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Syria and Lebanon: Confusion and mixed signals

  • Several developments took place in the Arab world last week that reflect the danger in misreading regional and international changes. That has been especially the case in Syria and Lebanon, where local players have been confused in reading the situations and positioning themselves....
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Greater Damascus: The final touches on the new demographic map

  • “Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa,” wrote The Independent’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk. He did mention that Eastern Ghouta is a besieged “enclave,” but he did...
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Middle East’s problems have never been so far from settlement

  • The blood that was shed in the occupied Palestinian territories on the anniversary of Land Day will be followed by more of the same if the “March of Return” continues until Nakba Day on May 15....
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Syrians at mercy of ‘Washington barber’

  • Although Syria’s tragedy is too painful to be associated with humor, the suffering that both Moscow and Washington are inflicting on the Syrian people reminds us of a kind of a ‘black comedy’ joke.It goes like this: A barber was very keen on his son inheriting his ‘salon’, but the young man wasn...
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A justified military response

  • Only firm action works with those who respect no agreements and enter into dialogue just to gain time. Such elements understand nothing but the language of force.Houthis, their foreign and domestic collaborators, turned the outcomes of the Yemen National Dialogue Conference into a travesty in the...
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IS — an Iranian tool

  • The two terrorist attacks targeting mosques in Al-Qadeeh and Dammam in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia prove that the Kingdom is fighting a real war.Even before Operation Decisive Storm was launched in Yemen, Iran’s leaders were scrambling to issue one threat after another against Saudi...
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Time for safe havens in ME

  • Political, social and economic problems neither solve themselves nor dissolve and disappear with time. They require honesty with oneself and others as well as practical and courageous commitment to change unacceptable facts on the ground. Think of how President Barack Obama is handling US...
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So much for ‘red lines’

  • Last Friday marked the second anniversary of the chemical weapons attacks perpetrated by the Syrian regime against the towns and villages of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.That day, according to reliable sources, the area covering the eastern and northeastern suburbs of the city were shelled in the...
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When Obama talks, Putin acts

  • Like many, I listened the other day to Barack Obama talking about the Russian military intervention in Syria. In his talk the American president criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s refusal to distinguish between the Daesh and Syria’s moderate opposition, regarding the Russian president...
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Role of Assad clan in Syria

  • The unfolding Syrian crisis is now looking more and more like a carbon copy of the Palestinian crisis. Almost all the ‘constants’ of world powers toward the near east in the aftermath of the First World War remain unchanged. We are still living the same religious, cultural, interest-based...
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