Martin Jay

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

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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Has US and UK Diplomacy Completely Died in the Middle East and Been Replaced by Parody?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.

March 6, 2019
Douma Chemicals Attack: Is Western Media Bias Actually Enflaming the Syria War?

Given that the OPCW report released this week fails categorically to finger the Assad regime for the attacks, a rational response from Britain, France and the US would have been to apologize.

March 2, 2019
Trump Move on US Troops in Syria Does Not Bode Well for US-Turkey Relations

Both Ankara’s decision to stick to its plans to buy Russian weapon systems and Washington’s proximity to Israel are about to reach fever pitch for Turkey which the West identifies as its new threat in the region.

February 8, 2019
Hopes Fade for EU to Rescue Iran Via Banking Scheme to Bypass Sanctions – but Was It Ever a Serious Plan?

If Brussels can’t deliver on Iran’s rescue package, then it won’t matter if far right parties dominate the European parliament, signaling the demise once and for all, of the EU as we know it.

January 18, 2019
Lebanon’s Political Deadlock Is as Much About a Failure of EU Diplomacy as It Is About Corruption Amongst Its Elite

Diplomacy and governance is dying in Washington, London and Paris. In Lebanon, we were all late for the funeral.

January 1, 2019
How the Melting Pot of Truth and Disinformation Became One. There Is no Such Thing as Fake News

Clickbait is the new religion in a morally bankrupt newsroom where truth is a parenthesis, sometimes an obstacle, to a great headline.