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Rouhani faces multiple challenges

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Iranians will discover in the coming weeks whether or not the nuclear crisis has been resolved, a move that would lead to the lifting of sanctions. For the time being, Tehran must  find ways of coping with falling oil prices … Continue reading

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Dangerous fallout from Hizbullah’s Israeli spy scandal By Ed Blanche in Beirut The reported discovery of an Israeli spy cell in the upper echelons of Hizbullah’s much-vaunted security apparatus and the betrayal of a string of operations against the Jewish … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s environmental emergency

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  UN Officer of Humanitarian Affairs John Ging recently described the Syrian conflict as the biggest humanitarian crisis faced by the world. While the outbreak of the war has had devastating consequences on the lives of over three million refugees, analysts … Continue reading

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Will Tunisia’s new brooms sweep clean enough?

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The victory of Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunisia’s first free presidential elections has been widely welcomed. But Islamists and young Arab spring revolutionaries across the region will see the outcome as a further sign of the return of the old … Continue reading

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 An Iraqi dilemma   Iraq faces a difficult 2015 with the battle against Islamic State (IS) and the fall-out from declining oil prices. However, Gerald Butt says these challenges could help the authorities in their efforts to tackle corruption. The … Continue reading

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Oil crisis opens multiple fissures

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A downturn in the global oil price has put the cat among the pigeons. Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al Naimi has said that even if the price of a barrel drops to $20 OPEC will not be reducing production, indicating … Continue reading

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Palestine: Time to Stop Buying Time

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By Nadia Hijab and Diana Buttu It is not a question of signing up to more international conventions, seeking another Advisory Opinion (which might not prove as favourable), or of going to the UN Security Council to seek an end date … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . In search of a Lebanese president

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  By Marwan Asmar Since the end of the presidential term of Michael Slieman last May, Lebanon has been in political deadlock, with no real clue as to who the next president of the country might be. Leaving aside the machinations, … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online…Stalemate in Syria

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A clear military victor in the Syria conflict is unlikely to emerge in the coming year, and in order to save lives and rescue the country from total destruction all parties need to consider a fresh approach, Gerald Butt argues. … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . .Iran and the Caliphate: Fears of a Sunni avalanche

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By Ed Blanche in Beirut The Iranian regime is becoming increasingly concerned at what it sees as a ring of Sunni militancy on all its borders, with the Islamic State (IS) and its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria, as … Continue reading

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