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Who is ready for no-deal

  • The new British government of Boris Johnson is charging unapologetically toward a no-deal Brexit. Yes, Johnson proclaims, we want a deal but we do not fear a no-deal, and his government is busily preparing for such an outcome on Oct. 31. For ages, the Westminster consensus was that a no-deal ...
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Putin is leading but may not have it all his way

  • Not for the first time, Russia has announced it is pulling back troops in Syria. President Vladimir Putin made much the same announcement in March 2016, yet it was soon reversed. One should not doubt that the Russian leader does desire a pull-out, but wants to keep the military bases and...
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Call time on the charade of Israeli ‘democracy’

  • Despite all its extraordinary efforts, the current Israeli coalition has yet to kill off talk of a two-state solution, a Palestinian state and peace deals. Even President Donald Trump still refers to this, as of course do pesky irritating European leaders. ...
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50 years on, stereotypes of Arab world still linger

  • Fifty years ago, an opinion poll found that 98 percent of the British population knew little or nothing about the Arab world. This was a prime concern for the newly created Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU)....
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It is not just Americans who know so little of the Arab world

  • Should we be shocked that 81 percent of Americans cannot identify the Arab world on the map? This was the headline finding of the Arab News/YouGov poll published last week. After all, the US just elected a man who promised “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a...
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Pride or shame in Balfour

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May expects the British public to be proud of one of their most terrible colonial disgraces and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration. The then British government promised to support a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, ...
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May’s quandary in dealing with Trump

  • Craven vassal or serious friend and ally? This question has often haunted visiting British prime ministers as they touch down in Washington to see a new president. With Barack Obama, the fears were that he was anti-British, bitter at British atrocities in Kenya, including against his grandfather...
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