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Erdogan Visits the White House

Erdogan’s Turkey could best be described as America’s worst friend or best enemy.  Even though they are allies by treaty, the US and Turkey have tended to go separate ways over the last few years.  While the US has sanctioned Iran, Turkey has abetted the sanctions.  Although a NATO partner, …

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How Israeli spy tech reaches deep into our lives

by Jonathan Cook – First appeared on Middle East Eye | 11 November 2019 13:09 UTC | Last update: 2 days ago Israeli software used on Palestinians is producing new cyber weapons that are rapidly being incorporated into global digital platforms Digital age weapons developed by Israel to oppress Palestinians are rapidly being …

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Kuwaiti’s want political reforms and accountability

  A few hundred protesters gathered in front of Kuwait’s parliament last week to demand institutional reforms and action against state corruption. By Arthur Blok* | Antiestablishment demonstrations are relatively rare in the state of Kuwait. Last week’s protesters demanded an end to the perceived unwillingness of the state to …

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Democracy doesn’t matter to the defenders of ‘economic freedom

The league tables created by conservative thinktanks show that neoliberalism is about ringfencing economic power   by Quinn Slobodian* – First appeared in The Guardian |   Two of the “freest economies” in the world are on fire. According to indexes of “economic freedom” published annually separately by two conservative …

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Think Tanks Activity Summary

The CSIS isn’t optimistic about the end of Islamic radicalism with the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—and his replacement by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurash.  They note, “What factors have contributed to the resurgence of jihadist violence? And what are the implications following the death of al-Baghdadi? In answering these questions, …

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Are Lebanon protests spontaneous or planned?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem   On October 17, 2019, protests erupted in most Lebanese cities, particularly in the center of Beirut, rejecting a $ 6-a-month WhatsApp tariff plus new taxes on gasoline and a 15% VAT increase. Soon, most of the Lebanese people from different classes, regions and sects reacted …

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Sustainable Rice Production

By: Ibrahim Al-Alou     Father Henri De Laulanie 1920-1995 Pioneer of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI).   Rice production is a heavy consumer of water and fertilizers plus its footprint on greenhouse gas emissions that accounts for 1.5% of all emissions worldwide. To produce rice is a huge …

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Turkey’s goals of its invasion of North Syria

Dr. Haytham Mouzahem, head of Beirut Centre for Middle East Studies talks to International Affairs Review on the current situation in Syria and the Turkish military operations and the implications for the region.   Please walk us through what is happening right now in north east Syria. Turkey has been invading areas …

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Could Turkish aggression boost peace in Syria?

By Firas Samuri   On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey to attack the Kurdish units, posing …

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What could make a Rouhani-Trump deal possible?

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian   Tehran should abandon the nuclear deal and suspend its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Then real talks with the US can begin US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, and his pursuit of the ill-advised “maximum pressure” policy, have taken …

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Tunisians to elect new president

Tunisia will head to the polls Sunday to elect a new president. More than seven million eligible voters both in Tunisia and abroad can choose from 26 presidential candidates in a fiercely contested election. By Arthur Blok* | Tunisia’s first democratically elected president Beji Caid Essebsi died on July 25 …

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Refreezing arctic on scientific agenda

If planting more trees can replenish forests and remove carbon dioxidefrom the atmosphere, then could we also repopulate the Arctic with ice? That’s a question posed by a team of Indonesian designers with an eye-catching response to the climate crisis: iceberg-making submarines. The idea, recently named runner-up in an international design competitionappealing …

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Conflict Scenarios between the US, Russia and the Gulf – Consulting the experts

Interview with Federico Pieraccini, Independent Geopolitical Analyst Specialized in International Relations, Conflicts, Politics and Strategies at the Strategic Culture Foundation. The interview was conducted by Damir Nazarov, a Russian journalist based in Moscow.   1 – The USA has an advantage in all major types of weapons of mass destruction. Why …

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“Who Lost Turkey?”

“Who Lost Turkey?” Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 5 August 2019 Here we go again, another phase of witch-hunting over “Who lost —-(fill in the blanks) country.” It was once who lost China in 1949, then Cuba in 1959, then Iran in 1979, and others. The latest iteration is now “Who …

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Why Sustainability Is Important?

By Lamis Jdid* | In 2008, Thomas Friedman wrote a book that was considered a revolutionary way of rethinking our planet earth explaining the social and ecological challenges facing us and its serious consequences that could threaten life on earth. Spreading awareness on the impact we have on our planet …

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15 things to consider in buying exhibition displays

Exhibitions are a powerful way to showcase your brand and the products/services you offer. But you must make sure that the system you choose works for your business. Not only will the wrong exhibition display fail to attract visitors, but it can also jeopardize your hard-earned brand reputation and become …

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Turning Point in US Foreign Policy?

By Graham E. Fuller | Is American foreign policy,  so long drifting towards collapse and irrelevance, about to be revolutionized? An article written by veteran journalist Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe today contains exciting news with revolutionary implications for US foreign policy, America’s place in the world, and a …

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The Fate of the Palestinians

By Graham E. Fuller  (grahamefuller.com) 6 June 2019 The “Deal of the Century”—Trump’s modestly named new proposal for peace  between Israel and the Palestinians—has long been said to be nearing completion. Ongoing turmoil in Israeli politics makes that presumed launch date  less certain. But whether or not Bibi Netanyahu will …

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A Win-Win for Iran and the Region

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian*   There is copious academic research on why the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is mired in ethnic and sectarian violence. However, the specific question of what workable models can be presented that would not only be effective in ending conflicts but also bring …

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Why Tehran must negotiate with Trump

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — A year ago, I was invited to a closed seminar with an Iranian diplomat in Beirut, which brought together some 12 researchers and journalists to discuss the implications of the US sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump on Iran following its withdrawal from the …

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The “Deal of the Century” or a new Nakba?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — The Nakba of Palestine took place due to the Israeli occupation of most of Palestine and the creation of “Israel” entity on May 15, 1948. The 71st anniversary of the Nakba comes this year, weeks before the announcement of the U.S. administration of its peace …

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