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Russia-UK clash highlights reality of new cold war

  • When two nuclear powers flex their military muscles at a historical conflict fault line, the world should sit up and pay attention. Different narratives have been circulating as to what happened off the Crimean Peninsula last week, but what is clear is that Russian forces tried to intimidate th...
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Biden-Putin summit may prove to be a mini-turning point

  • It was only two years ago that then-US President Donald Trump went eyeball to eyeball with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki. A divided America was briefly united in shock as Trump appeared to believe Putin rather than his own intelligence agencies regarding Russian interfere...
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G7’s baby steps could ultimately lead to progress

  • There could hardly be a more stunning venue for the first major summit of the G7 in more than a year than Cornwall. A few summer days at the beach are a treat even for world leaders and the UK’s Carbis Bay was some backdrop as they met — some for the first time — under the unique hosting skills...
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Occupation and apartheid is no way forward for Israel

  • Palestinians will be reflecting on the 54th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip this week. Nothing will encourage even the most optimistic among them that they are even one inch closer to seeing the end of this “temporary” occupation. Looking at the likely new Israeli ...
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Islamophobia too readily overlooked in West

  • An inquiry into Islamophobia within the British Conservative Party returned its verdict last week. While it did not find the party guilty of institutional racism, it certainly highlighted disturbing trends. What it did not do, however, is end the debate — one that is ever more relevant, as anti...
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World must seize the moment to end Israeli occupation

  • Israelis are starting to relax after another Benjamin Netanyahu-Hamas ceasefire. After 11 days of violence, Israelis can restart their lives and get out of the shelters. Next week should also see a return to pre-pandemic normality. That is welcome. But not for one second should anyone suggest t...
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Palestinians being failed again by world’s ineffective language

  • A troubling lexicon is trotted out during and after every Israeli war on Gaza, with politicians and journalists helping to create an echo chamber of meaningless blandishments. These may appear harmless to the uninitiated, but they obscure the reality of events and processes on the ground. They ...
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Europe’s conference on its future an intriguing exercise

  • This Sunday was Europe Day. This annual event, celebrated since 1964, marks the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration that kicked off the whole European project back in 1950. That initial union was known as the European Coal and Steel Community. This year’s celebration fell one day after the 7...
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Palestinians should not be denied legitimate representation

  • Palestinians have extraordinarily little say over their own affairs. Most are in exile, more than 5 million are refugees and about 5 million live under military occupation. It is, therefore, tough for many to swallow that all three Palestinian elections scheduled for 2021 — for the legislative ...
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Syrian election charade must be called out by international community

  • So Bashar Assad has decided to run again for Syrian president on May 26. It will not be the most arduous run, but the regime treats this farce as a matter of great national importance. The last presidential poll was back in 2014, when Assad received 88.7 percent of the vote, by far and away th...
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