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En Liang Khong

En Liang Khong is submissions editor at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

In time of war: reason amid rockets

The violent conflict in the middle east makes it ever more urgent to listen to voices of universalism and human solidarity in the spirit of Isaac Deutscher and Hannah Arendt, says Fred Halliday.

The Lebanon war's pivotal moment

Israeli strategy in Lebanon is caught in a vice: agreeing to unfavourable diplomacy or escalating an unwinnable war.

'Whatever happens, Hizbollah has already won'

Lebanese and their fellow Arabs are digesting the war's lessons and debating what comes next. Zaid Al-Ali, in Beirut, reports.

Iran's five-card trick

Iraq, Hizbollah, Palestine, oil, the Shi'a - Iran has a fistful of geopolitical assets in the conflict-ridden middle east. But, asks Roger Hardy, can it use them?

France and Lebanon: diplomacy of tragedy

The Lebanese war has allowed France's president to re-energise his own and the country's political profile, says Patrice de Beer in Paris.

The war in Lebanon has allowed France to reappear as a major partner in international affairs, and a key player in the search for peace in the "country of cedars".

Lebanon: the view from Iran

Iran's state and media are fervent in support of Hizbollah. Are the people persuaded? Kamin Mohammadi, in Tehran, reports.

Why Israel is losing

After four weeks of war in Lebanon, Israel's long-term strategic predicament is becoming clear.

The war in Lebanon: a view from Haifa

The experience of living for four weeks under Hizbollah rocket attacks has only focused Israeli convictions, says Menachem Kellner in Israel’s cosmopolitan port city.

Israel-Lebanon: a battle over modernity

The deep agenda of Israel's assault is to maintain the country's monopoly of modernity in the middle east. But its ending is inexorable and with it Israel's exceptional status in the region, says George Schöpflin.

Lebanon: the view from Pakistan

The war in Lebanon has forged a new unity between secular and religious political forces in Pakistan against Israel and the United States, reports Irfan Husain.

The US and Israel: a marriage under pressure

The flaws in Israel's Lebanese war are straining the loyalties of Tel Aviv's most fervent supporters in Washington.

The middle-east crisis: one woman's view

In the midst of the destruction of civilian lives in Lebanon, women and families on all sides are trying to build bridges against militarisation and for peace, says Pamela Ann Smith.

Beirut: a city in war

Three weeks into the war with Israel, the capital of Lebanon is a city damaged, deserted and in limbo. Paul Cochrane reports.

Lebanon: war takes root

The combination of United States global strategy, Israeli determination and Hizbollah resilience mean only one thing: a long war.

Hizbollah's last stand?

Both Israel and Hizbollah find themselves committed to fresh military strategies that in combination guarantee a long war, writes Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.

Losing hope in Iraq: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

"Saddam was the ultimate nightmare… but now things are just bad, really bad." Despite a newly elected government, civil war looms ominously on the horizon: what is happening in Iraq and who holds the power? Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, the award-winning photojournalist, talks to openDemocracy about occupation, insurgency, and how his country fell apart.

Israel's strategic impasse

Israel's relentless military assault on Lebanon cannot conceal the crisis of its security doctrine.

Israelity check

People in Jerusalem are keeping a nervous eye on the "situation". But – amid thousands of evacuees from the north, the diplomatic fallout of the Qana massacre, and the distant threat of Hizbollah rockets – life in Israel goes on, finds just-arrived Jan McGirk.

After Qana: a false dawn?

The Qana massacre has changed the immediate course of the war, but the determination of Israel and the United States to destroy Hizbollah remains unchanged.

The Shi'a crescent: myth or reality?

With tensions growing in the middle east, leaders and policymakers have started warning of an increasingly powerful Shi'a crescent, bolstered by Iran. Abigail Fielding-Smith uncovers the politics and illusions behind the sectarian story.

Lebanon: the world's choice

The first two weeks of August will be decisive in determining whether the Lebanon war escalates further or can be contained.

A triple front: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon

The United States is using the Lebanon war to blame Iran as the locus of its war on terror.

The Syria safety-zone

Lebanese people in flight from war are finding refuge in neighbouring Syria. Paul Cochrane, in Damascus, reports.

Lebanon: no quick fix

Israel's war in Lebanon is being conducted with unstinting United States support. This suggests that a long war is in prospect.

It is a move that belongs to the theatre of the absurd. It would have certainly stretched the imagination of the Monty Python comedy team. On 25 July 2006, Condoleezza Rice promised the Lebanese government $30 million in aid for reconstruction, even as the United States was rushing to complete an Israeli order for 4,000 precision-guided bombs to drop on, yes, Lebanon.

Lebanon in the wider war

George W Bush's portrayal of Israel's campaign against Hizbollah as part of the war on terror is a gift to al-Qaida.

Israel and the Arabs: peace, not diktats

An agreed, just settlement of the core conflict between Israel and the Palestinians – not punitive Israeli expeditions – is the only way to peace in the middle east, says Anatol Lieven.

Hit Beirut, target Tehran

Washington's support for Israel's war against Hizbollah is intimately linked to its strategic calculations towards Iran.

A united, worried Israel

The people are supporting their leaders, for now. But what if things go wrong? Eric Silver, on the Israeli frontline, reports.

Lebanon: the missing perspective

The heart of the war in Lebanon is Hizbollah's challenge to Lebanon's national sovereignty, says Roger Scruton.

Israel: losing control

Israel's assault on Lebanon reveals the failure of its long-standing security paradigm.

A Lebanese fragment: two days with Hizbollah

An in-depth encounter with Hizbollah in the group's Lebanese heartlands gives Fred Halliday an unmatched insight into the "party of God's" long-term thinking and strategy.

A proxy war

The conflict between Israel and Hizbollah is also a surrogate for an even larger confrontation: between the United States and Iran.

Hell in Helmand

The British forces sent to fight the Taliban in southern Afghanistan are facing a formidable enemy steeled by history, ideology and poverty, says Irfan Husain.

War defeats diplomacy

A week into the war, Israel's intransigence and the United States's indulgence make the prospects for peace minimal.

Israel's attacks on Lebanon continued over the night of 17-18 July with fifty sites being hit. Many of these were said to be Hizbollah facilities, even though the targets have included a lighthouse, a medical truck and a dairy factory. In any case, the main effect has been to cause disruption across much of the country as numerous bridges are hit and movement of refugees is made difficult if not impossible.

Lebanon: unity within diversity

The Lebanese people will not be broken apart by the devastating pressures of renewed war, says Alex Klaushofer.
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