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