Articles written by: Samir Atallah

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 other Egyptian citizen. Elsewhere, many are calling for Egyptians to boycott the presidential polls which have been extended for a third day on Wednesday, not least Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi from Qatar. He famously described these elections as a “crime” and an “injustice,” saying that this represents the end of...

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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 people—not because they wanted the monarchy to return, but because the flag symbolized the national unity experienced under King Idris Al-Senussi. Ever since the flamboyant Gaddafi fell from power, the world has been waiting for Libya to stabilize. Last week, Libya’s interior minister threatened to “unleash” a ...

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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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Samir Atallah
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on : Wednesday, 11 Dec, 2013

Opinion: Shifting Sands of Faith

During his recent visit to the Vatican, a photo was taken of Russian President Vladimir Putin bowing before and then kissing an icon of the Virgin Mary while standing next to Pope ...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Sunday, 17 Nov, 2013

Opinion: Twenty-Five Years of Al-Hayat

Al-Hayat newspaper celebrated twenty-five years since the publication of its first edition from London yesterday. This is truly a suitable occasion to express congratulations, and ...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Monday, 11 Nov, 2013

Opinion: Tangiers, the Home of Novelists and the Unwanted

The city of Tangiers was built on its writers and its port. I am almost tempted to say that it was also built on poverty, cheap commodities and the Bohemian life of its expatriate ...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Monday, 21 Oct, 2013

Opinion: The Security Council and the Fate of the Syrian Nation

The Arabs have had a long and tragic history with the Security Council, a body that has never protected them. During its deliberations, Arab causes have often fallen victims to the...

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