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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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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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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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Iraq struggles with its Daesh legacy

  • A UN team that had, over the previous two and a half years, investigated Daesh’s atrocities against Iraq’s Yazidi community and other crimes this month submitted its report to the UN Security Council. The head of the team, British lawyer Karim Khan, told the council that the terror group had in...
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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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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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Netanyahu is the central issue in Israel’s elections — again

  • On Dec. 22, Israel’s coalition government, set up last May, collapsed due to differences among its principal partners — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party. On March 23, the country will now have fresh elections, the fourth time in two years. A...
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Iraq remains a battlefield despite Al-Kadhimi’s efforts

  • As Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi struggles to affirm his nation’s independence and take his people to peace and prosperity, some emerging opportunities for a new national and regional order were exposed last month, along with the serious challenges his beleaguered country faces. Tur...
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