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Libya: Reconciliation at last?

  • Most likely some Libyan factions will sign a peace deal today, Wednesday, in Morocco. Representatives from the General National Congress in Tripoli and the Council of Deputies in Tubruk — the latter enjoys international recognition — have declared that they will sign the deal even though there...
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Ending the Syrian crisis

  • UN Security Council resolution 2254 on Syria, which was adopted unanimously on Friday, offers the most comprehensive and detailed road map to date to end the five-year Syrian conflict. It enshrines the principles and points of agreement that had emerged from previous meetings in Geneva and Vienna...
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Hunger: Weapon of choice for Assad

  • Like everything else in the Syrian conflict the international community was late to step in to end the horrific suffering of the residents of Madaya, a small town northwest of Damascus, which has been under strict siege for more than six months. Only recently did shocking images and video footage...
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Syria peace deal elusive as ever

  • The much-anticipated Geneva negotiations between the Syrian opposition and the Damascus regime did not take place on Jan. 25 as planned. Dubbed “Geneva 3,” the meeting, also called proximity talks, would have launched a long and arduous political process, under Security Council resolution 2254,...
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Syrians left to suffer

  • The collapse of the preparatory round of Geneva 3 talks last week was expected. The government delegation was not ready to acquiesce to opposition demands that the humanitarian clauses of UN Security Council resolution on Syria 2254 be implemented in order to create the right conditions for...
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A maze of dead ends

  • Amid the deep schisms, military escalation and political confusion in Syria today it is difficult to believe that a political breakthrough will succeed in ending the war, put the country on the road to democracy, help it maintain its geographic integrity, disarm hundreds of armed rebel groups,...
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Sudden interest in Palestine

  • It has been some time since US Secretary of State John Kerry talked about the two-state solution, illegal Israeli settlements and “tensions”— that should read daily Israeli provocations — at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. This week he met with Jordan’s King Abdallah and later held meeting with...
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Iran not likely to change

  • The apparent victory of moderates and reformists in Iran’s parliamentary elections this Friday has stunned hard-liners as it underlined the state of electorate mood and gave credence to President Hassan Rouhani’s reformist agenda. What is more important though was the big win that Rouhani’s camp...
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Changing dynamics of Syrian conflict

  • The last week’s recapture of the historic city of Palmyra by the Syrian regime’s forces marked an important turning point in the five-year conflict that has destroyed much of the country, killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. It was the first major battle between regime forces,...
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Syria’s humanitarian crisis

  • Even if at one point in time a political solution is achieved ending years of bloody conflict in Syria, the international community should not compromise on a pledge to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by various parties against civilians and combatants. Only last week...
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