Martin Jay

Award-winning freelance journalist and political commentator based in Beirut, Lebanon

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May 21, 2019
Has OPCW Become a Four-Letter Word?

It’s hard to not be shocked by the implications of the doctored report and harder to understand how biased and poor western newsrooms have become over reporting on the region

May 16, 2019
Is Trump Really Going to Go It Alone With His Iran Campaign?

Iran is serving as a useful distraction to Trump’s foreign policy failures in North Korea, China, Venezuela and the European Union. This is a US president who simply can’t negotiate effectively with other countries and world leaders.

May 10, 2019
The West Is in No Position to Lecture Turkey on Democracy or Human Rights

Why is the European Union, probably the most corrupt, anti-democratic, white supremacist, freemason, autocratic organization, is holding Turkey to account on its democracy score?

May 6, 2019
World Press Freedom Day Is a Joke in the Middle East as the West Continues to Destroy Journalism There

If you take the British and Canadian ambassadors farcical and shameful histrionics in Beirut and you can stop laughing for a moment, you see there on the stage the very diplomats who are doing their best to make sure real journalism can never take root in those countries.

May 1, 2019
The Increasingly Complicated Game of Libya Chequers Pitches Old Enemies Against One Another – Plus New Ones

Haftar’s failure to take Tripoli might be a relief to the Moroccan King who might unwittingly be at the centre of a solution to a proxy war unfolding.

April 22, 2019
Britain Has Gone to the Dogs. Assange, Brexit and Call-Centre Journalism from BBC All Symptoms of a Failed State

Britain, battered and lost, a nation defeated and drowning in its own effluent of self-deprecation and doubt, had little choice to do what is was told as a client state of the US.

April 17, 2019
Has US and UK Diplomacy Completely Died in the Middle East and Been Replaced by Parody?

The real story is how alarming numbers of ISIL fighters are re-emerging in Southern Syria due to US sanctions against Iran forcing Iranian guards to financial profiteer by offering them safe package there for hard cash.

April 12, 2019
Theresa May Is Never Going to Deliver Brexit. But That Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Happen

The European institutions ideally want to drag out the Brexit ambiguity as long as possible as the pressure for May – or whoever follows her – increases to do one of two things: either abandon Brexit altogether or call for a second referendum. 

March 30, 2019
Lebanon’s Anti-Graft Drive Is Entirely Fake as Political Groups Fight Hezbollah over the Scraps

Hezbollah’s anti-corruption drum beat is driven by US sanctions against Iran, forcing the Lebanese Shiite group to be more creative in how it extracts valuable dollars from the system.

March 15, 2019
Trump’s Confused Middle East Foibles Are Actually Pushing Assad and Erdogan into each other’s arms

An Assad-Erdogan pact could spark a crisis within NATO as Trump’s refusal to stop arming Kurdish factions in northern Syria is likely to reach a tipping point between Ankara and Washington.