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ISRAEL’S KRISTALLNACHT

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QUEEN RANIA: INNOCENT UNTIL…

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One Amman professional told The Middle East this week: “It is not Queen Rania personally they are against, it is a modern, forward looking womanin a position of power these people cannot stand the thought of. They say she is pro-Palestinian.So what? More than 50% of Jordanians also have strong associations with Palestine. So far, it isthe only thing they have accused her of that they have been able to prove. Jordan does need political reform but its people do not want to overthrow the monarchy. The Arab Spring has been a wonderful thing for countries like Tunisia, Egypt and Libya but the waves of discontent have spread far and wide and this is what we are experiencing in Jordan at the present time. We need change but controlled and measured change. Anything else would be a parody.”

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MUSCLE FLEXING OVER CYPRUS SPARKS CONCERNS

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On May 14th 2012, two F-15 Israeli aircraft repeatedly violated Turkish airspace over Cyprus; the intruder was then chased off by the Turkish F-16’s scrambled from the Turkish Cypriot air base at Lefkoniko. The five separate intrusions lasted some eight minutes and ocurred between 11.05am and 12.49pm, suggested they were repeated, deliberate provocation, writes Milan Vesely.

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FEARING CHANGE IN ALEPPO

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LETTER FROM CAIRO JULY 2012

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In Egypt, politics are not just something you read about in the newspapers or watch on TV. They are a personal matter, something you feel and that usually hurts. Such was the case last year when President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign. Midan Tahrir derived its power from the complete and fervent consensus that Mubarak, not just the president, but the father figure must go.

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IS LEBANON ON THE BRINK OF BEDLAM ?

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This time around, Syria is concerned that its control of Lebanon is slipping again, with anti-Syrian parties of the March 14 alliance, including Hariri’s Future Movement and Geagea’s Lebanese Forces, allegedly aiding anti-regime forces inside Syria with arms and money.

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A THIRD INTIFADA: WAITING IN THE WINGS ?

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This was the first time that Barghouti had made such an announcement since he was jailed by the Israelis in 2002 for allegedly helping to mastermind the second Palestinian Intifada which broke out in October 2000. Barghouti as the leader of the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades – a militant faction affiliated with the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Fatah movement – was also suspected of being one of the organisers of a wave of suicide bombings carried out against Israeli targets both within the Occupied Palestinian territories and within the Green Line or Israel proper.

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STREET CHILDREN OF AFGHANISTAN

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The West spends thousands of dollars to protect its property and personnel in Afghanistan. Barriers, concrete defence bollards, and AK47-wielding security guards are a common sight. But under the noses of the protected few, children like nine-year-old Zohra are in the streets braving sub-zero temperatures to try to scrape a living.

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A MAGHREBI TINDERBOX

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The Tuareg are fabled desert warriors known as “the blue men” because of the distinctive colour of their robes and the nila vegetable dye they smear on their bodies.

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THE DARK SIDE OF THE ARAB SPRING

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Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s latter day Pharaoh, forced to relinquish power on 11th February 2011, is facing a probable death sentence at a Cairo trial, which he attends on a sickbed inside a cage, accused of mass murder and three decades of corruption.

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