Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat :
Hazem Saghieh

Iran: Life as a Skillful Concealment of Death

When a child grows up and is sent to school, he becomes in need of a good teacher, not the good nurse who had assisted in his birth. That is the analogy Arthur Schopenhauer drew to argue that Europe had outgrown Christianity and the need for it. The problem with the Iranian regime, and similar…

The Shifting Equations of the Conflict with Israel

After 1948, the Arab conflict with Israel was waged with an Arab nationalist outlook and sensibility. Satii al-Husari gave a famous response to those who said Israel had defeated seven Arab armies that year. The late nationalist intellectual believed that the reason for the defeat was precisely the…

Utopia and Preaching Against Incitement and the Apocalyptic Bent!   

"Apocalyptic" refers to that which describes the end of the world; however, in a broader and more comprehensive sense, it describes occurrences that do not normally take place and the non-occurrence of normally occurring occurrences that reason does not accept. Thus, by force of the apocalyptic,…

The Palestinian State as a Challenge for Levantine Nationhood

As it was gearing up for and then celebrating its anniversary, the State of Israel received blows that could provide new opportunities for the establishment of a Palestinian state. This comes at a time when the conviction that such a state is an indispensable requisite for regional stability is…

On the Student Protests in the West and Their Limits

Many of those opposed to the student protests in the United States (and Western Europe) are awaiting the summer break, expecting it to end these protests. Some of those counting on the summer break argue that reduced military operations in Gaza and fewer images of death and destruction on social…

Statehood in the Arab Levant Faces a Miserable Fate

Let us remember what happened in Beirut in 2002 for a moment. Despite over two decades having gone by, recalling this juncture remains useful for understanding the present. Not only has the past not truly passed, it has become more present and painful with time, and its meanings have become more…

On ‘Colonialism’ as an ‘Original Sin’

While colonialism, including the settler variant, is obviously an acute and vicious problem in Palestine and for Palestinians, this does not mean that decolonization is a universal issue that all of humanity must contend with. In fact, this assumption goes against the popular claim that…

On ‘The White Man’

Fires burning in the mind today compete with the fire that Israel has lit over Gaza’s land and in its inhabitants' lives. That began years before this war, but it found its feast in this war, as disasters always feed on disasters. “The white man" is a theme of the fire we are referring to. …

On the Concept of a ‘Global South’ That Is So Popular Today

The concept of "Global South" (as opposed to the "Global North") gained another boost in popularity with the war on Gaza. Language often tries its best to keep up with the split that divides our world. Initially, it was said that we are split into East and West, a binary that remained in usage…

America - Israel: A Few Signs of Our Times

Many major developments that are not necessarily totally harmonious come together to form “the history of American-Israeli relations.” From the very start, in May 1948, Secretary of State George Marshall opposed recognizing the nascent Jewish state, and there was a lot of talk about a split within…