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By Osama Al Sharif - May 16,2017
There is a strong feeling on the Arab side that US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the region may succeed in reviving the Middle East peace process after years of inactivity.Certainly President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to the White House earlier this month appears to have
By Osama Al Sharif - May 09,2017
Politics, it has been said, is the art of the possible, but when it comes to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can also become the art of the absurd!In a prosaic repetition of history, Hamas, the 30-year-old Gaza-based Islamic Resistance Movement, took the decision
By Osama Al Sharif - May 02,2017
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ arriving in Washington this week will almost certainly summon a sombre sense of déjà vu. Donald Trump will be the third US president that the 82-year-old Palestinian leader visits in the Oval Office since 2005.
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 25,2017
It is a new era for French politics following the outcome of the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, which, as most polls had predicted, was won by independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, followed by far right leader Marine Le Pen.They will face each other in
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 18,2017
At the end of the day, it all boils down to perceptions, impressions and risk taking.US President Donald Trump has raised the ante in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and even Somalia, and his foes, as well as his close allies, are bracing themselves for what could unfold in
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 11,2017
It was over a month ago that Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi announced that the battle to recapture the city of Mosul was entering its final stages.But seven months after the military operation began, Iraqi troops are yet to take control of the heart of the heavily populated
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 04,2017
The sudden shift in US position on the fate of Bashar Assad, enunciated last week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, should not come as a shock to various players and interlocutors in Syria and Geneva.Even before his victory in the Novemb
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 28,2017
Arab leaders meeting at the Dead Sea on Wednesday are not expected to adopt momentous resolutions that could spell a departure from previous positions on key issues that include Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and the war on terrorism. But the overall message coming from the
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 21,2017
The withdrawal last week of a UN agency report accusing Israel of being an apartheid state will not change the stark findings and harsh conclusions that two distinguished researchers had reached.The report, titled “Israeli practices towards the Palestinian people and the question
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 14,2017
Nowhere is the conflict in agendas over Syria more evident than in the northern city of Manbij.In recent days, it has become a magnet for a multinational military build-up that includes major players — most are at odds with each other — today in the Syrian arena.The city of 70,00

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