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Clear choices facing Iran

  • The change of occupants in the White House following the 2016 US presidential elections has affected the whole world, but for Iran specifically it has truly been significant. Today, mass demonstrations on the streets of major Iranian cities coincide with escalating US sanctions. Last week, san...
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Middle East’s problems have never been so far from settlement

  • The blood that was shed in the occupied Palestinian territories on the anniversary of Land Day will be followed by more of the same if the “March of Return” continues until Nakba Day on May 15....
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Greater Damascus: The final touches on the new demographic map

  • “Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa,” wrote The Independent’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk. He did mention that Eastern Ghouta is a besieged “enclave,” but he did...
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Some return to the past, others look to the future

  • Afew days ago, I attended the World Government Summit in Dubai. Boasting contributions from a select group of leading political, economic, scientific and intellectual figures, it took place a few days before the seventh anniversary of the popular uprising that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s rule in...
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Some return to the past, others look to the future

  • A few days ago, I attended the World Government Summit in Dubai. Boasting contributions from a select group of leading political, economic, scientific and intellectual figures, it took place a few days before the seventh anniversary of the popular uprising that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s rule in...
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Syria and Lebanon: Confusion and mixed signals

  • Several developments took place in the Arab world last week that reflect the danger in misreading regional and international changes. That has been especially the case in Syria and Lebanon, where local players have been confused in reading the situations and positioning themselves....
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Looking at Catalonia crisis in a wider context

  • The worst has come to pass, and the two protagonists of the Catalonia crisis have slid into open confrontation. Barcelona is unhappy with the marriage, and Madrid is unwilling to entertain a divorce. Madrid regards the pro-independence Catalan government as rebels, and the independence referendum...
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Iran’s jaw-dropping hypocrisy on Qatar crisis

  • There is a famous saying that “in politics, there is neither a lasting friendship nor a permanent enmity, but rather a permanent interest.” It is true. The most successful policies are the most realistic ones, in which pragmatism trumps principles. Take the US, established by its Founding Fat...
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Hopefully it is the beginning of the end for Assad

  • Forget about fake “nationalist” condemnation and crocodile tears for a doubtful “sovereignty,” since Syria has become nothing but a mailbox where regional and international political messages are exchanged. Instead, look deeper at a situation where human lives have become irrelevant in the fa...
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Soleimani’s occupations through war, peace and agreements

  • Those familiar with how Iran’s political institutions work explain Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s intended appearances in photos and films shot in Arab battlefields where his militias fight, and the broadcasting of them on TV and online social networks, as part of the “psychological warfare” that Tehran...
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