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Osama Al Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.

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Only Palestinian unity can thwart US-Israeli onslaught

There was an ironic sense of déjà vu surrounding Sunday’s meeting of the Palestinian Central Committee in Ramallah; a feeling that we have been here before. And that is true in many ways.

January 16, 2018

Keeping UNRWA alive is a must

There is little doubt that the decision by the United States to withhold or delay payment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is more than an impulsive reaction against the Palestinian leadership in the wake of the political storm caused b

January 09, 2018

Sochi settlement talks hindered by reality on the ground

What Russia wants to achieve in Sochi later this month remains uncertain, as the Syrian opposition, including key military factions, have decided not to attend.

January 02, 2018

Iraq’s victory over Daesh must be backed by genuine political reforms

It will take many years for Iraq to fully recover from the deep wounds left by Daesh, the self-proclaimed caliphate whose fighters swept through the country in 2014, wreaking havoc and occupying more than one-third of its territory at one point.

December 13, 2017

Two-state solution would be over if Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital

President Donald Trump has postponed a decision on whether to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem and will clarify his position on recognizing the city as Israel’s capital until later this week, according to the White House.

December 06, 2017

Russia holds the key pieces, but can it solve Syria’s jigsaw puzzle?

The bits and pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that are key features of the six-year-old Syrian conflict are finally falling into place.

November 28, 2017

Why Merkel is Europe’s best ambassador

Despite the rise of the hard-right Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD), and the worst performance by her own Christian Democrats (CDU) since the center-right party was founded in 1949, the significance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth consecutive election victory on Sunday cannot be ove

September 26, 2017

Trump’s safe-zones idea is problematic at best

Even before revealing details of how safe zones in Syria will work, US President Donald Trump’s vague proposal, made soon after his inauguration, is creating confusion, questions and doubts on most sides.

February 15, 2017

Mosul’s fall will not end Iraq’s radicalism threat

Some good news is finally coming from Iraq, with Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi announcing last week the full liberation of the eastern bank of the besieged city of Mosul, the country’s second-largest urban center and the main base of Daesh militants.

February 01, 2017

Iran’s regional agenda threatened by Astana process

Those who had hoped that the proposed peace talks on Syria, which opened in the Kazakh capital on Monday, would stumble at the last minute may feel miffed. They include a desperate Syrian regime, its main backer Iran, and a number of hard-line opposition groups.

January 25, 2017