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Bright future for Egypt

  • Egypt marks two years of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s tenure. It’s been a tough road in many respects, but his shoulders have been sufficiently broad to bear the heavy weight of unforeseen incidents dragging on the economy. Unfortunately, the foreign media tends to overlook the good news...
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Solution for Syria recedes

  • It was almost in the bag. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov thrashed out a cessation of hostilities for months to allow aid convoys to reach stricken areas. The mood changed for the better; hope, albeit fragile, was in the air.Residents of eastern Aleppo...
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Tensions between global powers hurt Syrians

  • As long as Moscow and Washington pull in opposite directions there is no resolution to the Syrian conflict. Each side’s goal is to project power. Bombs, guns and threats are worsening one of the most catastrophic and complex civil wars in living history.What began as a civilian uprising in 2011...
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The UN, on Syria and Israel, is all talk and no bite

  • If there is one word to describe the UN, formed in the aftermath of World War II to ensure “never again,” it is “toothless.” Recent votes taken by the General Assembly and the 15-member Security Council, as well-meaning as they were, only serve to illustrate the so-called international community...
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Muslim Brotherhood’s loyalties under a cloud

  • I CAN'T count how many Egyptian and foreign envoys have insisted that the country’s roadmap must include members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The word “inclusive” has become the international community’s mantra, echoed by a slew of Western opinion writers. But while...
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UK and Spain between a rock and a hard place

  • According to legend, if the apes desert Gibraltar (derived from its Arabic name Jebel Tariq in honor of the Umayyad commander Tariq bin Ziyad), so will the British. So when the numbers of Barbary Macaques began dwindling during World War II, Sir Winston Churchill swiftly sent off for replacements...
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Quandary over Syria

  • What can the international community do to rescue the besieged Syrian people? When most governments around the world blame the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack on citizens within several suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21, there are grave disputes on how to prevent such further attacks.On...
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A pariah that should be shunned by all

  • Saudi Arabia’s decision to call a spade a spade by branding the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) “terrorist” along with other groups bent on destabilizing the Arab world was wise. It is not the moderate organization that it deceitfully portrays itself. It’s rather a shape-shifter molding its statements...
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Crimea’s decided so what’s next?

  • President Putin has shrugged off US/EU threats to isolate Moscow economically and has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution invalidating the results of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea. He’s hardly flavor of the month with western leaderships but his popularity is soaring at home; his...
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Arab unity: Much more needs to be done

  • The theme of the recent Arab League meet held in Kuwait was solidarity. A worthy but overly ambitious goal when almost half of the League’s member countries are experiencing conflict or interior turmoil, while others hold competing worldviews. Arab leaderships traditionally recoil from airing...
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