Opinion | Columnists

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    Friday Nov 7

    Aid efforts can make a difference

    There is cause for tentative optimism over restricting the number of new Ebola cases at the new treatment centres in Liberia

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    Friday Nov 7

    Chips off the same block of steel

    Like Colin Powell, and most black Americans, President Obama has never been too liberal or conservative

  • story 3
    Thursday Nov 6

    The road to the White House remains long

    In two years’ time the boot will be on the other foot: the Senate races will overwhelmingly favour Democrats

  • story 4
    Thursday Nov 6

    Lebanese sectarian fault lines sharpen

    If this situation can be turned around and policies become fairer, then that would be a plus for the Lebanese state, government and the army. And provide a semblance, however tenuous, of national unity

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    Thursday Nov 6

    Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck

    Gaza’s isolation and powerlessness continue to compound and reinforce every symptom. So, too, does an experience of unprecedented Israeli aggression

  • story 6
    Thursday Nov 6

    Reassessing the US withdrawal timeline in Afghanistan

    The drawdown from Afghanistan has begun, with US and international troops sticking to the timetable despite requests for a longer deployment from President Gani’s government.

  • story 7
    Thursday Nov 6

    Penguins offer US a lesson in addressing climate change

    If a government cannot feed its people, provide clean water or respond to a massive natural disaster, it will be easier for radical leaders to find recruits

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    Thursday Nov 6

    How social media helps Daesh spread its poison

    Preventing criminal outfits from exploiting the internet is feasible if intelligence agencies are able to track their location

  • story 9
    Wednesday Nov 5

    How to save the Syrian Revolution

    The Syrian National Council’s representatives ought to end their existing differences and settle for a permanent president

  • Wednesday Nov 5

    Israel encroaching upon Arab world

    The current situation in occupied Jerusalem and ongoing Israeli desecrations of Al Haram Al Sharif were the focus of newspapers across the Middle East

  • Wednesday Nov 5

    Tunisia’s successful turnaround

    What was disappointing about Gannoushi was that his government failed to tackle the economic, social and judicial problems facing the country

  • Wednesday Nov 5

    Towards scientific ascendancy

    UAE’s mission to send a spacecraft to Mars, with the hopes of a nation, is undoubtedly grandiose

  • Wednesday Nov 5

    India-Indonesia ties hold key to Indo-Pacific security

    Experts feel that New Delhi’s relationship with Jakarta has not reached even half its potential and that is something Modi should think about

  • Wednesday Nov 5

    Cracks in the Brics start to show

    The fact that all five countries struggle with domestic corruption points to their common difficulty in building solid domestic institutions

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    Wednesday Nov 5

    A half-hearted US war in Middle East

    When marketing a new product or running for political office, cheapness seldom offers a recipe for success. In war, that truism applies in spades

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    Wednesday Nov 5

    Syria and Iraq face decades of war and slaughter

    New PM’s cabinet is unlikely to come up with an inclusive option, so a three-way split in Iraq is more likely

  • story 17
    Wednesday Nov 5

    Republican win isn’t as big as you might think

    GOP is likely to be a dysfunctional caucus and even if it does come up with something unpalatable to Democrats, Obama still holds a veto

  • story 18
    Tuesday Nov 4

    Merkel has exposed Cameron’s failing

    The British prime minister suffers from an inability to ‘read’ foreigners — 
and it could lead to his country leaving the European Union

  • story 19
    Tuesday Nov 4

    Why Ed Miliband is looking for salvation

    The Labour leader desperately needs Murphy to revive the demoralised party in Scotland and shore up his chances of becoming the next PM

  • story 20
    Tuesday Nov 4

    What Obama can learn from Bush

    The president runs the most centralised administration in memory. Yet his ability to shape events in Washington and beyond is severely limited by his reluctance to delegate authority

  • story 21
    Tuesday Nov 4

    Aleppo is the last stand for democratic Syria

    It is the martyred centre of resistance to Al Assad, having been under bombardment by his forces since 2012

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    Tuesday Nov 4

    North Korea’s nuclear shadow

    Pyongyang’s refusal to acknowledge its 2005 commitment to abandon its nuclear programme effectively renders any prospective dialogue meaningless

  • story 23
    Tuesday Nov 4

    Poverty has bred resentment in Sinai

    When Sinai was finally freed 22 years ago, there was much hope. But people are now angry, and they have every right to feel that way

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    Tuesday Nov 4

    Israel fine-tunes the colony game

    Even if the Palestinian National Authority finds the nine Security Council members it needs to pass a resolution, the US will either veto it or water down the language to preserve Israeli impunity

  • Tuesday Nov 4

    Back on the road in my vintage car

    In Dubai, people drive new cars because they cannot afford to look like they cannot afford a new car.