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By Michael Jansen - Jan 17,2018
Taking to his bully pulpit, Donald Trump has, once again, grabbed global headlines by demanding Europe’s acceptance by May 12 of a US-drafted adjunct agreement to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord. Iran has angrily rejected any such addition.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 10,2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insists recent protests that gripped 80 mainly small towns and cities were not inspired solely by economic woes but also by political and social demands.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 03,2018
The Trump-Netanyahu nexus is, on the basic level, bad news for Palestine, Israel, the US, the region and the international community.  Trump’s latest outrage is his threat to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and to UNRWA unless Ramallah returns to talks with an
By Michael Jansen - Dec 27,2017
Christians in Jordan celebrated Christmas in peace and quiet while co-religionists in neighbouring Palestine faced the spiritual blow delivered by Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as well as restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation.
By Michael Jansen - Dec 20,2017
Donald Trump has been trumped over his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in breach of a 70-year-old commitment to refrain from doing so.  On Monday, his UN ambassador Nikki Haley was compelled to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling upon him to res
By Michael Jansen - Dec 13,2017
US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has breached the global policy laid down in the November 1947 partition resolution which divided Palestine into three parts: a Palestinian state, a Jewish state and a UN-administered corpus separatum
By Michael Jansen - Dec 07,2017
No one can predict what the Trump administration will do in this region where Arabs, Kurds, Iranians and Turks face destitution, death and destruction due to raging and prospective conflicts.
By Michael Jansen - Nov 30,2017
Last Friday’s massacre by a Daesh-affiliate of 305 civilians in a Sufi mosque in the Egyptian Sinai town of Bir Al Abed demonstrates, once again, that the cult remains alive and active although its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria has been destroyed.The elimination of
By Michael Jansen - Nov 22,2017
The declaration by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) that it is freezing all communication with the US, following the Trump administration’s decision to close its diplomatic mission in Washington is play acting.Although concern has been expressed that cutting communicat
By Michael Jansen - Nov 15,2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Tehran was a show of solidarity with Iran at a time the country is facing pressure from Saudi Arabia and its allies, in the region, and from the US, on the international plane.It is hardly surprising that Russia and Iran should m



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