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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

Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Hasn’t Worked Before And It Won’t Work Now  By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Apr 4, 2021

Friends of the Iranian regime have been doubling their efforts to convince Joe Biden to return to the nuclear deal with Tehran. But their problem is not with the US president, who has said and done all the “right” things, like agreeing to ease conditions that forced South Korea and Iraq to freeze Iranian funds … Continue reading “Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Hasn’t Worked Before And It Won’t Work Now “

Biden’s White House Aims To ‘Decolonize,’ But Does It Really Mean It? By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Feb 25, 2021

There’s a new administration in the White House and a new watchword in US foreign policy: decolonization. Imperialism, so the reasoning goes, is to blame for all the ills of the world, so to fix it, empires like America must “decolonize.” The US, it is said, must see things from the perspective of smaller foreign … Continue reading “Biden’s White House Aims To ‘Decolonize,’ But Does It Really Mean It?”

Blinken Should Leave Out US Domestic Politics in Considering the Houthis’ Terrorists Designation By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jan 31, 2021

The United States will revise its designation of Yemen’s Houthi militia as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), according to secretary of state Antony Blinken, who told senators at his confirmation hearing that such a designation complicates humanitarian efforts in Yemen and obstructs talks to end the war. But if Washington does remove the Houthis from … Continue reading “Blinken Should Leave Out US Domestic Politics in Considering the Houthis’ Terrorists Designation”

As a Lunchtime Staple Becomes a ‘Luxury,’ Lebanon Sinks Further into Crisis By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Dec 23, 2020

Lebanon spends $160 million each year on importing to wheat to mill into flour. Half of this flour – sold at subsidized prices – is used for bread, and the rest for a variety of products that include cakes and, most importantly, zaatar pies. Known as manqousheh, the zaatar pie is among the cheapest and … Continue reading “As a Lunchtime Staple Becomes a ‘Luxury,’ Lebanon Sinks Further into Crisis”