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By Michael Jansen - Jan 18,2017
So far this year, there have been two major efforts to promote political settlements in the Eastern Mediterranean region: the Geneva negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, and the Paris gathering dealing with Palestine and Israel.While in Geneva between January 9 and 12
By Michael Jansen - Jan 11,2017
In the closing days of last year, The Independent’s regional correspondent Robert Fisk tackled the issue of truth telling in an article titled “We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others”.In the body of the article, he argues that “… we always hav
By Michael Jansen - Jan 04,2017
The Daesh-claimed attack on the upmarket nightclub in Istanbul must be counted as a “blowback” to policies adopted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Having been ready to use takfiris as tools to advance his policies, his government is now regarded as “apostate” and an ene
By Michael Jansen - Dec 28,2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing himself and Israel harm by making a huge fuss over the adoption by the UN Security Council of Security Council Resolution 2334 and the US abstention, which allowed the measure to pass.Netanyahu should have ignored it and let it b
By Michael Jansen - Dec 21,2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted to Monday’s assassination of Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, by vowing to redouble efforts to normalise relations between their countries.Ties have been strained by the war in
By Michael Jansen - Dec 14,2016
The collapse of insurgent resistance in eastern Aleppo to the Syrian army and its allies has delivered a major blow to relays of insurgents who have occupied this sector since July 2012.The groups that initially seized the eastern districts associated itself with the Free Syrian
By Michael Jansen - Dec 07,2016
Three relatively recent US presidents have campaigned and won the top job promising “change” and reform.The first two were men of vision, politicians experienced in the ways of Washington; the third is a rank outsider who promises to “drain the swamp” created by corruption, lobby
By Michael Jansen - Nov 30,2016
Since his triumph in the US presidential election, Donald Trump has disavowed some of the pledges he made during the campaign.He said he would not prosecute his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her ill-advised use of a private, rather than government, e-mail server and could
By Michael Jansen - Nov 23,2016
If Daesh were left free to roam the region, among its priority targets for destruction would be Jordan’s Petra, the magnificent rose stone Nabataean city, and the curve of columns at the amphitheatre in Greco-Roman Jerash, iconic relics of ancient civilisations that exist in the
By Michael Jansen - Nov 16,2016
If US President-elect Donald Trump sticks to his pledges to rectify relations with Russia and give priority to the fight against Daesh, rather than the Syrian government, these developments could mark welcome changes in US policy.Securing rapprochement with Russian President Vlad