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By Michael Jansen - Oct 27,2021
Beirut's determined and daring Judge Tarek Bitar has once again scheduled  key figures to testify in the investigation of the August 2020 explosion at Beirut port, which killed 219, wounded 6,500 and rendered 300,000 homeless when it devastated nearby neighbourhoods.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 20,2021
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement has hit the headlines again because popular Irish novelist Sally Rooney has refused a bid from an Israeli publishing house to translate and launch her latest best seller in that country.Rooney, 30, sold the Hebrew ri
By Michael Jansen - Oct 13,2021
The fifth parliamentary election since the US invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003 demonstrated once again that the US failed politically as well as militarily during its stewardship of that country. Voter turn-out was 41 per cent, the lowest ever.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 06,2021
The unclaimed murder last weekend of a journalist and two of his relatives while travelling in a car along a road in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province remains a crime to be investigated by the Taliban along with another ten shooting and bombing attacks on Afghan civilians.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 29,2021
The instant approval by a vote of 420 to nine by the US House of Representatives of legislation to provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome missile defence system demonstrates, once again, that Washington remains subservient to Israel and its US friends.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 22,2021
Writing for Al Jazeera's website, Haidar Eid, an associate professor at Al Quds university in Gaza, directed my attention to a survey on the status of the two-state solution conducted by Foreign Affairs.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 15,2021
After 13 months without a fully fledged government, Lebanon has Cabinet led by former premier Najib Mikati and made up of technocrats chosen by the very politicians who have ruined the country.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 08,2021
While it is hardly surprising that US and British intelligence failed to predict the Taliban's rapid take-over of Afghanistan, it is curious that the Taliban itself did not foresee its early victory and prepare to govern as soon as it took over.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 01,2021
The chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan brings an end to the 21st century contest in the "Great Game", the competition for dominence in central and south Asia launched in January 1830 by the British Empire to block the expansion of the Russian Empire into that region.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 26,2021
The political future of both US President Joe Biden and the leaders of the Taliban depends on what happens to the people of Afghanistan.

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