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By Michael Jansen - Feb 15,2017
It is hardly surprising that Hamas, which has ruled Gaza for nearly a decade, should elect Yahya Sinwar, a hardliner from its military wing, as its next de facto prime minister to replace moderate Ismail Haniyeh.He is set to be named leader of the Hamas organisation at home and a
By Michael Jansen - Feb 08,2017
During his presidential election campaign, Donald Trump proclaimed long and loudly that he sees Iran as Washington’s regional enemy.He pledged to “tear up” the agreement providing for the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, reached in
By Michael Jansen - Feb 01,2017
It is significant that there have been demonstrations at airports and in cities across the US against Donald Trump’s decree banning citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US for months until “extreme vetting” procedures decide who may be admitted.US citizen
By Michael Jansen - Jan 25,2017
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has left both parties in uncharted territory, plagued by uncertainty and, even, enmity.Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for Britain to be accorded the benefits of the single market without being obliged to abide by its rules and regulat
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



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