Articles written by: Samir Atallah

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 foreign ministry’s spokesman are much worse. She said that releasing footage of the dead on the eve of the Geneva II conference was suspicious. In other words, it was not the footage itself, but the timing of its release that was suspicious. One might also argue that the Russian position is even worse, particularly ...

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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 wake. Historians and analysts will then join efforts and produce books and novels to fill library shelves. The stories will include details on the lamentation of mothers and the crying of children. No single person will be identified as being solely responsible for the tragedy. They are all partners in crime, and the...

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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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Samir Atallah
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on : Thursday, 17 Oct, 2013

Opinion: Satire is dead…again

I don’t know about you, but I personally feel relieved, if not ecstatic. There have been two huge, unmatched international events: First, the acceptance of the Syrian regime of t...

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Samir Atallah
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on : Sunday, 15 Sep, 2013

Opinion: Defining “Sultan” and “Emperor”

Two transformations that had a direct impact on the Arab world took place concurrently during the last century. First, Turkey revived its interest in Arab affairs, seeking to estab...

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