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By Michael Jansen - Sep 19,2018
As the Saudis and Emiratis stepped up military action on rebel Houthi forces in and around the irreplaceable port of Hodeida in Yemen, UN envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Sanaa for talks with Houthi leaders on resuming peace talks and the UN humanitarian agency announced a "medi
By Michael Jansen - Sep 12,2018
Five months after US President Donald Trump announced he wanted to pull US troops out of Syria, the volatile man in the White House changed his mind.
By Michael Jansen - Sep 05,2018
Last Saturday, three ex-presidents, law makers, soldiers and select members of the public attended the funeral service in Washington for senator John McCain, who was lionised for fighting in a war the US lost and most citizens want to forget and for playing the maverick during hi
By Michael Jansen - Aug 30,2018
During his election campaign Republican candidate Donald Trump called foreign aid a waste of US tax dollars and pledged to spend on domestic rather than foreign development.He declared the US should halt funding "countries that hate us" without thinking why countries might “hate”
By Michael Jansen - Aug 15,2018
At least 18 people were injured when the Israeli air force struck the Said Al Meshal Cultural Centre in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza a week ago.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 08,2018
US President Donald Trump's "deal of the century" is certain to turn the Arabs against his administration if publicly presented. The only country in this region that could possibly accept the "deal" is Israel.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 01,2018
Where is the outrage? Last week, Daesh fighters slipped into the Druze-majority Sweida city and countryside and massacred more than 250 civilians, wounded scores and kidnapped three dozen women and men.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 26,2018
Israel has twice rejected Russian proposals for the deployment of forces in southern Syria following the capitulation of the insurgent forces in Daraa and Quneitra provinces.On Monday, Russia offered to exclude Hizbollah and pro-Iranian forces from a 100 kilometre-wide zone stret
By Michael Jansen - Jul 18,2018
The most positive statement by US President Donald Trump at the news conference following his one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was that the US and Russia could "save hundreds of thousands of lives in Syria".
By Michael Jansen - Jul 11,2018
The Syrian Southern Front's collapse was in the cards as soon as Syria's army and air force backed by Russia consolidated their hold on Damascus suburbs and countryside and shifted their focus to the south.