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Widening cracks in US-Israeli relations

  • It wasn’t so long ago that Washington and Tel Aviv had each other’s back unconditionally. While it’s true that there’s always been behind-closed-doors disagreements, but spats were rarely publicized. At one time the relationship was considered almost sacrosanct. Israel was, arguably, America’s...
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Ukraine’s not out of the woods

  • The pro-Europe protesters in Kiev succeeded in dislodging a president for which they’ve paid an unexpected price. The Crimean Peninsula is lost to them, perhaps forever; the majority of their military personnel based there have defected to Russia — and there may be a lot worse to come. It’s an...
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Arab unity: Much more needs to be done

  • The theme of the recent Arab League meet held in Kuwait was solidarity. A worthy but overly ambitious goal when almost half of the League’s member countries are experiencing conflict or interior turmoil, while others hold competing worldviews. Arab leaderships traditionally recoil from airing...
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Crimea’s decided so what’s next?

  • President Putin has shrugged off US/EU threats to isolate Moscow economically and has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution invalidating the results of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea. He’s hardly flavor of the month with western leaderships but his popularity is soaring at home; his...
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A pariah that should be shunned by all

  • Saudi Arabia’s decision to call a spade a spade by branding the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) “terrorist” along with other groups bent on destabilizing the Arab world was wise. It is not the moderate organization that it deceitfully portrays itself. It’s rather a shape-shifter molding its statements...
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Quandary over Syria

  • What can the international community do to rescue the besieged Syrian people? When most governments around the world blame the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack on citizens within several suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21, there are grave disputes on how to prevent such further attacks.On...
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UK and Spain between a rock and a hard place

  • According to legend, if the apes desert Gibraltar (derived from its Arabic name Jebel Tariq in honor of the Umayyad commander Tariq bin Ziyad), so will the British. So when the numbers of Barbary Macaques began dwindling during World War II, Sir Winston Churchill swiftly sent off for replacements...
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Muslim Brotherhood’s loyalties under a cloud

  • I CAN'T count how many Egyptian and foreign envoys have insisted that the country’s roadmap must include members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The word “inclusive” has become the international community’s mantra, echoed by a slew of Western opinion writers. But while...
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West throws Syrians to the wolves

  • Syria's devastation is yet another example of the evils of foreign interference in a nation’s internal affairs. A popular “Arab Spring” uprising morphed into a bloody civil war due to Bashar Assad’s arrogance who disingenuously termed the opposition “criminals,” “terrorists” and “foreign...
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Syria: Only rhetoric, no action

  • US President Barack Obama has finally warmed to the idea of arming and training Syrian opposition forces after quashing a similar plan touted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus last February. He says he’s altered his mind because he has...
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