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UK must commit to Canada-US model in Brexit talks

  • The overarching objective for Theresa May’s patchwork government of Remainers, Leavers and Northern Irish Unionists is reaching the best possible terms for the UK’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union. With increasingly defined parameters from No. 10, it is clear the UK will not budge on...
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What Tillerson’s exit means for efforts to resolve GCC crisis

  • The firing earlier this week of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson happened just ahead of three official visits to Washington, during which the Qatar-centered diplomatic crisis will top the administration’s agenda. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to arrive on Monday, followed at the end...
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More must be done to stop Iran's human rights abuses

  • Respect for human rights in Iran has deteriorated even further. According to the latest report from the United Nations, “the Special Rapporteur (the late Asma Jahangir) has observed a worrying picture developing in the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of...
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Congo slipping back toward civil war

  • As Joseph Kabila plays video games in Kinshasa surrounded by the only functioning military entity in the Congo, the Presidential Guard, the people grow weary of his pretexts for remaining in power. Having taken over following the assassination of his father Laurent-Désiré in 2001, the...
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The dawn of a new world Order?

  • Just over 100 years ago, the great Anglo-Polish novelist Joseph Conrad published “The Secret Agent.” The story’s central character is a man called Verloc, who is in the pay of a foreign power represented by a diplomat named Vladimir, who presses him to commit an act of violent provocation against...
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Iran ratcheting up assaults on Iraqi Kurds

  • One of the most conflict-affected areas in Iraq is currently the northern Kurdish region. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) recently pointed out that the region faces a humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Many are pointing...
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Trump’s Nowruz ‘gift’ to Tehran: John Bolton

  • Iranians began celebrating Nowruz on March 21, and while the country is on holiday, not many people feel happy and relaxed as the news signals stormy days ahead. The fact that US President Donald Trump’s current focus is on Iran has not escaped the Iranian public, who are keeping an anxious eye...
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Turkey and Europe stuck with one another

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently met, among others, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk and Bulgarian President Boyko Borisov in Varna, Bulgaria. Turkey called it a summit, while Germany and the other EU nations termed it a leaders’ meeting...
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France seeks a more active Middle East role

  • France has colonial ties with a quarter of the Arab world, but the long shadow of violent wars of independence and a focus on West Africa have meant that it always held back from taking a lead role in the region. However, in a departure from his predecessors, President Emmanuel Macron has shown...
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What May must do to keep fringe at bay

  • Thursday’s UK local elections results revealed a mixed picture for Prime Minister Theresa May, who is now entering a critical political period with final-stage Brexit negotiations imminent. The opposition Labour Party had its best success since the early 1970s in London, making n...
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