Award-winning freelance journalist and political commentator based in Beirut, Lebanon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diplomacy and governance is dying in Washington, London and Paris. In Lebanon, we were all late for the funeral.
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