Articles written by: Samir Atallah

Samir Atallah
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on : Thursday, 5 Mar, 2015

Opinion: Ban Ki-moon and King Salman

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said recently that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has managed to achieve in the first 10 days of his reign what no ruler could possibly achieve during their first 100. But for all their good intentions, Ban’s remarks include a small structural inaccuracy. In the West the president-elect is usually an outsider to the system, and therefore everything they do during their tenure counts as new. But King Salman has been part of the Sa...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Tuesday, 30 Dec, 2014

Opinion: A Farcical War

It takes years, or sometimes even decades, until we can judge whether the response to a major event has been correct or not. While we also know that sometimes a good decision can tip over to become a bad one, simply based on timing. US President Barack Obama’s delay in taking a quick stance against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has proven risky. When circumstances demand a quick decision, you must take it—you cannot wait and study the situation from all angles. This reminds ...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Saturday, 27 Dec, 2014

Opinion: On the Meanings of Influence

During his recent Arab tour Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani proudly stated that his country’s political influence extends from Lebanon and Syria to Iraq and Yemen. How...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Sunday, 27 Jul, 2014

Opinion: Kerry’s Political Dilemma

There can be no doubts about the intentions of US Secretary of State John Kerry. From his actions as head of the US State Department, it is clear that he is a well-intentioned man....

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Samir Atallah
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on : Wednesday, 28 May, 2014

Opinion: Farewell, Adly Mansour

Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour, who presently holds the highest constitutional power in the country, went to vote in the presidential elections on Monday as if he were any...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Friday, 16 May, 2014

Opinion: Post-Revolution Libya

During the 2011 uprisings against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule, demonstrators raised the tricolor flag of the monarchy. That flag somehow reassured the Libyan peo...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Saturday, 25 Jan, 2014

Opinion: Fake Peace Talks

Can anything be worse than brutally torturing 11,000 people to death and then releasing footage of their corpses? One might say that some of the recent comments made by the Iranian...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Wednesday, 1 Jan, 2014

Opinion: The Syrian tragedy and international double standards

The Syrian tragedy will eventually come to an end. No one can predict when, or the numbers of deaths, displaced, handicapped and psychologically damaged people it will leave in its...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Saturday, 28 Dec, 2013

Opinion: The scars of dictatorship are not just physical

I dislike reading history, but reading it is a necessary evil. I dislike it because it reminds me of the present rather than of the past. When you read how many times violence,...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Thursday, 19 Dec, 2013

Opinion: The Return of “Lebanonization”

Last month, renowned columnist Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed wondered whether the “Iraqization” of Lebanon has begun. “Iraqization” is the most recent word for describing what hap...

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