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By Michael Jansen - Mar 14,2018
Seven years ago today, activists inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt protested in Damascus and other Syrian cities, calling for democratic reforms. The demonstrations were dispersed by the security forces, and a number of protesters were detained.
By Michael Jansen - Mar 08,2018
The Syrian army, backed by Russian airpower, is set to retake Eastern Ghouta, the countryside, towns and villages adjacent to Damascus. As Eastern Ghouta is the last major stronghold of a range of takfiri fighters on the edge of the capital, the Syrian government cannot affo
By Michael Jansen - Feb 28,2018
Donald Trump's December 6th decision to shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his announcement last week that the ambassador would move to the holy city in mid-May in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of Israel could shore up, at least tempor
By Michael Jansen - Feb 22,2018
The deadly and destructive war in Syria did not end with the fall of Daesh's capital at Raqqa, in the north of the country, and negotiations on a political settlement to the seven-year conflict.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 14,2018
Israel loves walls. Last week, it began constructing a concrete slab wall along the ceasefire line with Lebanon, although Beirut charges that the structure encroaches on Lebanon's territory and amounts to "aggression" on Lebanon's sovereignty.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 07,2018
Israel is inadvisably but increasingly involved in conflicts raging in its northern and southern neighbours.  In the north, Israel has for several years provided aid and comfort to Daesh, Al Qaeda, and other insurgents fighting the Syrian government.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 31,2018
When Donald Trump ceded his authority over military operations to commanders on the ground and, even, pilots in the air over Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, he boosted the number of US bombing runs and bombs dropped on Taliban and Daesh targets and killed more civilians than under t
By Michael Jansen - Jan 24,2018
Donald Trump is holding Palestinian refugees hostage because their leaders have  not been subservient and respectful after he awarded Israel recognition of Jerusalem  as its capital and took the issue of Jerusalem "off the table" when and if negotiations resumed. 
By Michael Jansen - Jan 17,2018
Taking to his bully pulpit, Donald Trump has, once again, grabbed global headlines by demanding Europe’s acceptance by May 12 of a US-drafted adjunct agreement to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord. Iran has angrily rejected any such addition.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 10,2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insists recent protests that gripped 80 mainly small towns and cities were not inspired solely by economic woes but also by political and social demands.



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