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Hezbollah and the people will have to negotiate a new Lebanon

The Beirut blast will likely usher Lebanon into a new political age Al Jazeera Rami G Khouri The Beirut port explosion is likely to go down in history as a turning point in Lebanon’s political configuration. The blast, which killed more than 200 people, injured more than 6,000 and destroyed …

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What the new Iran-China partnership means for the region

This new realignment in Asia provides new opportunities not only for China and Iran, but also for Pakistan Al Jazeera Abdul Basit In early July, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that Tehran is close to entering into a long-term strategic partnership agreement with Beijing. A few weeks later, …

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Trump can’t postpone the 2020 presidential elections

Here’s why the US president’s tweet must still be taken seriously by everyone Los Angeles Times Erwin Chemerinsky Once again, US President Donald Trump has shown his ignorance of the Constitution and federal law in raising the question on Twitter of whether the November presidential election should be delayed. To …

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COVID-19: Coronavirus vaccine confronts humanity with next moral test

Who gets it first (and last)? Who profits (and loses)? Societies face agonising choices Bloomberg John Authers The coronavirus pandemic has stress-tested the world. Beyond challenging human fortitude, national health services and international rivalries, it has forced a series of moral choices. Many have provoked impassioned disagreement — over whether …

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The End of the Middle East’s Trickle-Down Economy

Foreign Policy Magazine ANCHAL VOHRA To walk their dogs, to clean their houses, or even to hand them towels as they exit their restrooms, Lebanese have traditionally depended on Ethiopians. To drive their cars, to build their stadiums, and to dig for their natural resources, the six oil-rich Gulf nations …

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