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THE RUTHLESS TREE OF DICTATORSHIP TOPPLES

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SHARJAH REACHES OUT

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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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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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THE IRANIAN PEOPLE

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: A CHANGING POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

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“The prime minister has been clear: If Exxon lays a finger on this territory they will face the Iraqi army,” Sami Al Askari, a member of parliament and a Maliki confidant, warned in December. “We don’t want war, but we will go to war for oil and Iraqi sovereignty.”

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