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By Michael Jansen - Apr 15,2015
Ever since Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, Jabhat Al Nusra, facilitated the entry of Daesh fighters into the Yarmouk suburb of Damascus, commentators have been asking why Nusra enabled Daesh fighters to overrun the area. Daesh and Nusra have been fighting each other in northern
By Michael Jansen - Apr 08,2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme must be conditioned on Tehran’s recognition of Israel’s “right to exist” — a “right” no other country claims — shows just how s
By Michael Jansen - Apr 01,2015
After a month, the battle for Tikrit was won by Iraqi Shiite militia, army troops and Sunni tribesmen backed by Iranian advisers and US air strikes. The attackers recaptured Salaheddin provincial government headquarters from Daesh fighters, an advance for the government and then
By Michael Jansen - Mar 25,2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) this week issued a 79-page report providing detailed evidence of indiscriminate violence perpetrated by armed opposition groups against civilians in Syria since the conflict there began in 2011. The report states that armed groups attack civilians in gov
By Michael Jansen - Mar 18,2015
As the Syrian war enters its fifth year this week, the government, backed firmly by Russia and Iran, feels it is winning on the ground. The army has driven insurgents from suburbs south of Damascus and neutralised armed groups in Muadamiya, to the west, and Barzeh, to the east.
By Michael Jansen - Mar 11,2015
The destruction by Daesh of Iraq’s and Syria’s cultural heritage is impossible to comprehend. The latest target was Nimrud, the remnants of the ancient Assyrian capital city near Mosul, which, according to reliable reports, has been bulldozed. While ancient images o
By Michael Jansen - Mar 04,2015
Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a special session of both Houses of the US Congress was pure political theatre. His objectives were, in order of priority, to promote Netanyahu, to secure the advantage for his Likud Party in the March 17 parliamentary poll, to cement the Li
By Michael Jansen - Feb 25,2015
A showdown between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany could come in a month’s time when the basics of a deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme are due to be agreed.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 18,2015
The West’s double standard, disadvantageous to Arabs and Muslims, is in operation once again. Western-dominated international media are giving prime coverage to last weekend’s shootings of two in Copenhagen by a Danish Muslim, while ignoring the execution of three Mu
By Michael Jansen - Feb 11,2015
It has been said: “Football is a game played for gentlemen by hooligans.” However, is has long been obvious that, in fact, football is a game played by hooligans for hooligans, as well as properly behaved folk. Last weekend, the Egyptian authorities suspended indefi



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