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By Hassan A. Barari - Aug 18,2014
For obvious reasons, Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al Maliki had to be sacrificed for the sake an inclusive political game in Iraq. A coalition of Shiite parties and religious figures reached the conclusion that Maliki could not end the political deadlock in Baghdad and save the cr
By Hassan A. Barari - Aug 11,2014
After two months of unchecked expansion of the Islamic State in the north of Iraq, American combat planes and drones struck its militants. While the American step is supposed to be narrow in scope, it has boosted the morale of the minorities and Kurds whose fighters have lost gr
By Hassan A. Barari - Jul 21,2014
Gaza has been under heavy attack from Israeli troops since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Footage released by various media outlets show dozen of bodies scattered on the street of Shejaiya neighbourhood in the eastern part of Gaza.
By Hassan A. Barari - Jul 14,2014
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that both Hamas and Israel are hostage to events — caused by the impasse in the peace process — rather than being driven by a strategy to put an end to the conflict.
By Hassan A. Barari - Jul 07,2014
The heightened tension in the occupied territories cannot be more obvious.
By Hassan A. Barari - Jun 30,2014
Iraq is most likely to descend into a civil war.
By Hassan A. Barari - Jun 23,2014
There is near consensus among observers and pundits that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has been the key impediment to building an inclusive Iraq. His narrow sectarian prism has triggered a series of revolts in a post-Saddam Iraq. US President Barack Obama said on Thursda
By Hassan A. Barari - Jun 16,2014
There is no doubt that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will always seek to reignite the conflict between the disgruntled Sunni minority and the Shiite-dominated government of Nouri Al Maliki in Iraq. Therefore, the problem is not the sudden collapse of the Iraqi
By Hassan A. Barari - Jun 09,2014
It is hard to figure out how votes could be cast as the Syrian air force jets were bombarding various areas in the country with crude explosive devices. In war-torn Syria, holding the presidential election under such circumstances and against the backdrop of a protracted bloody
By Hassan A. Barari - Jun 02,2014
The United States — under both George Bush and Barack Obama — has been following an ineffective foreign policy in the Middle East. The decline in the American influence in the region could not be more obvious. Over the last several years, Iran has benefited from the

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