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Turkey's Erdogan between allies and foes

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (53)


Despite the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in countries such as Egypt and Yemen, where the movement has entrenched grassroots of affiliates and supporters, the Turkish “Justice and Development” Party - AK succeeded to win 51.79% of the votes, during the presidential elections held on 10 August 2014. This was the first presidential elections during which the people, rathe...

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The White Bear rising again from hibernation

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)


The recent unrests in Ukraine do not resemble the “Orange Revolution”, which brought Victor Yuchenko to power on 23 January, 2005. Indeed, the last anti-government protests, that conquered Kiev since early 2014 and resulted in bloody clashes with the anti-riot police, were alarming especially...
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Is this what we are calling for?

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As 2013 is heading towards folding its few remaining pages, some of our struggles and armed disputes will persist facing any looming comprehensive resolution and will mostly prevail during the first half of 2014 to the least. Residents of the Levantine are getting more and more indulged in the daily casual politics' talks. A morning coffee by the sidewalk of a bistro, a noon club-sandwich by the ...

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US-Iranian honeymoon and the envies of Al Saud

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


It is an awkward trilogy by virtue: one friendship was entrenched after a deadly animosity and another love affair was dumped following a sinful treason though it is apparently recovering well. Between the Caesar, the Ayatollah and the King, the Middle East risks not to subdue the challenges ahead.

 

"America's complete Israel support against the Arabs makes it difficult ...

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Few hours sounded fair to end an intricate Libyan message

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Following the killing - which was interpreted as death - of previous president, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, putting an end to his 42-year authoritarian ruling, Libya immersed into a swamp of multiple quasi official - as well as completely unofficial - armed groups pockmarking the role of a government already eschewed from imposing its sovereignty.

 

Areas such as Zintan, Misrata, Benghazi ...

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Inking an Iraqi deja-vu over Syria

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


After an Indonesian rendezvous with his Russian counterpart, US Secretary of State, John Kerry avowed that the process of stripping Syria of its chemical weapons "has begun in record time", expressed "appreciative" tone for Moscow's initiative - and of course cooperation, and felt obliged to give "credit to the Assad regime, frankly"! After all, the US administration had always welcomed "a good beginning"...

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Divided on war, united on sanctions

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The relationship between Washington and its main veto-holders' opponents - Moscow and Beijing - at the United Nations Security Council is quiet hallucinating. Putting it straight and simple, post USSR Russia and the "C" of the BRICS - meaning China - had long stood in support of the Ayatollah and Alawite regimes respectively in Iran and Syria against the West's so-called democratisati...

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So far no strike ... then what

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Trying to catch up with the oscillating stances of Washington and Moscow, on "to strike" and "not to strike" Syria, the strategy game "Risk" crossed my mind late last night. During the raging civil war days in Lebanon, we used to gather in a basement situated on a parallel street, choose our favourite colours, and start organising the ranks of our soldiers. The game consumed too much time an...

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The trend of extra-governmental protection committees in the Arab World

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Before the advent of the "Arab Spring" season, the authoritarian governments of the Arab sphere were reputed for being merciless - sometimes, horribly inhuman - on matters related to the security of the state and the preservation of the regime. In some contexts, where tribal influence constituted a dominant factor, governments did broker clandestine deals granting specific sheikhs exceptional privileges. However, such con...

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The prelude towards a Second Syrian crisis

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)



On 31 August, 2013, US President, Barack Obama, was expected to present a historic speech from his garden at the White House. As a senior Syrian opposition figure told Al-Jazeerah on that date, "Presidents of USA do not make abrupt public speeches unless they do have something urgent to say". In fact, this could be the most straightforward answer to portray the actual paradox, which continue to pockma...

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