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Osama Al-Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.
 
Twitter: @plato010

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What the Facebook scandal says about our social media addiction

The revelation that Facebook allowed a British data company to harvest the personal information of no fewer than 50 million users, which it may have used to influence voters in the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum, has reverberated around the world.

March 28, 2018

No end in sight to Syria’s de facto partition

It is unfortunate that almost all players involved in the complex Syrian crisis appear to have given up on efforts to resuscitate a political process aimed at ending seven years of civil war.

March 20, 2018

Nothing can justify the massacre of Eastern Ghouta

It has been described as Assad’s Srebrenica, and by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as “hell on earth.” UNICEF, the UN’s children’s fund, found no better way to express its outrage over the mass killing of Syrian children in Eastern Ghouta than to issue a blank statement — because “no w

February 24, 2018

Why replacing the US as a peace broker will not work

Despite worldwide sympathy for the Palestinians in the wake of the unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reaction to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ declaration that Washington has disqualified itself as an honest broker and is no longer accepted as a peace mediator has

December 27, 2017

Will extremist movement’s death certificate be signed in 2018?

The year 2017 will be looked upon as setting a crucial milestone in the long and costly war against extremists, and in particular the self-proclaimed caliphate of Daesh. In the past few weeks, there have been a number of celebratory events marking the defeat of this brutal cult.

December 20, 2017

Why Palestinians are already frustrated with Trump’s ‘peace plan’

The countdown has begun for the unveiling of US President Donald Trump’s promised “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, one that aims to close the chapter on the decades-old conflict. For the Palestinians, initial signs point to a dismal start.

November 22, 2017

Statements of the obvious will not end the Syrian conflict

It was not the long awaited face-to-face meeting that the world was expecting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Vietnam last weekend.

November 15, 2017

Yes, Daesh is beaten, but religious extremism is not

Time is running out fast for Daesh, the terrorist group that first appeared in late 2013 and within months was able to claim vast swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territories on which it proclaimed its so-called caliphate.

November 07, 2017

UNESCO exit a self-inflicted wound for US

It would be naive to believe that the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will not hurt the Paris-based UN body.

October 18, 2017