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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

America’s ‘Snapback’ On Iran Nuclear Deal Shows UN’s Irrelevance By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Sep 29, 2020

Iran, Russia, China and America’s Democratic party presidential candidate, Joe Biden, agree on one thing: America under President Donald Trump is “isolated.” Iran even goes as far as to declare victory over America. In his speech to the UN General Assembly, President Hassan Rouhani said that whoever is elected US president in the November elections … Continue reading “America’s ‘Snapback’ On Iran Nuclear Deal Shows UN’s Irrelevance”

No More Excuses – Iraq’s Prime Minister Must Face Down Iran and Its Militias By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Sep 18, 2020

In a recent interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said he envisaged the Middle East as a region that he called “the New Levant,” which would be like the European Union, where capital and technology flow freely. He also said he favored the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq because it would remove the raison … Continue reading “No More Excuses – Iraq’s Prime Minister Must Face Down Iran and Its Militias”

In Lebanon, the Maronite Patriarch Confronts Hezbollah By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Aug 30, 2020

In mid-July, the head of the Maronite Christian Church in Lebanon paid what appeared to be a routine courtesy visit to the country’s president, Michel Aoun. In fact, Patriarch Beshara Al-Rai had a much bigger purpose in mind: to restore Lebanon’s policy of regional neutrality and thus sever Hezbollah’s stranglehold on a nation in turmoil. … Continue reading “In Lebanon, the Maronite Patriarch Confronts Hezbollah”

Palestinians Should Hope Saudi Arabia Joins the UAE and Normalize Ties with Israel By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Aug 18, 2020

The late Egyptian president, Anwar Sadat, fought Israel with valor and signed peace with it with honor. Dignity and bravery can as well be attributed to the actions of the late Jordanian King Hussein. Now, the UAE joins them. Perhaps soon other Arab governments also will realize that for every policy there is a time … Continue reading “Palestinians Should Hope Saudi Arabia Joins the UAE and Normalize Ties with Israel”

Repatriating Looted Cultural Treasures Won’t Keep Them Safe By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Aug 17, 2020

The recent anti-racism protests around the world have revived a long-standing debate on whether Western museums should return artifacts taken by colonial powers from former colonies. In a recent article on the Foreign Policy website, the journalist Nosmot Gbadamosi claims there are “a number of new museums planned” right across Africa to house the cultural … Continue reading “Repatriating Looted Cultural Treasures Won’t Keep Them Safe”