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If Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro wins upcoming elections, as analysts expect, it will likely mean the continuation of the late president’s foreign policy vis-a- vis the Arab world. “It was Maduro who orchestrated Venezuela’s pro-Assad foreign policy in the first place. Indeed, Maduro even travelled to Damascus in an effort to shore up the Syrian dictator,” wrote Nikolas Kozloff, author of the book Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left.
The rise of political Islam ushered in by the Arab Spring has turned sour so quickly it is leading to debate over whether the region is already experiencing a post-Islamist era.
This article appears in this months edition of the Middle East magazine.
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.
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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