Wednesday , September 19 2018

Opinion

Yusuf bin Alawi, Omani ‘wisdom’

The Sultanate of Oman follows a consistent regional and foreign policy that strives toward peace and averting conflicts — through which the country has earned enormous respect globally. Despite clarity of its policy, many questions have been raised about the stance Oman continues to adopt on several issues. Analysts and …

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Dissolution no solution

SUDDENLY, the voices calling for dissolution of the National Assembly intensified although there are a few months left before the end of the current parliamentary term. Could the fuel price hike be the reason behind this government-Parliament dispute which came after three years of ideal cooperation between the two authorities? …

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Disunity a threat

I HAVE reached the conclusion that the majority of Arab States are their own worst enemy. The Arab nation of which we were once so proud has disintegrated. Great swathes have descended into violent trouble spots. Millions have been killed, millions more rendered refugees, while our leaderships, with few exceptions, …

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The blue bird and its continuous fall

OUR national carrier, with its ‘blue bird’, flies over the compound of the government’s failure in many aspects. It has been a continuous fall since the dismissal of its chairperson, Captain Sami Al-Nisf, due to his dispute with the minister of transportation. We hoped for the best from the leadership …

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The time-wasting Lebanon leaders

A POPULAR adage among Lebanese applies to the current situation in their country: “If you want to destroy your country, pray for a lot of leaders.” Two years and a half after the presidential vacuum comes the paralysis of the legislative authority which is just waking up from a deep …

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Leave … let Syrians decide their future

SINCE the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the administration of US President Barack Obama has offered nothing to help the Syrians except pledges of support. We hear fiery statements during the day but by night these statements lose their glow. This has become a habit for the White House …

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JASTA could open a can of worms on 9/11

NOW that Congress has passed the ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ (JASTA) into law permitting individuals, including the family members of 9/11 victims, to sue a sovereign state for the actions of its nationals in contravention of international law, the door is open for a comprehensive independent investigation into …

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JASTA nail in coffin of US-GCC ties

CONGRESS has done the unimaginable by almost unanimously passing a law allowing the families of 9-11 victims to lodge civil cases against Saudi Arabia (and other states) for aiding and abetting terrorism, which flouts all international laws and conventions protecting sovereign states from frivolous lawsuits. Congress has arrogantly rewritten international …

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Their racism is punishable … ours is hushed

BRITAIN’S series, “Coronation Street,” is the longest-running British soap aired by a British TV public channel. I was surprised to find out that this series is still going on, because I followed many of its episodes when I studied in Britain in the 1970s. Recently, the series caused an uproar …

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The State, decisive decision … and citizenship, obligations before rights

WHY all this fuss about the fuel price hike? Is this the kind of issue that necessitates tears from the current and previous members of the Parliament who aspire to return to the legislature, or from politicians whose parliamentary membership was nullified; hence, they fish for anything in order to …

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