Syria

The Great Migration

"The ultimate demographic impact on Europe of the present wave of migration is totally unpredictable"

End Syria’s War

‘Four years of Western inaction in Syria have contributed to the crisis in the Mediterranean. So has our ill-conceived intervention in Libya’

Who’s Afraid Of Barack Obama?

“While no longer accepting any special responsibility on the world stage, Obama pretends that we are all citizens together. Like Hamlet the President soliloquises; he does not act”

March on Syria

'Crumbling stones are nothing compared to the mangled bodies of Assad's victims. They are a good illustration, though, of the price of our impotence'

New Ottoman Empire?

‘Turkey’s decision to escalate tensions with Israel is an effort to reassert itself as the leader of a neo-Ottoman Empire’

Syria Business

'If size of impending catastrophe is a factor, why intervene in Benghazi but not in the Syrian cities of Hama, Homs or Latakia?'

Beirut: Blood on the Streets

‘Then the beating began. One of the new arrivals punched Christopher hard in the face. Two others grabbed his arm and started dragging him across the street. For the first time the Hitch looked scared’

‘If we do not act, we face a nuclear-armed Iran or a new Middle East confrontation’

Beirut: Hariri — An Assassination Too Far

‘Few opinion-shapers in the West feel outraged enough to condemn it, let alone grasp what is at stake in the Hariri tribunal’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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