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Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hussain Abdul-Hussain is the Washington bureau chief of Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai and a former visiting fellow at Chatham House in London. Previously, he helped launch and manage the Iraqi stream of the Arabic TV network Alhurra. Before relocating to Washington, Abdul-Hussain worked as a reporter, and later as managing editor, for Lebanon’s The Daily Star. He has reported from conflict zones on the border between Lebanon and Israel, and from Baghdad shortly after the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime. Abdul-Hussain has also contributed articles to US newspapers, including The New York Times and the Washington Post, and appeared on American TV news networks such as CNN and MSNBC. In addition, he is a frequent commentator on Arabic satellite TV networks.

Articles By Hussain Abdul-Hussain

After the Pandemic: Taming Iran’s Trouble-Making in the Middle East By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 30, 2020

Iran is facing a “war” with the coronavirus named Covid-19. Under multiple sanctions and out of money, Tehran is struggling to control the spread of disease and a rising death toll. While no one wants to turn human tragedy into dividend, it is nevertheless no exaggeration to say that Iran has been among the biggest … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: Taming Iran’s Trouble-Making in the Middle East”

Hezbollah: The Curse of Lebanon By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 15, 2020

A Lebanese-American Pentagon contractor in Iraq has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information about US intelligence sources to an individual linked to Hezbollah. The incident, whether ultimately proved true or not, nevertheless exposes Hezbollah for what it truly is – not a merely local Lebanese party, but a violent organization with global reach. … Continue reading “Hezbollah: The Curse of Lebanon”

After Rejecting Another Peace Plan, It’s Time for Palestinians to Come Up with Their Own By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Feb 27, 2020

Whether President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the “Vision for Peace,” is good or bad is highly debatable. What is indisputable is the reaction of the Palestinian leadership, which consists mostly of regurgitating the same old rhetoric about what is right, but rarely saying what is possible. Refusing is easy; the Palestinians have been turning … Continue reading “After Rejecting Another Peace Plan, It’s Time for Palestinians to Come Up with Their Own”

Trump Peace Plan: For Palestinians, the Promise of a State Should Focus on Good Governance and Less on Land By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Feb 23, 2020

Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan grants Palestinians autonomy over 15 percent of Mandate Palestine. At face value, the plan looks awfully biased toward the Israelis and prejudicial to the Palestinians. But that is true only if the Palestinians think of land as the end of, and not the means for, a better life. When Palestinians and … Continue reading “Trump Peace Plan: For Palestinians, the Promise of a State Should Focus on Good Governance and Less on Land”

What ‘Progress’? Lebanon Politics Impoverishes Lebanese By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jan 30, 2020

Three months after the resignation of the government – a short time by the standards of Lebanese politics – the Iran-proxy, Islamist group Hezbollah and its allies have managed to cobble together a new cabinet. But the news has failed to end angry protests that precipitated then-prime minister Saad Hariri’s resignation. And while Hezbollah hoped … Continue reading “What ‘Progress’? Lebanon Politics Impoverishes Lebanese”