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Why Iran Prefers The Eastern Bloc Over The West

Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of TurkeyHassan Rouhani of Iran, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by Seyed Hossein Mousavian* — As the military phase of the Syrian conflict reaches its final stages, the leaders of Russia, Iran, and …

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South African Institute of Race Relation invites South Africans to endorse submission opposing National Health Insurance

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE — by Meekaeel Siphambili — Gaborone, Botswana: South African Institute of Race Relation, a non-governmental organization in South Africa says all South Africans are entitled to decent levels of healthcare, but new proposals by the government will have dire consequences for all citizens, whether they rely on private or public health services. …

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Washington Adopts Israel’s Positions: The Refugee Chapter

By Yousef Munayyer*   Since the early days of his administration, President Donald Trump has led US policy toward Palestine/Israel on a steady lurch, from overwhelming support of Israel to full adoption of its positions. Instead of a thoughtful strategy, he seems to pursue a tactical approach to force the Palestinians …

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OPINION: What the Swiss can offer Lebanon

By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz East Meredith, New York   This week a Swiss delegation led by President Alain Berset is visiting Lebanon to strengthen “bilateral relations”. The team is also discussing the pressing issue of the Syrian refugees. Lebanon hosts the largest refugee population in the world, per capita; and …

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Will Zimbabwe follow the steps of Sudan?

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – BY Meekaeel Siphambili — Gaborone, Botswana: A Zimbabwean political organisation which claims to be advocating for the liberation of the Ndebele speaking Zimbabweans, Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) is calling for an independent state in the southern part of Zimbabwe. According to the organisation, the need for …

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The Water Crisis in Syria

By Areej Zaher*   After seven years and a half, war has taken its toll on Syria, and many conflicts rose to the surface, and raised many concerns. Internal strife , civil war and terrorist attacks bring untold hardship to the civilian population. however, water conflict was a big concern, …

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Former Botswana president to sue the state

By Meekaeel Siphambili* — Gaborone, Botswana: Botswana has been the envy of many countries for its peace and tranquility and that will soon end as Ian Khama Seretse Khama, former president is taking the government to court. Ian Khama Seretse Khama has openly discredit Mokgweetsi Masisi, president of Botswana who …

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Working Online: Advantages and Disadvantages

Working Online

By Areej Zaher* — Jobs had evolved throughout time and ratified in various fields, which include the Internet and especially the social media. despite how this may sounds appealing to many people, but it may have some disadvantages. When it comes to looking for a job, people prefer old fashioned …

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Damascus: The Charm of an Ancient City

by Ibaa Younis*   Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the most ancient and continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is clearly divided into two parts; old and new. In this sense, it combines the present time features and the deep-rootedness of the past. The charm …

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Arab Countries Between Secular and Religious Narrative

By Leila Hoballah — Introduction One of the most important features of this era, one could say, is the arguments about culture, It’s relativity, plurality and even the possibility of culture to lead to “The Clashes of Civilization” as appeared in Samuel Huntington book, or the domination of one culture …

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European tourists are rediscovering Tunisia

European tourists are rediscovering Tunisia. Tour operators across Europe are taking tourists back to the country this summer for the first time since an ISIS gunman massacred many people on a beach in Sousse in 2015. The only democratic country in the Arab world is considered safe again. 2018 is …

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Could Hezbollah succeed in fighting corruption?

Hezbollah formed a special unit to follow up the corruption files in the Lebanese state amid fears of a financial collapse due to the high level of public debt and the waste of public money and corruption By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — Hezbollah faces today a series of internal and …

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Bernard Lewis, Islam and the “clash of civilizations”

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem —   Bernard Lewis, the preeminent scholar of Middle Eastern politics and Islamic history, who died on May 19, 2018, in New Jersey, after six decades of his controversial academic and theoretical work, had shaped some of the Western views and some US policies toward the …

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Why Did the Muslim Brotherhood Fail?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — First appeared on al-Mesbar Studies and Research Centre — The “Arab Spring” revolutions lent an unprecedented opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood movement to emerge from secrecy and take political power, whether by ballot or by bullet, in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and elsewhere. Indeed, the Brotherhood …

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President Abbas at the Helm again: A Way Forward for Palestinians

by Munshi Zubaer Haque, Intern, Beirut Center for Middle East Studies President of Palestinian Authority (PA) and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as head or chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a move that clearly seems to be a further consolidation of his authority …

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Jerusalem is a Red Line

By: Wasan Abu Baker*   Ben Gurion in 1948 said, “We must do everything to insure the Palestinians never do return. The old will die and the young will forget”. In a recent interview with Helena Cobban hosted by the Institute for Palestine Studies, Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the founder of …

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Korea: The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

by Graham E. Fuller*  —   I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning point in the geopolitics of East Asia. In …

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A Tunisian fugitive from ISIS tells his story

Mohammed Fahem

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Tunisian writer Hadi Yahmad recently published a book in Arabic about Tunisian jihadi Mohammed Al-Fahem. Born in 1990, Fahem traveled to Syria in late 2014 to join the “The Islamic State”(ISIS) — for him and his extremist cohorts, a dream come true. Fahem fled ISIS …

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