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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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The Russian factor in the Syrian crisis

  • In a long-winded speech before Syria’s newly elected Parliament on Sunday, President Bashar Assad offered no new initiatives to end the 15-month-long popular uprising against his regime. Instead he appeared to be in a state of denial, refusing to recognize the legitimate demands of his...
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Egypt: Anything can happen now!

  • Everything in Egypt is possible nowadays. The runoff presidential election, slated for June 16-17, will be held on time, but then again it might not. On Thursday, June 14, the Higher Constitutional Court will rule on constitutionality of the so-called Political Isolation Law. The ruling could go...
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Is Middle East headed for another war?

  • Will there be a war in the Middle East this summer? It is a question that is frequently asked by pundits and laymen alike this time of the year, every year. The Middle East is always a good candidate for an outbreak of regional or international conflict. For decades the Arab-Israeli conflict was...
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Egypt: Uneasy partnership

  • Sooner, rather than later, Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president will have to demonstrate that he is not a ceremonial ruler of one of the most influential countries in the Arab world and Africa....
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