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Venetia Rainey

Venetia Rainey is a Middle East correspondent for TheWeek.co.uk based in Lebanon where she works for the national English-language paper, The Daily Star. Follow her on Twitter @venetiarainey.

VENETIA RAINEY: Lebanon cannot re-open its border
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VENETIA RAINEY: Lebanon cannot re-open its border

The world cannot rely on Syria’s neighbours to carry the entire burden of the refugee crisis
7 Jan 2015
VENETIA RAINEY: A glint of hope in the Middle East
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VENETIA RAINEY: A glint of hope in the Middle East

Hamas removed from terror blacklist, Palestinian state recognised by EU – 17 December was a big day
18 Dec 2014
Capture of IS chief’s ex-wife a coup for fragile Lebanon
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Capture of IS chief’s ex-wife a coup for fragile Lebanon

But while West is keen to help Lebanese take on IS, donor fatigue means Syrian refugees will go hungry
5 Dec 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: Why we must make a deal with Iran
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VENETIA RAINEY: Why we must make a deal with Iran

Five good reasons why the West and Iran should come to an agreement – and the sooner the better
20 Nov 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: Israel's new president talks sense
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VENETIA RAINEY: Israel's new president talks sense

Israel is home not only to Jews – but to Arabs like Kheir Hamdan, ‘killed in cold blood’ by police
12 Nov 2014
Israel v Palestine: is this the start of the Third Intifada?
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Israel v Palestine: is this the start of the Third Intifada?

'Chickenshit' Netanyahu… Sweden's 'Ikea politics'… Global insults fly as violence erupts in Jerusalem
31 Oct 2014
How to stop Islamic State: go for the roots, not the head
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How to stop Islamic State: go for the roots, not the head

Bombing runs on IS targets are dismissed as ‘shock and yawn’: we need those living under IS to rebel
16 Oct 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: The trouble with Mahmoud Abbas...
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VENETIA RAINEY: The trouble with Mahmoud Abbas...

It's also time to reduce the role of the Middle East's chief mediator – the United States
30 Sep 2014
After Gaza, Israel plays another card: land grabs
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After Gaza, Israel plays another card: land grabs

By taking land from Palestinians in the West Bank, Israel ensures long-term peace looks hopeless
11 Sep 2014
GAZA: 500 dead children is no sort of victory
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GAZA: 500 dead children is no sort of victory

Neither Palestinians nor Israelis have achieved what they wanted: we will be back here again
27 Aug 2014
ANTI-SEMITISM: How we confuse Jews with Israelis
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ANTI-SEMITISM: How we confuse Jews with Israelis

'Our problem is not with the Jews,' said the Palestinian refugee, 'but with the Israeli government and army'
31 Jul 2014
Understanding Hamas: part terrorism, part good works
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Understanding Hamas: part terrorism, part good works

Three things you should know before writing off Hamas as just a violent terrorist organisation
25 Jul 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: Israel needs to give Gaza hope
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VENETIA RAINEY: Israel needs to give Gaza hope

Bombing Gaza is like handing Popeye a can of spinach - it won't weaken Hamas, only make it stronger
17 Jul 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: Why Israel wanted to batter Hamas
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VENETIA RAINEY: Why Israel wanted to batter Hamas

This is more about dividing Palestinians for political ends than it is about three dead Israeli teenagers
9 Jul 2014
The 'Jihadi Spring' - could Isis gain a foothold in Lebanon?
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The 'Jihadi Spring' - could Isis gain a foothold in Lebanon?

'We understand no borders,' says one Isis fighter, 'we will go wherever our sheik wants to send us'
24 Jun 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: Lebanon sits on a refugee timebomb
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VENETIA RAINEY: Lebanon sits on a refugee timebomb

With a quarter of its population now made up of fleeing Syrians, tiny Lebanon is clamping down
30 May 2014
TERRORISTS? Israelis turn on hard-line settlers
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TERRORISTS? Israelis turn on hard-line settlers

The vandalism and violence perpetrated by Jewish extremists has gone too far, say moderate Israelis
15 May 2014
LEBANON: Pick your killer election candidate
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LEBANON: Pick your killer election candidate

Meet the three most popular candidates to take over the presidency – and pray that MPs find an alternative
30 Apr 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: Not only Christians suffer in Syria
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VENETIA RAINEY: Not only Christians suffer in Syria

Kim Kardashian has thrown focus on Kessab: but Syrians of all faiths are suffering under Assad
17 Apr 2014
MIDDLE EAST: Fears grow of third intifada
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MIDDLE EAST: Fears grow of third intifada

More settlement building, more civilians shot dead by the Israeli army: something has to change fast
3 Apr 2014
VENETIA RAINEY: 13 nuns reveal the truth about Syria
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VENETIA RAINEY: 13 nuns reveal the truth about Syria

For a start, we now know Bashar Assad’s regime does detain children. But there’s more…
14 Mar 2014
Lebanon's war with al-Qaeda: is it a losing battle?
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Lebanon's war with al-Qaeda: is it a losing battle?

Hezbollah is not the perpetrator but the target because of its decision to fight alongside Assad in Syria
20 Feb 2014
Syrian refugee crisis: where is Lebanon's tipping point?
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Syrian refugee crisis: where is Lebanon's tipping point?

As another 50,000 Syrians register in one month, Lebanese generosity is being stretched to the limit
7 Feb 2014
Geneva 2: torture photos put onus on humanitarian solution
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Geneva 2: torture photos put onus on humanitarian solution

Such cruelty is not confined to the regime's prisons: humanitarian goals must take centre stage at talks
21 Jan 2014
ARIEL SHARON: Time to eulogise or face brutal facts?
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ARIEL SHARON: Time to eulogise or face brutal facts?

As Sharon's death is announced from Tel Aviv, young Israelis look to the future not the past
11 Jan 2014
SYRIA: Why some Christians pray for Assad victory
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SYRIA: Why some Christians pray for Assad victory

Ahead of Geneva II, a growing number of Lebanese Christians see Syria's leader as their best defence
27 Nov 2013
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Ads: Too young for

French underwear designer targeting girls between four and 12 accused of sexualising children
17 Aug 2011
Apocalypse Now: reviews of
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Apocalypse Now: reviews of

Film of the week: The iconic Vietnam War movie was far from universally acclaimed when it was first released thirty years ago
27 May 2011
Marmite: should UK ban it
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Marmite: should UK ban it

Denmark has a reputation for knowing best when it comes to food regulation
25 May 2011
Assad’s wife leaves horrors of Syria for England
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Assad’s wife leaves horrors of Syria for England

But did Asma al-Assad walk out in disgust - or is shewaiting to rejoin her husband?
10 May 2011
Reports of massacre as Syrians demand Bashar exit
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Reports of massacre as Syrians demand Bashar exit

Videos and pictures of an alleged massacre by security forces in Homs have been uploaded to the internet
20 Apr 2011