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THE RUTHLESS TREE OF DICTATORSHIP TOPPLES

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SHARJAH REACHES OUT

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IRAN: DIPLOMATIC RANSOM, BY DR. BEHRUZ BEHBUDI

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JORDANIAN ELECTIONS : WE REPORT ON THE RESULTS

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FOCUS ON OMAN

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KURDISH NEWS : GIVING PEACE A CHANCE

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Observers of the on-going peace talks between incarcerated Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) head Abdullah Öcalan and the Turkish government to end a three-decade- long conflict are cautiously optimistic that a deal can be reached. Deep fatigue from conflict on both sides, a shared understanding that force alone cannot neutralise the PKK nor convince the Turkish state to significantly bolster the protection of Kurdish rights, along with greater support for talks from a larger cross-section of the Turkish population, are cited as the ingredients for potential success. Political will on the part of the Turkish authorities and their negotiating partners has also been a deciding factor.

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ISRAELI ELECTIONS: THE DYE IS CAST

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It is not outlandish to believe that its main purpose was to galvanise Arab citizens – those of Palestinian origin – to vote, in the knowledge that their participation hinders right-wing parties. Some of the speakers at the signing ceremony urged Israeli-Arabs, who comprise more than 20% of the population, to do so in larger numbers than before. Whether this covenant is sincere, or simply an electoral ploy, remains to be seen. “I don’t expect a change in reality,” said Jaraisy. “Prove to me differently.”

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HEALTH IN THE UAE

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REFORMS AND ELECTIONS IN OMAN: MIXED REACTION FROM FEMALE VOTERS

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New members of Oman’s municipal councils, voted into power at the end of last year, are settling into office. The democratic election of local people to the councils is expected to have a significant impact on decision making in the Sultanate. The elections in December 2012 marked a double first, when Omanis were invited to elect municipal officials for their own wiliyats and the process was conducted electronically.

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THE IRANIAN PEOPLE

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