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Israel commands, US obeys

In one of the more bizarre and immature displays of dysfunctional diplomacy in recent years, Washington has again refused to assist in funding Unesco. The reason for this petulant playground behaviour is that in 2011 Unesco accepted…

The Murder Of Yasser Arafat

In 2004, shortly after the mysterious death of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, I wrote a column stating my strong belief that he had been murdered by poison. I recalled Stalin’s favourite line, ‘no man, no problem’. Poison had been a favourite…

The Real Threat To Peace

There you go again, Netanyahu. At the United Nations and on several TV shows during his visit to the US Netanyahu has been repeating his mantra: Iran is an existential threat to Israel and Israel is ready to attack it alone if Iran…

Sectarian Strife

This is in continuation of last week’s article. The question that immediately springs to mind is: why has a country, founded on such noble principles, come to such a pitiable state? The answer has two aspects to it; the one simple, the…

Smiles Trump scowls In Iran Picture

THE first direct conversation in more than 30 years between the Iranian and American heads of state ended with the words `Have a nice day, Mr President` and `Khoda Hafiz`, uttered respectively by Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama. They were…

Irresistible Iran

Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has lost no time in trying to end the 34-year-old political and economic siege imposed on his nation by the US and its allies. President Obama, having just been wrong-footed over Syria, now…

Syria: A Chance For Honest Diplomacy

It’s an irony of history that an adversary can sometimes rescue you from trouble better than a friend. So when Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov proposed that the US should defer its planned military attack on Syria if Damascus…

Islam’s Ground Zero

It is time now to say what has never been said this explicitly: the Shia-Sunni divide in Islam is its unquestioned soft underbelly. And Syria, in its current manifestation, is the most unfortunate exhibit of this. It has mostly been a case…