Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat :
Hazem Saghieh

A Perpetual State of War... Not One War

Despite the importance of reaching a ceasefire in Gaza and southern Lebanon, and of that happening sooner rather than later, not many have argued that such a development would open the door to a conclusive peace. The fact is that the fighters themselves, in all of the conflict’s many fronts, do not…

The Weakness of the Western Model or the Absence of any Other?

Many are eulogizing the West’s liberal parliamentary model today. They are armed with an array of arguments: its foreign policies- especially its position on the war in Gaza, the results of the recent French elections, Donald Trump potentially making his way back to the White House, and the…

Netanyahu's War: Specificities That Are Not Specific

Many politicians have taken a decision, at some point, that led to war or have sparked a war through a policy they pursued that placed a single consideration over all others. However, the vast majority of these wars, which were fought over a piece of land and the resources in it, in what direction…

Analytical Agnosticism in Understanding Our World’s Complexities

Over the broad era of the past century and a half, the world witnessed four major developments that we have come to recognize as major setbacks. In 1914, the First World War broke out and "crowned" Europe’s "belle epoque" in a manner no one had anticipated. Indeed, since the Franco-Prussian War…

On Unity, Division, Federalism, and Beyond

Contrary to the American political tradition, where "federalism" is a concept with positive connotations, the French experience offered a different meaning. The term may have been used as a slur for the first time following the French Revolution of 1789, when cities across France witnessed…

Sudan’s Tragedy and Our Culture in Denying Civil Strife

Two phrases often repeated by international organizations today compete whenever Sudan is mentioned: "It is the world’s biggest humanitarian tragedy" and "It is one of the world’s biggest humanitarian tragedies." Over three months ago, when the horrific figures had not been as high as they are now,…

Refugees and Migrants After the EU Elections

The results of the European elections are yet another indication of the difficulties of tying the global solidarity movement with Gaza to mainstream European societies. If Donald Trump becomes president in a few months, his victory would only reinforce those difficulties. Even the term “youths,”…

Europe and Us: Forms of Mutual Influence

If we are to believe the press reports and opinion polls, we should expect a dark day for Europe; that day is today. The continent’s elections, according to these reports and polls, could grant the far right more power than the centrist forces, whether on the right or left. This is not good news…

And They Keep Rambling on About Cultural Colonialism and Invasions 

What Iraq and Lebanon have in common today is that both are the target of a combined assault: on the one hand, the lynching of the nation-state and the burial of its corpse deep beneath the ground to avert resurrection; on the other hand, the erosion or distortion of national history and culture,…

Iraq Is Seemingly Being Founded from Scratch and Not Being Founded 

Today, Iraq seems to be both an identity searching for a location and a location searching for an identity. These two perplexed searches suggest two things: that the country is undergoing a foundational phase- in the sense that it seeks to align the location and the identity, and to link them to a…