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A deal that was bound to fail

  • Syria's truce has unraveled as many observers had predicted. Lack of confidence between the US and Russia has marred a last minute agreement by the foreign secretaries of the two countries from the start. It was an agreement that lacked transparency and took many parties by surprise. Until...
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A game changer in Syria?

  • The coming few days will be decisive in determining the effect of the newly formed coalition of anti-government opposition and revolutionary forces on the future of the Syrian regime and the armed uprising that is raging in Syria to topple it. The new front came into being in Doha after days of...
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A huge moral challenge

  • As international and regional players continue to search for a formula that could facilitate a political solution in Syria, the humanitarian crisis in that country is reaching unprecedented levels. Both the regime and some opposition groups, including Daesh, are guilty of blatant war crimes that...
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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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Abbas fails to chart a new course for his people

  • The convening of the 23rd ordinary session of the Palestine National Council in Ramallah last week was all about one man: Mahmoud Abbas. The 83-year-old Palestinian leader brushed aside opponents and forced his way to holding the PNC, the closest thing to a parliament, in the Occupied Territori...
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Abbas takes a leap of faith into the unknown

  • President Mahmoud Abbas has always known that he can never fill the shoes of his predecessor Yasser Arafat, the avuncular leader of the Palestinian people. Arafat’s fiery charisma and intuitive style of leadership were in contrast to Abbas’ reserved demeanor and bureaucrat-like appearance. For...
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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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Abbas’ new strategy

  • It has been more than two weeks since Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered what became known as his strongest speech from the UN’s General Assembly podium. This is time the 75-year-old did not offer compromises or speak hopefully about the two-state solution. He condemned “Israeli...
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Again at a crossroads

  • The failure of a Palestinian/Arab bid to pass a resolution last week at the UN Security Council essentially setting a deadline to end the Israeli occupation and allowing for the creation of an independent Palestinian state has triggered a series of reactions that threaten to drive the two sides...
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All is not quiet on the Libyan front

  • Libya has not been much in the news lately but that does not mean that all is good. Five years after western powers intervened militarily in that country — in the height of the so-called Arab Spring — resulting in the collapse of the regime of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi and his subsequent...
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