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By Michael Jansen - May 31,2023
The removal by Iran's clerical rulers of Ali Shamkhani from his post as head of the Supreme National Security Council is seen by analysts in Tehran as another move by hardliners to consolidate their reign.  Shamkhani is a moderate, pragmatic figure who held this position for
By Michael Jansen - May 24,2023
While UN and relief agencies and partisan groups dispute fatalities in the wider region's recent wars, the Costs of War Project at the Watson Institute at Brown University in the US has released a report which gives a comprehensive assessment of direct and indirect deaths from wa
By Michael Jansen - May 17,2023
Palestinian Nakba Day commemorations at the UN and the lifting of Syria's suspension from the Arab League have altered the trajectory of events in this region.The May 15th first-ever Nakba Day events at UN headquarters have, at long last, acknowledged that the UN treated the Pale
By Michael Jansen - May 10,2023
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan's discussions in Riyadh with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman coincided with the Arab League foreign ministers' decision to end the 12-year suspension of Syria from the League.
By Michael Jansen - May 04,2023
Syria is a land of mystery traffic jams.
By Michael Jansen - Apr 26,2023
In a bid to keep his presidential candidacy alive, Lebanon's Suleiman Frangieh travelled the road to Damascus last week for an informal meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
By Michael Jansen - Apr 19,2023
Muslims, Christians and Jews have peacefully celebrated major religious holidays around the world during this month everywhere but in Jerusalem, the city scared to all three Abrahamic faiths.
By Michael Jansen - Apr 12,2023
Once again, Haram Al Sharif, Al Aqsa Mosque, and the sublimely beautiful Dome of the Rock have become Ramadan flashpoints in the escalating conflict over possession of Palestine between Palestinians and Israelis.
By Michael Jansen - Apr 05,2023
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised US President Joe Biden for meddling in Israeli affairs by warning against the current extreme right-wing government's plan to subjugate Israel's supreme court to control by the Knesset.  This means subjecting the court to the auth
By Michael Jansen - Mar 29,2023
Faced with increasingly strident mass protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to overhaul the country's supreme courts, he has agreed to a "delay" in adoption while discussions among the proponents and opponents proceed.



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