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By Michael Jansen - May 05,2021
Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) became the first major global rights organisation to accuse Israel of committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution against 7 million Palestinians living in Israel and the occupied territories.
By Michael Jansen - Apr 28,2021
Sanctions kill ordinary folk while elites carry on as usual.  This should be the lesson of the US and its Western allies, which impose sanctions on countries, which do not do their bidding.The latest example of how sanctions impact the innocent was the fire at Iraq's Ibn Al
By Michael Jansen - Apr 21,2021
President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 adheres to the adage, “All politics is local.” He timed the deadline to coincide with the date of Al Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington in order to make the point to the US public that 2
By Michael Jansen - Apr 14,2021
President Joe Biden has abandoned the "America First" agenda of his predecessor in favour of "America is Back", meaning he is in the process of restoring traditional US policies and reasserting its leadership on the international scene.As far as this region is concerned, he has n
By Michael Jansen - Apr 07,2021
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court on Monday in his trial on corruption, bribery and breach of trust charges, a senior member of his Likud Party said a majority of members of the new Knesset would be vote for him to become president.
By Michael Jansen - Mar 31,2021
While the newly inaugurated Biden administration focuses on domestic policy, US-sanctioned China and Russia are expanding their influence and reach in this region.
By Michael Jansen - Mar 25,2021
This year's elections reflect the status of democracy in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
By Michael Jansen - Mar 17,2021
Sanctions are a blunt tool used by the powerful to punish opponents but have been turned into a weapon of economic warfare by the US to harm civilians.Since Washington's Iranian ally, the shah, was driven from power in 1979, the Islamic Republic has been sanctioned by the US.&nbs
By Michael Jansen - Mar 10,2021
Lebanon's political, economic and COVID crises are ballooning while politicians continue to bicker over the formation of a government capable of implementing reforms that could deliver $21 billion in financial aid to rescue the country from collapse.Caretaker Prime Minister Hassa
By Michael Jansen - Mar 03,2021
US President Joe Biden insists, "America is back." He says the US has returned to the world stage as a prominent actor and leader after four years of absence and wrong-headed policies adopted by the Trump administration.



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