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By Michael Jansen - Dec 11,2019
This week, Palestinians mark the 30th anniversary of the First Intifada as popular uprisings against corrupt leaders grip Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Algeria roil the region from east to west.
By Michael Jansen - Dec 05,2019
Outgoing Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi was never the man to tackle Iraq's existential problems. He was a compromise candidate, agreed on after five months of bickering, and backed by the two largest parliamentary blocs that have competing agendas.
By Michael Jansen - Nov 27,2019
Thousands of Lebanese continue to protest in the streets and squares and outside key institutions throughout their country which they intend to reclaim from the grasping hands of the corrupt political elite.
By Michael Jansen - Nov 20,2019
The three year renewal of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) mandate by the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly is good news for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and refugee-host countries Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
By Michael Jansen - Nov 13,2019
It is amusing to record US explanations for the continuing presence of its soldiers in north-eastern and eastern Syria. US President Donald Trump was the first to state why US troops, who were supposed to exit Syria, would remain in this area.
By Michael Jansen - Nov 06,2019
Mass protests against mismanagement, corruption and sectarian rule are gripping Iraq, a poor country which should be wealthy. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ second largest producer, Iraq possesses 12 per cent of the world's oil reserves.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 30,2019
In response to US President Donald Trump's personal triumphalism over the slaying by US forces of Daesh’s leader, Kurdish militia Commander Mazloum Abdi tweeted, "For five months there has been joint intel cooperation on the ground and accurate monitoring, until we achieved a joi
By Michael Jansen - Oct 23,2019
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets and squares across Lebanon to call for the fall of the country's political class, which they accuse of looting the country.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 10,2019
Donald Trump has said that the US will withdraw troops from northern Syria in order to allow Turkey to launch a military operation to clear Kurdish fighters from the border area east of the Euphrates River.
By Michael Jansen - Oct 02,2019
The Arabs must press the main combatants to end the war in Yemen, the region's poorest country.

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