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Palestinian leadership: Hanging in the Balance

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Palestine has slipped low on the official Arab agenda since the Arab Spring of 2011 and the events it unleashed. True, headlines in the region were briefly dominated by successive Israeli assaults on the Gaza Strip in 2012 and 2014, … Continue reading

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SYRIA: death by ‘unknown hand’ toll continues to rise

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In late August, as Turk­ish forces massed to strike into northern Syria to seize the strate­gic town of Jarabulus to block a drive by Syrian Kurds to es­tablish an independent enclave on Turkey’s southern border, the com­mander of a rebel … Continue reading

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IRAN: still waiting for the post sanctions bonanza

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The United States and Iran had little trust in one another when it came to negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Yet, Iran provided some comfort when it implemented steps necessary to ease sanctions. Four months after Implementation … Continue reading

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Spain’s Calatrava will design UAE’s Expo 2020 pavilion

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Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (right) has won the design competition for the UAE pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. Calatrava’s design, inspired by a falcon in flight, beat competition from 10 other designs, with nine of the world’s top firms represented.The … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Egypt Tourism: counting the cost of conflict

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By Rhona Wells at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai Egypt expects to attract 8.6 million tourists this year, down from 9.3 million in 2015, because of “the current situation”,  a spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Tourism revealed. “We … Continue reading

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IRAN: Did Obama conceed too much?

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U.S President Barack Obama has defended his 2013 decision not to intervene militarily in Syria’s civil war in an interview in the Atlantic. He has blamed everyone except himself. His list of scapegoats include the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Israel and … Continue reading

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ISIS, OIL & ASSAD

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In recent weeks the ISIS oil infrastructure has been on the receiving end of coalition air-strikes. However, locals in Eastern Syria where most oil wells are located say despite the sporadic strikes, oil is still flowing and ISIS is determined … Continue reading

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Bahrain: Hopes for justice and reform fading say Amnesty International

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Five years after a wave of protests demanding widespread reform rocked Bahrain, hopes for progress on human rights and accountability for past and present abuses have faded, say Amnesty International. The mass protests which began on 14 February 2011 were met … Continue reading

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Barzani takes a risk

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  The  call made by Masoud Barzani (right), President of Iraqi Kurdistan, for a referendum on independence for the autonomous region makes little sense from a nationalistic point of view. His first announcement of a referendum, in July 2014, followed … Continue reading

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‘I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

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The Arab Spring began five years ago when two men set themselves on fire in Tunisia. One of them survived his self-immolation — and now wishes he hadn’t. His story, written by Clemens Höges, appeared in the online version of Germany’s … Continue reading

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