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Afghanistan faces its 'new chapter' with trepidation

  • US President Joe Biden last weekend hosted the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his no. 2 and arch-rival Abdullah Abdullah at the White House. Biden confirmed that US troops would leave Afghanistan, as scheduled, by Sept. 11. He then made the rather innocuous remark that “Afghans are going to ...
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Afghanistan peace process at a crossroads

  • Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah sign a political agreement in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 17, 2020. (Reuters)  Friday marks three months since the agreement between the US and the Taliban was signed in Doha with the aim of bringing peace to c...
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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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Algerian president’s reforms won’t appease protesters

  • The Algerian parliament last week approved the draft constitutional changes proposed by the government, setting the stage for a national referendum on Nov. 1, the anniversary of the start of the Algerian revolution against French rule in 1954. Amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic a...
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Army chief should take Algeria on path toward democracy

  • Over the last three months, demands for wide-ranging political and economic reform have brought hundreds of thousands of Algerians on to the streets across the country. Algeria did not experience any of the public demonstrations that swept many parts of the Arab world in 2011 during the so-ca...
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As the Syrian conflict completes 10 years, new diplomatic initiatives are taking shape

  • The 10-year commemoration of Syria’s bloody civil conflict in March has evoked expressions of anguish and some new diplomatic initiatives. Nearly half-a-million people have been killed and several million more displaced since the conflict started on March 15, 2011. The UN Secretary-General, A...
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Astana process partners determined to control Syria’s fate

  • Vladimir Putin speaks with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani during their virtual meeting. (Reuters) The members of the Astana peace process in Syria — Russia, Iran and Turkey — last week held a virtual meeting; their first encounter since September las...
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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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Conflict as usual in Syria despite coronavirus

  • An explosion in an oil tanker, ignited by a grenade, last week killed about 40 people and injured nearly 50 in the Turkish-controlled border town of Afrin in northern Syria. Turkish officials blamed Kurdish militia the People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the carnage. A day earlier, Israeli ai...
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Elections do not reflect Palestinian aspirations

  • On Jan. 15, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that elections to the 132-member Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) would be held May 22, presidential elections on July 31, and elections to the 351-member Palestinian National Council on Aug. 31. These will be the first elections fo...
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