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By Michael Jansen - Sep 23,2020
The UN is marking its 75th birthday with a virtual opening of the 75th session of the General Assembly.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 16,2020
Cyprus has become the victim of fresh external push-and-pull efforts with the aim of dragging the island republic, a European Union (EU) member, into one or other of the rival East Mediterranean orbits of Russia and the US.Cyprus received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on
By Michael Jansen - Sep 09,2020
Sanctions are a blunt weapon used by the mighty against the weak to compel them to capitulate to political demands, but almost always put pressure on populations rather than rulers who concede nothing.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 02,2020
The British graffiti artist Banksy has embarked on a new venture. He has financed a boat to rescue migrants setting off in crowded craft from North Africa to reach Europe. According to the mission's website, the vessel is a fast-moving "former French customs boat.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 26,2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanu is, once again, battling for his political life and personal freedom. Thousands of protesters calling for him to resign have continued to mount protests outside his official residence in Jerusalem.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 12,2020
The August 4th blast in Beirut destroyed the city's lifeline to the world, the port, devastated three nearby neighbourhoods and shocked crisis-ridden Lebanese.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 05,2020
Remember the "Arab Spring" intifadas of 2011? The world is now witnessing via satellite television the "American Summer” uprisings of 2020.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 22,2020
The Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran and Syria involving economic sanctions has prompted Tehran and Damascus to cultivate ties with US-sanctioned and alienated China.Tehran and Beijing have accelerated talks on a 25-year partnership begun in 2016, f
By Michael Jansen - Jul 15,2020
The American University of Beirut (AUB), the region's oldest and most influential foreign institution of higher learning, is facing the most serious challenge in its 154-year history due to Lebanon's fragile economic, social and political collapse.Since the AUB crisis is mainly f
By Michael Jansen - Jul 08,2020
To annex or not annex? This is the question bugging Israeli, Palestinian and international political figures since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed his July 1 deadline for beginning the process of formally annexing portions of the occupied West Bank.

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