Assad’s hollow victory: Syria will poison the region for years to come

The Economist

 “Assad or we burn the country.” For years Bashar al-Assad’s troops have daubed that phrase onto walls in the towns they recapture. The insurgents pushed the dictator to the brink. But Mr Assad shrugged off the empty threats of Western leaders, and enlisted the help of Iran and Russia. True to his slogan, he destroyed whole cities and gassed and starved his own people. What rebels remain are holed up in Idlib province. It, too, will soon fall. Against all the odds, the monster has won.

The other Israelis: Israel’s Arab citizens could hold the key to political change

The Economist

 It is easy to spot the Jewish and Arab neighbourhoods in Ramle, one of Israel’s few “mixed” cities. The Jewish ones consist mainly of tall, fairly new apartment buildings, with neat pavements. Arab areas, clustered around the city’s old centre, are haphazard and dilapidated. Naif Abu-Swiss, an independent city councillor, insists that things are changing. After being elected last year, he joined the municipal ruling coalition, headed by a mayor from the right-wing Likud party, and has been put in charge of urban renewal.

Wings over prayers: Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on

The Economist

 Eight years into a savage war, the images still numb. Near the village of Haas, a headless child lies amid the rubble of bombed homes. In the town of Ariha, an infant dangles several stories up from the wreckage of another building while her father looks on in horror. There is smoke and dust and blood, gnarled metal and smashed concrete, and the vacant stares of people who have endured almost a decade of violence.

A fond farewell:Tunisians say goodbye to President Beji Caid Essebsi

The Economist

 There are rarely heartfelt funerals for Arab presidents. Those who pass away while in office are laid to rest in stage-managed events, more spectacle than remembrance. Others live long enough to fall out of power, and out of favour with their successors. Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s sole democratic leader, ousted by the current president, was unceremoniously dumped into a grave in the early morning after his sudden death in June.

An exodus in reverse: Young Palestinians are leaving Gaza in droves

The Economist

 Yarub ikhdeh and his friends had been waiting half their lives to get on a bus. The six young men had never left Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2007. They grew up in a territory where half the population is jobless and at least 70% rely on aid to survive. “We’re all recent graduates in business and it,” says Mr Ikhdeh. “And we’re all unemployed.”

Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields
Michelle Goldberg
New York Times

 Sebastian Gorka, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group historically aligned with Nazism, to one of Trump’s inaugural balls. Gorka was reportedly a member of the group, whose founder, the Hungarian autocrat Miklos Horthy, once said, “For all my life, I have been an anti-Semite.”

Tankers away: Oil shortages in Syria are starting to hurt

The Economist

 There was little grace to the Grace 1’s journey, a 12,000-mile (19,000km) slog around the Cape of Good Hope that came to an inelegant end off the coast of Gibraltar. In the early hours of July 4th British marines roped down from 

Playing with fire: Backed into a corner, Iran is lashing out

The Economist

 Editor’s note (0900 June 21st 2019): After The Economist went to press, President Donald Trump said Iran had made a “big mistake” in shooting down an American drone. He was reported to have approved military strikes on 

The height of flattery: Trump Heights, Binyamin Netanyahu’s tribute to America’s president

The Economist

 If the past is any guide, there is nothing Donald Trump likes more than seeing his name in big gold letters on a real-estate project. Predictably, then, America’s president was pleased when Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, unveiled the gilded sign for Trump Heights (pictured) on June 16th. The supposedly new town 

Sovereign wealth, sovereign whims

The Economist

 Adecade ago, few people in Silicon Valley had heard of Uber or the Public Investment Fund (pif). The former had not provided its first ride. The latter, a Saudi sovereign-wealth fund, was a small entity with investments in local industry. But when the ride-sharing firm went public in May the pif was among its five largest shareholders. It had bought a 5% stake in 2016 when Uber was valued at $49 per share. It started trading at $42. On paper, Saudi Arabia took a $200m loss.

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