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By Hassan A. Barari - Mar 24,2014
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Syrian President Bashar Assad never thought of stepping down, even when many suspected that his days were numbered. The international community may have put pressure on him, but he opted to buy time to decide the matter on the ground. Not
By Hassan A. Barari - Mar 17,2014
In response to the killing of a Jordanian jurist by an Israeli soldier last week, Jordan’s Lower House of Parliament demanded on Wednesday that the government expel Israel’s ambassador, pull out Jordanian ambassador from Tel Aviv and release former army soldier Ahmed
By Hassan A. Barari - Mar 10,2014
Far from being calm, the Gulf region is witnessing new developments that have the potential of rocking the GCC boat. Tensions between allies in the Gulf region broke out a week ago when three key Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates) pulled their am
By Hassan A. Barari - Feb 24,2014
In a meeting with senior government officials two days ago, King Abdullah expressed his principled position that he would never accept turning Jordan into the “alternative homeland” for the Palestinians. Jordan is host to 40 per cent of Palestinian refugees who had t
By Hassan A. Barari - Feb 17,2014
The conditions required to support a thriving and functioning democracy (such as a democratic culture) do not exist in present-day Jordan. And yet, there are many activists who push for genuine reform. Unfortunately, Jordan has failed to seize the opportunity offered by the A
By Hassan A. Barari - Feb 10,2014
At the heart of the Arab Spring was the urge to effect change and empower citizens.
By Hassan A. Barari - Feb 03,2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to present the framework of a Palestinian-Israeli deal soon.  The contents of the framework have been made public.
By Hassan A. Barari - Jan 27,2014
Implicit in the statements made by some senior members of the Cabinet is that the government feels that it is just about time a new electoral law should be enacted. It is early to celebrate, though.
By Hassan A. Barari - Jan 20,2014
Under intense American pressure, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces decided to participate in tomorrow’s Geneva talks in a bid to end the deadly conflict in Syria. The American pressure on the opposition to attend the conference is a
By Hassan A. Barari - Jan 13,2014
Long-time observers of Palestinian politics suspect that President Mahmoud Abbas may have already opened a back channel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reach a peace deal. While sources close to Abbas rule out such “rumours”, Abbas’ record



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