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Russia to sign nuclear deal with Cairo

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The Egyptian government will sign a contract with Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation, which specializes in the manufacturing of nuclear plants, to build the Dabaa nuclear power plant in Matrouh governorate. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will lay the … Continue reading

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Turkey must decide warns Erdogan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has  urged Turkish voters to back the ruling party in November snap elections, saying the polls would be a choice between “stability and instability”. The repeat elections come after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) … Continue reading

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TUNISIA: tough new laws on terror

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In the wake of a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Tunisia this year, the democratically-elected Tunisian Parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law aiming to counter any future threats from Islamist militants and extremists. The introduction of this law … Continue reading

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Showdown at Jarablous?

A Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division studies the perimeter before his guard duty April 26 at Fort Irwin, Calif. During low light hours, Soldiers wear night vision goggles to help them keep their area secure. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division/Released)

The Syrian border town of Jarablous could soon become a battleground and that battle could change the front-lines and the balance of power in territories outside the control of the government in northern Syria. Jarablous is controlled by the Islamic … Continue reading

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The ‘New Syrian Forces': A Failed U.S. Initiative

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The New Syrian Forces (NSF) is a Syrian armed group officially sanctioned by the United States and trained by the Pentagon. The NSF program was launched in May this year and the forces are a part of the Free Syrian … Continue reading

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Book review – Islam in America

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Islam in America By Jonathan Curiel Published by I B Tauris ISBN 978184855991 Price £12.99 paperback   Islam is a hidden ingredient in the melting pot of America. Though there are between two and eight million Muslims in the USA, Islam has … Continue reading

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GAZA: caught in the middle

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No one has yet claimed responsibility for recent  multiple bombings in Gaza that targeted cars belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials. However, the most likely suspect is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). A graffiti purportedly … Continue reading

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GCC rail network project edges forward

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The concept of a high speed rail network linking the countries of The Gulf Cooperation Council is not a new one. Yet, despite, all the evidence that such a project would make sound economic sense, some countries are still dragging … Continue reading

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Book review – Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East

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Churchill and the Islamic World Orientalism,Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East by Warren Dockter published by I B Tauris ISBN 9781780768182 Price £25.00 hardback   Winston Churchill began his career as a junior officer and war correspondent in the North … Continue reading

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IRAN: Zarif’s popularity soars with nuclear deal

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Nearly 20 months of intense negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have finally resulted in a historic agreement to reduce Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranians watched the … Continue reading

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