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Investment the best way to alleviate hardship in Tunisia

  • The self-immolation of street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi in December 2010 became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring. Having grown up in a rural town blighted by corruption, where he was rejected from public jobs and therefore unable to earn a living, h...
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Iran sanctions leave global powers divided

  • When US President Donald Trump decided to tear up what had become known as the Iran nuclear deal, the EU, among others, was concerned about the trade arrangements it had with Iran. The incentive of international trade was central to persuading Iran to bring its nuclear program into line. After...
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Iraq needs to return home by rejoining Arab fold

  • The Iraqi people’s long-hoped-for stable and inclusive government remains a distant prospect almost two decades after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The end of Baath Party rule has not seen the country flower into a progressive society, rebuilt by the country’s great natural wealth; instead, succe...
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Iraq steps slowly back into the Arab fold

  • As a founding member of the Arab League and bastion of Arab nationalism, Iraq has traditionally held great sway in regional politics. Its over-involvement in regional affairs under Saddam Hussein, however, has been replaced by its near disappearance since 2003. The government, led by Prime Min...
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Iraq’s armed forces urgently need reform

  • The unsettling detail of the Iraqi army’s final conquest of Mosul from terrorist forces was the sectarian flags and icons that decorated military vehicles. The recapture seemed a pyrrhic victory that was caught up in the religious, ethnic and political divisions that plague Iraq. With a suppo...
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Is Assad out from the cold?

  • At the outset of the Arab Spring, President Bashar Assad’s Syria was part of a very clear regional setup. Despite its sister Baathist regime in Baghdad toppled and its hidden hand pried off of Lebanon, Syria relished its unchallenged mantle of Arab nationalism in a region where only Jordan and ...
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Is China set for a Xi dynasty?

  • As many as 19 dynasties had their moment in the sun during China’s long imperial history — and now it seems there may well be a 20th. Last week, China’s Communist Party proposed removing the 10-year presidential term limit from the country’s constitution, potentially paving the way for leader Xi...
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Is it time to talk about peace with Assad?

  • Were it not for a 1994 car accident that killed his elder brother Bassel, shy ophthalmologist Bashar Assad may never have been thrust into the center of power in Syria. Though Assad was never groomed for power, he has, since 2011, displayed an absolute commitment to retain control at any cost. ...
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Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ spending spree is inadequate

  • Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech during his visit to Dudley College of Technology in Dudley, Britain, June 30, 2020. (Reuters) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week announced £5 billion ($6.2 billion) in pledges for infrastructure building. His much-hy...
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Katie Hopkins: the rise and fall of a vile Islamophobe

  • The curious infamy of Katie Hopkins has increased as she seeks to avoid bankruptcy after a British court ordered that she pay damages and legal costs for making defamatory comments. The columnist and radio host has achieved notoriety for her racist extreme-right views, and the London radio stat...
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