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Waking up to reality

  • Families fall out with each other all the time, but very often the ties of blood prevail. On the occasions they don’t, it’s a “lose-lose situation” for all. The same could be said for the spat between certain Gulf Cooperation Council states (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) and...
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Better late than never

  • Once respected, perhaps even admired as an economic and social model, Turkey now risks losing allies. The proof, in a contest to win a two-year non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which Ankara considered a done deal after it received letters of support from 160...
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Abbas pulls no punches

  • The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has been playing by America’s rules for years and received nothing for his efforts apart from empty promises. Unlike his fiery predecessor, Yasser Arafat, until now he’s adopted a non-combative, compromising stance and been taken to task by his...
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IS goes on the back foot

  • The monsters running amok in Iraq and Syria identify themselves as Muslims, although their actions show they are anything but. At last this oxymoronic reality has been recognized by a western nation. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says his ministry is changing its terminology when...
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Egypt is back on track

  • President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi has a mammoth task ahead of him and he knows it. Modernizing a country, whose institutions, educational facilities, hospitals and infrastructure have been chipped away by neglect or corruption for decades, can’t happen in a blink of an eye. He’s been careful not to...
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Hamas making mistakes

  • A few weeks ago, Hamas was riding high in the court of public opinion, evidenced by massive street demonstrations in capitals all over the world. The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement experienced a surge. Major supermarket chains kicked Israeli-made produce from their shelves,...
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Is this the twilight zone?

  • Don't know about you, but I’m experiencing a discomforting sense of unreality. Our once familiar world, where we more or less knew the rules, has changed into what one of my friends on social media described as “a creepy Disneyland,” except it’s infinitely creepier than Disney-like. Have the...
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US shielding a rogue state

  • On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama not to “second-guess” him on how Hamas should be treated. At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry is being vilified in the Israeli media for mishandling his role as an intermediary, prompting strong...
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Gaza’s pain prolonged by unrealistic goals

  • Civilians are being slaughtered while the world debates and apportions blame. However playing the blame game is a mere academic exercise at this juncture. What’s important is to stop the bloodshed. We’ve all seen the apocalyptic landscape in northern Gaza created by Israel Defense Forces (IDF)...
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And so the killing goes on

  • I’ve just seen a photograph of the sweetest tiny girl, a Palestinian child little more than a baby, hugging her dead father. I’ve watched televised footage of a distraught father clinging to his young daughter who’s missing half her head, screaming “Please wake up. I’ve brought you a toy.” There...
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