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Iran’s Jaw-Dropping Hypocrisy on Qatar Crisis

Iran’s Jaw-Dropping Hypocrisy on Qatar Crisis

There is a famous saying that “in politics, there is neither a lasting friendship nor a permanent enmity, but rather a permanent interest.” It is true. The most successful policies are the most realistic ones, in which pragmatism trumps principles. Take the US,...
Iran’s Nuclear Deal Is Two Years Old

Iran’s Nuclear Deal Is Two Years Old

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last” (Winston Churchill) Marking two years since Iran’s nuclear deal (JCPOA), we would be badly mistaken if we assumed that the ‘architects’ of Barack Obama’s policy of handing over the keys of the...
History’s Suicide and Geography’s Disintegration

History’s Suicide and Geography’s Disintegration

The last hours were significant, highly revealing and had long-term effects. From Hamburg we heard, for the first time, of US-Russian “common understanding” on Syria. From Baghdad came the good news about the “liberation” of Mosul, and from Lebanon we heard how eager...
It Is Southern Syria, Smart Guys!

It Is Southern Syria, Smart Guys!

Waiting for Washington’s position towards old nationalist Kurdish aspirations, at least in Northern Syria, more interest is silently being accorded to what may be the most serious flashpoint in the Near East today. It is Southern Syria. Recently, Asharq Al-Awsat...