The Cradle
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Following his meteoric rise in Iraqi politics, what has been the legacy of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and whose interests did he really serve?
BY Abdullah Musawi Sep 14, 2022
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The Syrian regime-change war and Lebanon's economic collapse happened under Saad Hariri's watch, but the Future Movement leader is seldom mentioned for the pivotal role he played in Lebanon's unravelling
BY William Van Wagenen Sep 12, 2022
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Collusion with terror: For 18 months, until the Russian Air Force entered Syrian skies, the US did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from taking over swathes of Syria and Iraq
BY William Van Wagenen Sep 02, 2022
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Late Iranian-Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou is best remembered as an arbitrator between the Kurds and Baathist Iraq, however leaked documents reveal he was actually on Saddam’s payroll tasked with undermining the Iraqi opposition.
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The Euphrates, West Asia’s longest river, is the source of current and future conflicts between Turkey and its neighbors as Ankara strives to project power in the region
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Hundreds of Lebanese detainees have been released, despite the serious charges of espionage on behalf of Israel
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War on Lebanon
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A follow-up exposé into the British Foreign Office’s clandestine operations across Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps to undermine the sovereignty of the state
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Hezbollah has threatened Israel with war if Lebanon is not allowed to exploit its share in the Karish gas field. Now, the Palestinian resistance may do the same over their “stolen gas” off the Gaza Strip.
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No longer just an 'alternative route' on a drawing board, the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC) is paying dividends in a time of global crisis. And Moscow, Tehran and New Delhi are now leading players in the Eurasian competition for transportation routes.
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The Palestinian resistance movement’s complicated relationship with Syria is headed for a reset, but it won’t be on their terms.
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While Lebanon is indeed one source of the Captagon drug trade to Saudi Arabia, Riyadh entirely ignores the basic economics that have made it a hub for this nasty narcotic.
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EU steps to significantly reduce Russian gas imports will see Europe newly dependent on much pricier US liquefied natural gas
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Bribing desperate voters during an economic crisis may have led to Lebanon’s parliamentary impasse. If candidates are bought, how can the country fix anything?
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Even the Lebanese struggle to understand the mechanics of their elections. So The Cradle has provided a handy guide to understand the basics.
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Hamas' rifts with Turkey are not unprecedented, but this time Erdogan risks losing the Palestinian resistance card to Iran, Syria and Lebanon if he continues to overplay his hand.
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