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By Michael Jansen - Apr 19,2017
Last Saturday’s suicide bombing of buses carrying Shiite civilian evacuees from the towns of Fouaa and Kefraya has not drawn condemnation from world leaders aside from Roman Catholic Pope Francis, a humanitarian figure without a disturbing political agenda.Writing in The Independ
By Michael Jansen - Apr 12,2017
On April 9, Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the diaspora commemorated 69 years since the Deir Yassin massacre, when scores of Palestinians were killed by Zionist militias after Israel’s underground army, the Haganah, encircled the village.Bodies were left
By Michael Jansen - Apr 05,2017
The Trump administration blamed Damascus and its allies Moscow and Tehran for Tuesday’s deadly gas attack on insurgent-held Idlib province but seems to be sticking to decisions on the US posture on the six-year Syrian war that could lead to progress in the next round of intra-Syr
By Michael Jansen - Mar 29,2017
According to the UN, some 300,000 to 400,000 Iraqi civilians remain trapped in the Daesh-held Old City of Mosul.Caught in the crossfire between Daesh defenders and Iraqi government attackers, trapped families lack food, water and medical supplies.Hundreds have been killed and wou
By Michael Jansen - Mar 22,2017
Syria’s once most populous city, and trade and industrial hub, Aleppo, has been deeply wounded by the war. After rebels took control of the poor eastern quarters in July 2012, Aleppo suffered conflict, division and devastation. Thousands of its citizens died, hundreds o
By Michael Jansen - Mar 15,2017
US President Harry Truman popularised the saying, “The buck stops here,” meaning: “I am responsible for what happens while I am in office.”Truman, who served from 1945 to 53, was a blunt man, a former shopkeeper turned politician. Few contemporary politicians accept this dic
By Michael Jansen - Mar 08,2017
Since Donald Trump’s election victory in November hate crimes, intimidation and vandalism have escalated across the US.The main targets are foreigners, Muslims, Hispanic Americans, African-Americans and other ethnic minorities.In some cases, perpetrators are white supremacists, i
By Michael Jansen - Mar 01,2017
Sitting in the press centre at UN headquarters in Geneva, speaking to colleagues and nabbing a delegate to the Syrian “peace” talks should show journalists that this, the fourth round, is not “same old, same old”.Yes, there are the “same old” sides: the government and the “old” e
By Michael Jansen - Feb 22,2017
Donald Trump’s short-lived suggestion the US could back the “one-state solution”, involving a bi-national Palestinian-Israeli state, instead of the internationally accepted “two-state solution”, alarmed Palestinians, Israelis and the international community.A day later, Trump’s U
By Michael Jansen - Feb 15,2017
It is hardly surprising that Hamas, which has ruled Gaza for nearly a decade, should elect Yahya Sinwar, a hardliner from its military wing, as its next de facto prime minister to replace moderate Ismail Haniyeh.He is set to be named leader of the Hamas organisation at home and a



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