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Why Israel is running scared

  • What frightened Israel so much that it killed at least 17 unarmed Palestinians and injured hundreds more, who were among the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters gathering along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel last Friday? Scores of snipers were deployed and they had shoot-to-kill orders...
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Syria now the center of a major international face-off

  • A week is a long time in politics, as recent events in Syria have underlined once again. First US President Donald Trump shocked and confused both allies and foes when he announced, off-script, that he wanted to pull the US military out of Syria “very soon.” That statement took the Pentagon and...
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South Syria flare-up presents a security challenge for Jordan 

  • A string of Russian statements on the future of Syria have reverberated across the region amidst rising tension between Moscow and Washington following last week’s trilateral strikes against Assad regime targets. The Western strikes were in retaliation for a chemical attack in Douma earlier thi...
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Abbas fails to chart a new course for his people

  • The convening of the 23rd ordinary session of the Palestine National Council in Ramallah last week was all about one man: Mahmoud Abbas. The 83-year-old Palestinian leader brushed aside opponents and forced his way to holding the PNC, the closest thing to a parliament, in the Occupied Territori...
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Iran nuclear deal may end up shrinking EU’s political clout

  • Time is running out for the European Union to salvage the Iran nuclear deal following this month’s decision by US President Donald Trump to unilaterally pull his country out of the 2015 agreement. The foreign ministers of France, Britain, Germany and the EU have been holding talks with their Ir...
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US-Russia cooperation will be crucial in post-war Syria

  • By most accounts, the Syrian civil war is slowly winding down and its final chapter is already being written. But there will not be a clean-cut conclusion to the bloody conflict that has claimed the lives of almost half a million people, displaced 12 million and destroyed at least one-third of ...
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Netanyahu’s showmanship fails to deflect attention from occupation

  • Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thriving in the age of populist politics and ultranationalist, crowd-steering tirades. In fact, these have been his tactics since the mid-1990s, when he was depicted as a rabble-rouser as he attacked then-premier Yitzhak Rabin for signing the Osl...
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Sudan celebrates crucial deal but many challenges lie in wait

  • Almost four months on from the dramatic toppling of Omar Al-Bashir’s 30-year autocratic rule of Sudan, the military and a coalition of the country’s opposition announced earlier this week that they had finally reached a power-sharing deal. The deal, still to be signed by the two sides, involves...
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The Russian factor in the Syrian crisis

  • In a long-winded speech before Syria’s newly elected Parliament on Sunday, President Bashar Assad offered no new initiatives to end the 15-month-long popular uprising against his regime. Instead he appeared to be in a state of denial, refusing to recognize the legitimate demands of his...
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Egypt: Anything can happen now!

  • Everything in Egypt is possible nowadays. The runoff presidential election, slated for June 16-17, will be held on time, but then again it might not. On Thursday, June 14, the Higher Constitutional Court will rule on constitutionality of the so-called Political Isolation Law. The ruling could go...
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