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SYRIA: fears for ancient city of Palmyra

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Islamic State militants have stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacuated and Syria’s antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments. The capture of Palmyra is … Continue reading

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GCC summit “exceeds expectations”

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In what might be characterized as a breakthrough by the trying standards of Middle East diplomacy, US President Barack Obama forged a diplomatic consensus with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) around the possible benefits of a nuclear agreement … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Business as usual between Cairo and the West

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    The renewal of US arms shipments to Egypt has come in spite of the fact some observers claim the country is worse under President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi than it was under its former leader Hosni Mubarak, who lost … Continue reading

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Political Islam is the real problem facing Muslims

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Political Islam has tarnished Muslims and Islam to such an extent that the word “Muslim” is now synonymous with terrorism, misogyny and brutality. It is not good enough to blame the West and the Jews. Muslims must re-examine themselves first … Continue reading

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Iran hits out at Saudi intervention in Yemen

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Iran’s leader condemned the military intervention by its main regional rival Saudi Arabia in Yemen as genocide, sharply escalating Tehran’s rhetoric against the two-week-old campaign of air strikes. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (right), said Saudi Arabia would not emerge victorious from … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . .   Holding the line

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  Gulf Arabs bolster forces as US exits By Ed Blanche   As the Middle East is convulsed by unparalleled upheaval, and faces a sectarian war between the Sunni and Shia Islam that could have cataclysmic consequences, it is no … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . ALGERIA: A brewing crisis

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By Ed Blanche Algeria’s most infamous and politically explosive corruption scandal went to trial in Algiers on 15 March, five years after it burst wide open in a power struggle involving long-serving President Abdelaziz Boutelfika and the widely feared head … Continue reading

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TUNISIA: A blow against democracy

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  What does it mean when fanatics attack relics and mosaics? Simply put, a jihadist front may be expanding to engulf Tunisia in chaos as it has done in neighbouring Libya. There are three possible explanations. It would be easy … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . .   The Bear is back!

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Russia uses arms sales to challenge the West in Middle East By Ed Blanche Russia, its relations with the West deteriorating sharply over the conflict in Ukraine, is stepping up its drive to restore Moscow’s former influence in the Arab … Continue reading

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ISIL feeds on regional chaos

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Several months of fighting have done little to dislodge ISIL. The Pentagon acknowledged in January that the jihadist group had only lost 1 per cent of its territory in Iraq. Meanwhile, the group which acquired some following in North Africa, … Continue reading

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