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By Michael Jansen - Feb 20,2019
US President Donald Trump is right in insisting that Daesh fighters and families held by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces in north-eastern Syria should return to their home countries and face prosecution for their crimes committed while associated with the cult.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 13,2019
A year ago, Turkish tanks rolled into the Syrian Kurdish-majority district of Afrin; the US-sponsored Kurdish militia which protected the area was expelled and half the population was driven out or fled.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 06,2019
US President Donald Trump's declaration that he will keep US troops in Iraq at the large Ain Al Asad airbase in Anbar province and other locations around the country to "watch Iran" demonstrates, once again, Trump's ignorance and over-reach.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 30,2019
Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's film “Capernaum”, nominated for best foreign entry in this year's Oscars, is a film for all societies, all times, all countries and continents.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 23,2019
Lamia Al Gailani Werr was one of the Arab world's warriors for its precious cultural heritage. Her death in Amman last Friday deprives this region and the world of an archaeologist who spent her life immersed in the investigation and preservation of Arab history and identity.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 16,2019
Turkey's military has shifted its focus from north-eastern to north-western Syria since Al Qaeda's Hayat Tahrir Al Sham defeated Ankara's surrogate factions and seized control of Idlib province, the last insurgent bastion in the war-torn country.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 09,2019
Ever since Britain issued the 1917 Balfour Declaration, extending the government's support for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" and pledging to facilitate this project, the indigenous people of that country have been ignored, attacked, sub
By Michael Jansen - Jan 02,2019
The Astana axis, comprised of Russia, Iran and Turkey, has gained increasing importance over the past two years, as Damascus, with the help of Moscow and Tehran, has slowly clawed back Syrian territory seized by insurgents, Al Qaeda and Daesh.
By Michael Jansen - Dec 26,2018
The latest US misadventure in Syria appears to be coming to an end.  When, last week, Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of 2,200 troops from northern Syria, he admitted defeat.  The defeat of the US effort to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad and the failure of the
By Michael Jansen - Dec 19,2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ramping up rhetoric against the US for its sponsorship of Kurdish fighters battling Daesh in Syria.