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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

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”

American Lawmakers Should Treat the UAE Like the Friend It Is, and Clear the Sale of F-35s to Abu Dhabi By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Dec 6, 2020

The objection of a handful of American legislators to the sale of 50 F-35 jet fighters to the UAE is intellectually dubious and morally wrong. Lawmakers argue that this sale undermines the “qualitative military edge” that America is bound to guarantee Israel. But it is hard to believe that some of these lawmakers – Congresswoman … Continue reading “American Lawmakers Should Treat the UAE Like the Friend It Is, and Clear the Sale of F-35s to Abu Dhabi”

Biden Will Encourage More Arab States to Normalize Relations with Israel By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Nov 15, 2020

Throughout the US presidential campaign season, Joe Biden argued against President Donald Trump’s handling of almost every issue, from Covid-19 to the economy, from police brutality to climate change. The only time Biden, now the president-elect, praised a Trump administration policy was when he commended the normalization deals the US mediated between Israel and (so … Continue reading “Biden Will Encourage More Arab States to Normalize Relations with Israel”

Border Talks with Israel Could Make Lebanon a Normal Country Again By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Oct 30, 2020

On October 14, Lebanon held initial talks with Israel over 850 square kilometers of disputed maritime territory. While the negotiations are predicated on hydrocarbon exploration, the fact that they are happening at all is implicit recognition of Israel by Lebanon. If and when the maritime border is settled, there is likelihood that the two parties … Continue reading “Border Talks with Israel Could Make Lebanon a Normal Country Again”