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GAZA: Rebuild or suffer the consequences warns former US President

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Nearly seven months after the end of the latest war in Gaza, none of the underlying causes of the conflict have been addressed. In the meantime, the people of Gaza are experiencing unprecedented levels of deprivation, and the prospect for … Continue reading

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IRAQ: Looking to the long term

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As news came through of the re-capture of the Baiji oil refinery from ISIS, the campaign to drive ISIS from Iraq seems to be in the ascendency. During Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s recent trip to the US, he proclaimed that … Continue reading

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YEMEN: United Nations appeals for $275 million aid package

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  The UN has launched an appeal for nearly $275 million of aid to help civilians caught up in Yemen’s worsening conflict. About 150,000 people have been displaced by fighting, according to the UN, with 12 million short of food. … Continue reading

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TURKEY: Erdogan and the desperate search for a role

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent statements and itinerary are clearly posing more worrying questions than providing reassuring answers. One week he considers Iran’s role in the region as devious and warns us about Tehran’s policy “to dominate the region”, … Continue reading

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UN demands access to camp “beyond inhumane”

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The UN Security Council has demanded humanitarian access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. One UN official described the situation for the 18,000 refugees there as “beyond inhumane”. The situation has deteriorated since 1 April, when Islamic State … Continue reading

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Yemen: GCC presents a united front

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Iran has got to stop its adventurist policy in the region or be ready to face the consequences. This is the message the coalition of nine Arab countries is trying to send across to the leadership of the Islamic Republic … Continue reading

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Israel & the two-state solution: Is the writing on the wall?

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In his speech on 24 June 2002 launching the “Roadmap for Peace” US President George W. Bush called for an independent Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace. Essentially the Roadmap for Peace was a plan to … Continue reading

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IRAN NUCLEAR: Progress or more smoke & mirrors?

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (right), says that progress made in nuclear talks means a final deal can be reached. “There is nothing that cannot be resolved,” although some differences still remain, the official Iranian state news agency (Irna) quoted him as … Continue reading

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Netanyahu backtracks on two-state election pledge

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In conciliatory moves, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday backtracked from a pre-election vow to oppose an independent Palestinian state and reached out to repair damaged relations with President Obama. “I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a … Continue reading

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Iraq’s Sectarian Division

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The Iraqi forces’ current offensive on ISIS in the city of Tikrit has been taking place without the help of US airstrikes as the US seemed uneasy about the increasingly sectarian nature behind the involvement of Iranian Shiite forces. It … Continue reading

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