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Algerian reform package meets with mixed reception

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Algeria’s parliament have adopted a package of constitutional reforms  that authorities say will strengthen democracy. However, opponents of the bill doubt it will bring about real change. The reforms are meant to address longstanding public grievances in the North African … Continue reading

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Yemen: “a forgotten crisis”, say U.N.

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Some 14.4 million Yemenis, more than half of the population of Yemen, are food insecure, an increase of 12 per cent in just the last eight months, as ongoing conflict and import restrictions reduce availability and send prices soaring, the … Continue reading

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The beginning of the end of the ‘Caliphate’?

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Two months into the most sustained air campaign against Islamic State oil production in Syria and Iraq, US officials say air strikes have inflicted heavy blows on an industry which had netted the self-proclaimed caliphate more than $1 million a … Continue reading

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Turkey continues to demand Assad’s removal

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Turkey’s prime minister has dismissed any attempt at ending the Syrian war that does not include the removal of the country’s President Bashar Assad. Ahmet Davutoglu (above) commented after the UN Security Council agreed on a draft text for a … Continue reading

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Oman looks East

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Oman’s foreign policy has recently been the subject of considerable analysis. As a country that harbours no hostility toward any government in the world and as the organizer and host of diplomatic talks between global adversaries, Oman has frequently been … Continue reading

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U.K. joins the Syrian debacle

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Britain has joined the war in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, which is already facing mounting domestic and international military pressure against territory and assets under its control. Britain began air strikes just a few hours after … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE. Airstrikes on Syria: In or Out? The UK decides. By Adel Darwish

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British Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal to extend airstrikes against the Islamic State Terror group ( or ISIL – Islamic State in Iraq and Levant ) from Iraq into Syria is expected to be passed by the House of Commons … Continue reading

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Putin orders sanctions on Turkey

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a series of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of Russian figher jet by Turkish forces earlier this week. A decree published on the Kremlin’s website came just hours after Turkey’s President Recep … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST MAGAZINE ONLINE . . . LETTER FROM CAIRO

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When it rains it pours… By Maria Golia in Cairo On the rare occasions when it rains in Cairo, people come out on their balconies to watch. The showers are usually brief and localized; some parts of town get doused, … Continue reading

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Yemen conflict strengthens influence of Al Qaeda

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  Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has a long established presence in Yemen and has exploited the political and security vacuum following the 2011 revolution to expand its territory in the east of the country, especially in Hadramawt province. … Continue reading

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