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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
By Michael Jansen - May 03,2017
France and Human Rights Watch have issued a fresh accusation that Damascus was responsible for an apparent attack with sarin gas on April 4 on the town of Khan Shaikhoun in takfiri-held Idlib province in northwest Syria.The incident, which, reportedly, killed 80-90 people, “bears
By Michael Jansen - Apr 26,2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s narrow victory in the April 16 constitutional referendum has strengthened his drive to overthrow the modern, Western-style Turkish state founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.Ataturk’s aggressively secular state, modelled on France, was
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



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