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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.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 03,2018
The Trump-Netanyahu nexus is, on the basic level, bad news for Palestine, Israel, the US, the region and the international community.  Trump’s latest outrage is his threat to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and to UNRWA unless Ramallah returns to talks with an
By Michael Jansen - Dec 27,2017
Christians in Jordan celebrated Christmas in peace and quiet while co-religionists in neighbouring Palestine faced the spiritual blow delivered by Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as well as restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation.
By Michael Jansen - Dec 20,2017
Donald Trump has been trumped over his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in breach of a 70-year-old commitment to refrain from doing so.  On Monday, his UN ambassador Nikki Haley was compelled to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling upon him to res
By Michael Jansen - Dec 13,2017
US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has breached the global policy laid down in the November 1947 partition resolution which divided Palestine into three parts: a Palestinian state, a Jewish state and a UN-administered corpus separatum
By Michael Jansen - Dec 07,2017
No one can predict what the Trump administration will do in this region where Arabs, Kurds, Iranians and Turks face destitution, death and destruction due to raging and prospective conflicts.



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