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India cancels visa for Uyghur dissident Dolkun Isa

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, for The Economic Times — Days after giving permission to Dolkun Isa, chairman of the executive committee of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), to attend a conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamsala, India has cancelled his visa amid the hype surrounding his maiden trip to the …

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Uighur “Jihadis” Role In Syria War

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — On 21 April 2016, China’s Special Envoy on Syrian crisis Chai Cho Yan visited Damascus and met with the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid al-Moallem, and the head of the Syrian government’s delegation to the Geneva talks, Bashar al-Jaafari. …

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“Al Arabiya” Chops Beirut Bureau

By Magda Abu-Fadil* — Director of Media Unlimited in Lebanon — It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. The ax fell hard today on the Beirut bureau of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and Al Hadath satellite news channels: total closure. “My wife is pregnant and will deliver in a month,” said one …

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Belgium at the epicenter of the war for Europe

By John Lloyd for REUTERS — A police helicopter hovers over Brussels’ rooftops following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann – RTSBQZ6 A police helicopter hovers over Brussels’ rooftops following bomb attacks in the Belgian city, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann With every bloody episode that …

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EU’s Mogherini in tears over Brussels attacks

AMMAN (AFP) – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini broke down in tears Tuesday after talking about the deadly attacks in Brussels, cutting short a news conference in Jordan. The bombings marked “a very sad day for Europe as Europe and its capital is suffering the same pain that this …

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ISIS Attacks on Brussels airport, metro kill at least 34

BRUSSELS | BY PHILIP BLENKINSOP AND FRANCESCO GUARASCIO for REUTERS — Thirty-four people were killed in attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital on Tuesday, according to public broadcaster VRT, triggering security alerts across Europe and bringing some cross-border traffic to a halt. A …

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Why Putin Went into Syria

By George Friedman for Stratfor — Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on March 14 that he would begin withdrawing his main forces from Syria. Russia appears to have deployed about 70 aircraft of a variety of types and more than 4,000 support personnel to protect and maintain the aircraft. It …

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Syria and Unwarranted Optimism

By Kamran Bokhari for Stratfor — Since Putin announced Russia’s withdrawal, diplomats and media have been unreasonably hopeful about the future of the Syrian civil war. Russia’s military drawdown from Syria soon after the ceasefire has created a strange sense of optimism in the media regarding peace talks. Any substantive …

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ISIS: The full story

By Jim Muir for BBC News — Image copyrightAlamy Abu Anis only realised something unusual was happening when he heard the sound of explosions coming from the old city on the western bank of the Tigris as it runs through Mosul. “I phoned some friends over there, and they said armed …

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Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization or a firewall against violent extremism?

THE LEVANT NEWS — By​ ​ Marc Lynch* — The House Judiciary Committee recently passed a resolution calling on the State Department to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. This resolution resonates with the feverish anti-Islamic politics of the Republican primary, fueled across the spectrum by candidates from Donald …

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