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Against All Odds

Every Saturday, a group of women in Salamia, a city in western Syria, meet to discuss the events of the …

In the Land of Cedars

Thousands of images rush through my head when I think about living in Lebanon. It is incredible how fresh the …

Qaradawi’s Blunder

Last Friday evening, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the leading Sunni religious scholar, declared jihad on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces and Hezbollah. He …

The Stateless Statesmen

The vast majority of global debate over the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has focused on the rights …

Ring the Changes

Wedding bells are ringing out for change in Lebanon. On November 10, 2012, Kholoud Succariyeh and Nidal Darwish became the …

Explaining Iraq’s Agony

Few scholars have had a better view of the catastrophic car crash that is modern Iraq than the British academic …

Iran’s Broadcasting Feud

Twenty years ago—when I was only seven years old—Iranian television broadcasting was limited to two channels. I remember well how …

Sectarianism Intrudes

Sana’a witnessed a shocking and unprecedented event last month: on 24 November a sectarian bomb attack was carried out against …