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Clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces in North Syria

By Khawla Hassan – The official Syrian news agency SANA reported today that Clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and the Turkish forces near the villages of al-Manakh and al-Mahmudiya in Tal Tamr northern countryside. SANA claimed that Turkish forces and their allies of Syrian factions looted power transformers from …

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India ready to participate in reconstruction of Syria

Damascus – reported by Khawla Hassan – Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar affirmed his country’s readiness to contribute to the reconstruction, underlining the necessity of solving the crisis in it politically by the Syrians only without any foreign interference. Sana Agency news reported that Jaishankar, meeting Member of al-Baath Arab …

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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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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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Erdogan, the local elections and Syria

By Dr. Akil Mahfoud* — The results of the municipal elections in Turkey (March 31, 2019) show that politics sometimes takes in what the politician thinks it gives, and may hit him from his safe haven, and lose in terms of his expected victory. The Turkish President Rajab Tayeb Erdogan …

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My Pistachio Trees

By Ibrahim Alalou — A cluster of unripe pistachios on one of my trees The pistachio tree(Pistacia vera) is native to Syria. In Arabic we call it Aleppo pistachio(الفستق الحلبي). It has a rich history. Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History that Pistacia was unique to Syria and …

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Syrian economy suffers from sanctions and unemployment

By Areej Zaher -In a country which adopted socialism as a way of life, economic difficulties will be its penalty. The Syrian war brought not only blood and terror but also EU sanctions to Syrian stock holdings and ventures, and the Syrian people were most affected. Government expenditure especially defense …

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Mediation Efforts in Attempt to Relieve UN-Hamas Tensions

By Jasmin Rasheed –UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Jamie McGoldrick met in Gaza on 6 March with senior Hamas officials Tawfiq Abu Naim, minister of the interior in the Hamas government, and Mohammad Dababesh, the head of Hamas’s General Intelligence Service. The …

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Beyond ISIS: Will the Terror survive?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* –I will try in this paper to present the more likely expected scenarios in short and will focus on two issues. First, before discussing the future of terrorism, we must first agree on the reasons that led to the rise of the extremism and the motives …

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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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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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Syrian army gains full control of Yarmouk Basin from ISIS

AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian army and its allies have taken full control of the Yarmouk Basin in southwestern Syria after routing Islamic State (IS) militants, the Hezbollah group’s al-Manar TV said on Tuesday. The basin borders Israel and Jordan and had been the last embattled pocket of the southwest …

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Rebels in Syria’s Bosra agree to settle

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A military media unit run by the Syrian government’s ally Hezbollah reported on Sunday that rebels in Bosra al-Sham in southwest Syria had agreed to settle with the government. The rebels had started handing over heavy weapons in preparation for the army to enter, it reported.

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Netherlands approves limited ban on ‘face covering clothing’

The Netherlands has approved a ban on wearing “face-covering clothing” including the burqa and niqab in some public settings. The limited prohibition will not block wearing of the hijab, which only covers a woman’s hair. It applies on public transport and in education institutions, health institutions such as hospitals and …

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Haley attacks UN report on US poverty under Trump

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has launched a scathing attack on the UN monitor on extreme poverty, dismissing his recent report on America that accuses Donald Trump of cruelly forcing millions of citizens into deprivation as “misleading and politically motivated”. Haley, the former Republican governor of …

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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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