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Iran protests unlikely to trigger change

  • Popular agitation began in Iran in a low-key manner in the holy city of Mashhad on Dec. 28, when hundreds of people came out on to the streets shouting slogans such as “No to high prices” and “Death to Rouhani.” Within a few days, protests had spread to 20 towns and soon involved 50 others. The...
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After Saleh, Yemen is descending into anarchy

  • The prospects of peace in Yemen have receded, as the death of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has not significantly changed the balance of power between the contending forces in the country. The Yemeni people have suffered as a result of years of instability caused by widespread civil con...
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Turkey complicates the Syrian imbroglio

  • Turkish armed forces, backed by their Syrian opposition allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), are making slow progress in their month-long attempt to take the northern Syrian town of Afrin from the Kurds under the mis-named Operation Olive Branch. At least 31 Turkish soldiers have been killed and...
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What do new changes in US officialdom mean?

  • On March 13, US President Donald Trump announced the removal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, with CIA veteran Gina Haspel succeeding the latter as the agency’s head. Nine days later, Trump sacked National Security Adviser (NSA) H.R....
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Unlikely alliance aims to bring stability to Syria

  • The conflict in Syria has brought together three unlikely allies, as Russia has pulled Turkey — a NATO member and US ally — into its orbit, along with Iran, which was until recently Turkey’s opponent in Syria, when Ankara was backing rebel groups against the Bashar Assad regime. This alliance was...
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Libyan politics to get vicious as elections loom

  • The leaders of Libya’s principal political groups met in Paris on Tuesday with the aim of reconciling their differences, affirming the unity of their fractured country, and giving their desperate people the prospect of peace after seven years of bloodshed and destruction. The meeting ...
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Palestinians may be united by US deal

  • A Hamas delegation last week arrived in Cairo in response to an Egyptian initiative to pursue reconciliation between the Palestinian factions — Fatah and Hamas — which have been estranged since 2007, with Fatah controlling the West Bank and Hamas the Gaza Strip. Egypt has made it clear to Hamas...
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Palestinians remain deeply divided

  • Palestinian protesters march with Palestinian flags during a demonstration. (AFP) Two important developments pertaining to the Palestinian national struggle have taken place in recent days. The first was the Oct. 30 decision of the Palestinian Central Council (PCC) to instruct the Pales...
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Bleak outlook for Palestinians in 2019

  • Last month exhibited every negative aspect pertaining to the Israel-Palestine conflict: Division, hatred and violence. December began with the prospect of widespread conflict as Hamas accepted responsibility for attacks on Israeli settlers in the West Bank, in which several were injured. Israe...
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Syria’s future far from certain despite Daesh’s defeat

  •   Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces take a celebratory selfie after the defeat of Daesh in Baghouz. (AFP) The month of March has seen a number of developments that will have a lasting impact on Syrian affairs.  Early in the month, Russia and Turkey entered into a new...
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