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By Michael Jansen - Jul 19,2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan marked the first anniversary of last year's failed July 15 coup by sacking 7,563 soldiers and police officers.This action added to the 150,000 military and intelligence personnel, civil servants, judges, prosecutors, teachers, professors and
By Michael Jansen - Jul 12,2017
The fourth of July US independence holiday provided an opportunity for “resistance” to the Trump administration to demonstrate opposition to its policies.Foremost among these is its decision to repeal “Obamacare”, the flawed Affordable Care Act adopted by the previous administrat
By Michael Jansen - Jul 05,2017
Since the end game for the pseudo-caliphate established in Mosul and Raqqa is near, parties to Syria’s proxy wars are jockeying for advantage for the coming phase of the battle over the country.Syria’s most powerful protector, Russia, is operating on three levels. Its warpla
By Michael Jansen - Jun 22,2017
US-backed forces in Iraq and Syria have launched fierce assaults on Daesh-held Mosul and Raqqa, jangling alarm bells over the certain slaughter of civilians trapped or held as human shields in these cities.Civilians living in both these cities have been urged to flee at risk of b
By Michael Jansen - Jun 14,2017
The Conservative defeat in the June 8 British parliamentary election and the projected landslide for the 14-month old “Right-Left” party of French President Emmanuel Macron have dealt a heavy body blow to European “Trumpism”.This phenomenon formally emerged when Donald Trump star
By Michael Jansen - Jun 07,2017
The bombings in London and Manchester, claimed by Daesh, may not have been motivated by Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza 50 years ago, but the failure of the international community to end Israel’s occupation is a core factor in the radicalisation of Mu
By Michael Jansen - May 31,2017
Following his landslide victory in Iran’s presidential election, Hassan Rouhani declared that stability in this region cannot be achieved without Tehran’s input.He is right.Since Tehran signed the 2015 agreement with the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany to curb Iran’s nu
By Michael Jansen - May 24,2017
The landslide reelection of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent a fresh message to the world that neo-fascists, racists and ultras of all stripes are not on the rise.Moderate Rouhani won 57 per cent of the vote, compared to 39 per cent for his rival, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline co
By Michael Jansen - May 17,2017
While the 69th anniversary of Israel’s conquest of 78 per cent of Palestine was marked on May 15 by sporadic clashes in the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in India visiting a technology institute which is expected to help Palestinians set up a $12 million high
By Michael Jansen - May 10,2017
Russia clearly rushed the launch of its plan to impose de-escalation zones in Syria in order to catch potential opponents off guard and present them with a fait accompli.The plan, tabled a week ago during talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, carves out four areas where hostilities betwee

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