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Zemmour a symptom of France’s political malaise

  • French employers “have the right to refuse Arabs or blacks” and “all Muslims, whether they say it or not, consider (Islamist terrorists) to be ‘good Muslims’” — these wild assertions are not from the chat room of a far-right website, they are the public statements for which French presidential ...
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US withdrawal adds more fuel to Syria conflict

  • A convoy of US military vehicles arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria. (AFP)  For years, Syria enjoyed an eerie serenity as its people lived in fear of being picked up by one of the country’s four com...
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UK aims to tighten diplomatic noose around Russia

  • Allied against Napoleon, enemies during the Crimean War, rivals in Central Asia during the Great Game in the late 19th century and then forced to unite to defeat Nazism, UK-Russian relations have long been tumultuous. The two countries, who also share a history of intense espionage activit...
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Time for May to step aside

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons in London on May 8, 2019. (UK Parliament handout photo via AFP) For some time it has been clear that British Prime Minister Theresa May is awa...
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The rise of Monsieur Macron

  • Gazing out from the window of a Parisian dining club, perched in a gilded Louis XV fauteuil chair, its colors now faded, the disconnected and antediluvian status of France’s political elite is all too clear. Sealed off in cocoons of ancien régime splendor, the French political establishment has...
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The real cost of lockdown

  • The IMF has estimated the cost to the global economy of the pandemic to have been $28 trillion this year, while successive lockdowns are thought to have reduced economic activity in concerned economies by up to 33 percent. The effects of the pandemic on business and trade, though unprecedente...
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The bonfire of the French elite

  • The casualties are significant. A sitting president, a former president and three former prime ministers have all fallen by the wayside of the most fiercely contested French presidential election in decades. In light of the failure of establishment figures, two unconventional candidates have ga...
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Saharan rebels and Morocco’s stabilizing role in the region

  • Few words invoke such a sense of forsaken hopelessness as “Sahara.” The political status of the region known as the Western Sahara, which is at the center of the modern history of Northwest Africa, is the single most important political issue affecting the area. This month, in contravention of...
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Russia’s worrying involvement in Iran’s nuclear program

  • The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant — the site of Iran’s first commercial nuclear reactor — is once again at the center of questions about the nature of the regime’s nuclear plans. (AP Photo)  Quietly, in southwestern Iran, something is taking place that risks des...
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Russian economy haunts Putin

  • Vladimir Putin’s electoral appeal has always been the guarantee of stability. This resonated with the masses following the post-Soviet upheaval, but this March the President faces a different challenge. With real wages in their third year of decline, Russians seek socio-economic change. The fast...
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