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A huge moral challenge

  • As international and regional players continue to search for a formula that could facilitate a political solution in Syria, the humanitarian crisis in that country is reaching unprecedented levels. Both the regime and some opposition groups, including Daesh, are guilty of blatant war crimes that...
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Ending Al-Maliki’s legacy

  • IRAQI Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi’s recent political awakening is the most positive development the embattled country has seen since it was invaded by the US in 2003. Triggered by spontaneous public protests, in mostly Shiite populated areas, over rampant corruption and poor public services,...
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New KSA plans for regional crises

  • There is a new dynamic in the region that could result in a diplomatic breakthrough culminating in a political resolution to two key conflicts: Syria and Yemen. A number of factors have come together to launch a momentum that is picking pace almost every day. The agreement over Iran’s nuclear...
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Yemen on path of attrition war

  • The failure of last week’s Geneva talks over the crisis in Yemen was expected, but what was surprising was the indifference that the Houthi-Saleh delegation demonstrated toward efforts to agree on a general framework for a political settlement. The rebels’ delegation snubbed all attempts to...
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Foiling Iran’s plans in Yemen

  • A month after a Saudi-led Arab coalition launched operation “Decisive Storm,” aimed at restoring legitimacy in Yemen, it is possible to say that the airstrikes have succeeded in stemming the tide of the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and halting their...
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Houthi-Saleh alliance asked for it

  • Saudi Arabia’s reaction to the Houthi mutiny in Yemen was expected — and justified. The question was this: How long would the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and other Arab countries, tolerate Iran’s direct interference in Yemen, which has always been an integral part of the Gulf’s national...
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Hadi’s return is a game changer

  • It is not clear how Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has managed to elude his Houthi captors and escape from besieged Sanaa to arrive in the southern city of Aden. Was his release from house arrest facilitated by the Houthis, or did his presidential guards assist him? One thing is clear...
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In the eye of the storm

  • More than a week has passed since the Houthis escalated their takeover of Yemen by besieging and then forcing their way into the presidential palace in Sanaa. It was a symbolic conquest because the militants had already spread their control over much of the capital during the past four months, in...
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Again at a crossroads

  • The failure of a Palestinian/Arab bid to pass a resolution last week at the UN Security Council essentially setting a deadline to end the Israeli occupation and allowing for the creation of an independent Palestinian state has triggered a series of reactions that threaten to drive the two sides...
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Running around in circles

  • A flurry of diplomatic activities centering on the Palestine-Israel conflict is taking place in Europe this week amid signs that the US is trying to revive stalled peace talks as a way to dissuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from pressing ahead with a decision to present a draft...
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