Semi-authoritarian regimes throughout the Middle East are looking for ways to combine the fight against coronavirus, populism and crisis management – and to weaken their opponents. To that end, Iran and Turkey are treading a similar path.
As the coronavirus lockdown continues, charity may not be enough to save Hezbollah’s tarnished reputation among Lebanese Shia or to stem the increasing numbers of those infected with the virus. But the Lebanese are no strangers to staying at home.
Iran’s health care system is at a breaking point. While doctors accuse a powerful institution of diverting critical gear, the US government is stonewalling and seems to be pursuing a perfidious strategy.