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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

Myths and Embellishments in Hezbollah’s Account of Its History By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Apr 11, 2018

Few writers are able to get under the skin of Hezbollah, the Shia organization based in Lebanon that describes itself as a “resistance” group. Not so Mohanad Hage Ali, a Shia-born native of south Lebanon. In his book, “Nationalism, Transnationalism and Political Islam,” Hage Ali goes some way toward unpicking the embroidery, embellishments and outright … Continue reading “Myths and Embellishments in Hezbollah’s Account of Its History”

In Lebanon, a ‘Spy Case’ that Demonstrates Why Sectarian Politics Must End By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 20, 2018

In what had seemed like a counterespionage breakthrough for Lebanon, its State Security office in November arrested an actor named Ziad Itani and charged him for spying for Israel. Officials then leaked “damning” evidence against Itani and claimed that he confessed. But a judge later found the State Security agency’s allegations unprovable, and transferred the … Continue reading “In Lebanon, a ‘Spy Case’ that Demonstrates Why Sectarian Politics Must End”

How Should Middle East Steel and Aluminum Producers React to Trump’s Tariffs? Do Nothing By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 14, 2018

While campaigning for the presidency two years ago, Donald Trump promised voters he would grow America’s GDP by four percent a year. The problem is, the various parts of his economic plans never quite added up. As the sitting president today, Trump bragged before world leaders at Davos about the “biggest” tax cut in US … Continue reading “How Should Middle East Steel and Aluminum Producers React to Trump’s Tariffs? Do Nothing”