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By Michael Jansen - Sep 10,2014
US President Barack Obama has opted for a faulty, contradictory policy in the fight against the Islamic State. On the one hand, his administration hailed the formation of the new Iraqi government, meant to be his chief tool in this effort, as a “major milestone”, whi
By Michael Jansen - Sep 03,2014
Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza has been a costly business, both for Israel and Gaza. Israel launched its attack as the country’s economic growth had slowed from 2.8 to 1.7 per cent and exports, accounting for about one-third of the economy, had declined by 18 per cent,
By Michael Jansen - Aug 27,2014
Politicians and pundits wrongly claim that Hamas and its armed allies secured nothing in the latest Egyptian ceasefire plan beyond what was offered in its initial proposal, put forward in mid-July.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 20,2014
Despite the loss of the Mosul dam, a major reverse in Iraq, the Islamic State (IS), remains a supremely confident organisation that counts God on its side and believes that ultimately its “Islamic state” or cross-border caliphate will survive and succeed. The recorde
By Michael Jansen - Aug 06,2014
US President Barack Obama should be ashamed.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 02,2014
Instead of celebrating the rites of the Arab Spring with freedom, democracy and good governance, the region has entered a dark season of war and destruction comparable to the era when the Mongol leader Hulagu besieged and sacked Baghdad.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 23,2014
Gaza’s fate might have been very different if Israel had adopted a positive policy towards the narrow Mediterranean coastal strip after the 1967 occupation.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 16,2014
While Israel stepped up its latest assault on Gaza, Lebanese marked the eighth anniversary of Israel’s 2006 war on their country. This onslaught killed 1,100, wounded thousands, and drove a million from their homes.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 09,2014
Always applied in this region, double standards are particularly egregious these days. The Syrian air force is roundly condemned for striking insurgent held strongholds with barrel bombs while the Western world remains silent as Iraqi helicopters target Mosul, sometimes with bar
By Michael Jansen - Jul 02,2014
The Obama administration is still living in fantasy land as it tries to deal with the insurgencies in Syria and Iraq. The administration’s approach to the crises in these countries is even more fantastic than the line peddled by the Bush administration, which was that Bagh

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