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The unlikely demise of the Arab Spring

  • News of the premature demise of the Arab Spring, the spontaneous wave of mass protests calling for regime change and political rights, are greatly exaggerated. Those who believe that the phenomenon is over and done with rest their prognosis on a number of factors. Since the contagion reached...
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Libya moving in right direction

  • There is good news coming from Libya: The country’s first free and open legislative election in nearly five decades has been an outstanding success. Yes last Saturday’s vote was marred by isolated attacks on polling stations, especially in the eastern region in and around Benghazi, but it could...
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Putin’s political bombshell

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped a political bombshell Monday when he ordered the immediate withdrawal of most of his troops from Syria just as the second round of the so-called Geneva 3 talks between Damascus and the opposition was about to begin. Until Putin made his unexpected move the...
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Paving the way for Abbas’ successor

  • Palestinians are pinning high hopes on the outcome of Fatah’s seventh congress, which opened in Ramallah on Tuesday, against a background of critical internal divisions within the movement as well as the rift between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas in Gaza. About 1,400 delegates are...
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Long road to Astana

  • Between now and the convening of Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana in mid-January, anything could happen that could derail the historic cease-fire agreement reached by Russia and Turkey, and embraced by most opposition groups and the Damascus regime.Despite a number of breaches by...
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Paris conference: Mourning the two-state solution

  • Throughout its tragic and tumultuous history spanning nearly a century (beginning roughly with the 1917 Balfour Declaration), the Palestinian national cause has never seen a more surreal and bizarre period as the one it finds itself ensnared in today. One can describe the plight of the Palesti...
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Only Palestinian unity can thwart US-Israeli onslaught

  • There was an ironic sense of déjà vu surrounding Sunday’s meeting of the Palestinian Central Committee in Ramallah; a feeling that we have been here before. And that is true in many ways. Almost two years ago, the PCC met and adopted what was described then as tough decisions against Israel,...
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Why America’s ‘ultimate deal’ for peace may still fail

  • There has been much speculation over President Donald Trump’s plan to reach an “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians and, until Dec. 6, when the US president announced his infamous decision with regard to Jerusalem, the Palestinian leadership was cautiously optimistic over its...
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Elusive Palestinian reconciliation now more urgent than ever

  • Of all the admittedly limited options that are available to President Mahmoud Abbas to offset the repercussions of Donald Trump’s controversial proclamation on Jerusalem and his much-touted Middle East peace plan, ending inter-Palestinian schism is beyond doubt the most relevant and most...
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Abbas ups the ante by going to the PNC

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is taking preemptive steps in preparation for the possible unveiling of a new Middle East peace plan by the White House, which is most likely to be announced in the next two months. He has called the Palestine National Council, the closest thing to a...
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