.
"No," Assad-loyalists would rush to say when asked if the current Russian military build-up in Syria can be considered an "invasion" or indeed, a new foreign "occupation" of Arab lands.
Imad Mughniyah, Chief of Hezbollah International Operations, was one of the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists and was sought by authorities in 42 other countries.
WASHINGTON--As one of the American citizens who was born in Israel and is well versed in Middle East affairs, my friend Raphael Benaroya has an intere...
There is a need for the opening up of society and social and labor reforms. Money alone can't solve all problems. Archaic laws and dominance of the clergy is another issue, especially in Saudi Arabia. This can't continue for long. Then there is the Syrian crisis.
My question to those who still believe in the Putin myth of infallibility is this: why did the Russian president recently decide on sending his armed forces to Syria to participate in that sad country's interminable and ever more bloody civil war?
The International Crisis Group's overconfidence in the Syrian regime's suicide not only encouraged the disastrous rejection of diplomacy that has helped prolong the Syria war. It also abdicated the main role for which peace, promotion, and conflict mitigation NGOs exist in the first place.
The U.S. government, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, has operated a foreign policy that is akin to the stereotype of a musclebound bodybuilder with very little upstairs.