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Over the last decade, anti-Americanism has become widespread and reached its peak in the Arab world. The United States’ support for Israel and the Saudi regime, its army’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as its unilateralism, have fuelled hatred of America to unprecedented levels. To be sure, there were a few American foreign… » read more

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Assad family’s Syria has been credited by an Arab expert, wrongly I believe, with being the political model emulated by the likes of Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein or Ali Saleh. The same expert calls the Arab countries led by presidents-for-life and by their offspring “monarchic republics”. Whilst the label is appropriate, the political model for… » read more

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UN Resolution no.1973 authorising the humanitarian intervention in Libya could rightly be considered as one of the Security Council’s most important decisions to date. It came at a crucial moment in the multilateral organisation’s history, when the UN’s very existence was threatened by US unilateralism, as advocated by a cohort of American IR experts led… » read more

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Predictably enough, the Gaddafi father and son team is blaming everyone for Libya’s popular uprising, from Al Qaeda to Western television networks. To make matters worse, Mrs Clinton’s background noise, unhelpful and especially unwise, is actually fanning the crisis. Her counter-performance over the past few months is a painful reminder of rapidly vanishing US leadership… » read more

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Egypt: Ex Oriente Lux

After almost one week of tribulations, the European Commission has officially announced that it will put together aid packages to help smooth Tunisia’s and Egypt’s transition to democracy. The United States and Israel are still claiming that sticking with the “devil you know” could prove a better option, in spite of evidence to the contrary… » read more

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You know one dictator,…

In her memoirs written after the Romanian revolution, Barbara Bush recalls an official visit to Bucharest to see Nicolae Ceausescu in the summer of 1989. On that occasion, President George Bush Sr tried to save Ceausescu’s hide by advising him to step down. Ceausescu shouted back so loudly that presidential guards had to be removed… » read more

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At the start of his presidency, Barack Obama spoke about his administration’s intentions to mend fences with the Islamic world. In hindsight, we might be forgiven to think that he meant Kenya’s Islamic community and not the Arab one. The plight of Arabs living in US-backed authoritarian states does not seem to get the same… » read more

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Make or break-year for G20

Cleaning up the debris of the 2007-2008 Great Recession is not a job for the fainthearted. It’s enough to look around us to realise that the task is herculean, as it involves efforts similar to cleaning Augias’ stables. Dealing with toxic assets, implementing harsh and unpopular austerity measures, avoiding currency and trade wars and increasing… » read more

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In an increasingly interconnected world, it has unfortunately become fashionable to assign blame for political upheavals, riots and rebellions on the electronic media, on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or even on their older sibling, the cable television networks. To be sure, never in the past has information flown so freely across swaths of… » read more

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