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Refugees have become pawns in a political power struggle

  • Thousands of refugees are on the move. Wars, failing states and brutal regimes, as well as climate change, have consequences. The refugees will, as ever, find the path of least resistance to the richer nations of the world, not least the EU. Where once the entry points were via the Aegean and M...
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UNRWA needs proper funding so it can focus on its work

  • One of the most thankless tasks in the entire UN system is having to go and rattle the begging bowl in front of international donors. Few agency heads have a tougher challenge in this field than the commissioner-general of the UN Relief and Works Agency, a body created specifically and solely t...
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No room for half measures at vital climate change summit

  • If this is the most important summit of our lifetime at COP26 in Glasgow, the omens are far from positive. Recent global conferences have largely been lame, notable for arguments and vacuous verbiage rather than critical progress. Multilateralism has been on life support. This time, the UK — t...
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Forcing Syrian refugees to return home is no solution

  • The same question keeps getting asked and the same answer keeps coming back. Is it safe for the 5.5 million Syrian refugees languishing in neighboring countries to return home? It is a question that will not go away because of the scale of the challenge, given that, aside from the Palestinians,...
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UK pandemic report delivers a somber warning

  • No country can afford to wait until the global pandemic has ended before determining the proper lessons to be learned. The stakes are too high. That is why a UK parliamentary select committee report into the coronavirus published on Oct. 12 received so much attention. The findings are stark, de...
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Malaria milestone shows that inequality is the real enemy

  • Are we about to say a long goodbye to one of history’s great killers? The breakthrough malaria vaccine announced last week is a major advance in tackling the parasite and one that could lead to its eradication. The World Health Organization said that following successful pilot schemes in Ghana...
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How firms profit from pain in the wild West Bank

  • It is increasingly the wild, wild West Bank, as lawless armed Israeli settler groups seize land while attacking Palestinian civilians, smashing property, ravaging crops and assaulting those they wish to push out of their homes. There is no sheriff, no “Magnificent Seven” to hold off these cowb...
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Leading parties jostle for power in a fragmented Germany

  • After one of the closest elections in modern German history, the ultimate winners and losers may take some time to emerge. In 2017, it took more than four months for Angela Merkel to form a coalition, and who would bet against her making this year’s Christmas speech as caretaker chancellor? Th...
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Tone-deaf tweet fuels the conspiracy pandemic

  • We live in a world of influencers, social media titans and mega-celebrities. Their brands are measured in the millions of followers on various platforms. Such is their power that a single post can ruin a company or destroy careers. They can fuel rumors and conspiracies on a scale never before s...
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Deraa suffers as Assad seeks international acceptance

  • Earlier this year, Syrians and others marked with sadness and anger the 10 years since the protests against the Assad regime broke out in the southern city of Deraa. Few thought then that, a decade later, the Syrian regime would be still bombarding its opponents in areas of this city. It has sh...
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