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By Michael Jansen - Nov 08,2017
Since the war erupted in Syria, I have travelled to that country more than ever before, but until my last visit, I was not able to get an overall impression of the impact of that conflict.During earlier visits, I had stayed in Damascus, from where I would go to Homs repeatedly, t
By Michael Jansen - Nov 01,2017
Catalan separatists should have been warned not to declare independence by what has happened to Iraqi Kurds since an overwhelming majority voted in favour of secession on September 25.By voting for separation, the Kurds attempted to escape the reality of the times.The nation
By Michael Jansen - Oct 25,2017
Western powers and Turkey involved in proxy and direct warfare in Syria are staking out territorial redoubts as the war against Daesh winds down and Syrian government forces consolidate their grip on the country’s major cities, natural resources and vast swathes of countryside.Th
By Michael Jansen - Oct 18,2017
The award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons coincided with rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in this region over US President Donald Trump’s alarming pronouncements.On the one hand, he threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury” i
By Michael Jansen - Oct 11,2017
Turkey’s latest intervention in the Syria conflict appears to reflect a 180-degree shift in its policy of backing Al Qaeda-linked takfiris and a range of largely fundamentalist insurgents, as well as the Saudi-sponsored Syrian opposition with the aim of bringing down President Ba
By Michael Jansen - Oct 04,2017
King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s arrival in Moscow today on a three-day official visit, the first ever by a Saudi monarch, reveals how times are a-changin’ in this region.The king’s discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place as Moscow marks the second an
By Michael Jansen - Sep 27,2017
Whenever the US attempts or effects “regime change”, disaster follows.North Korea is the latest country where Washington would like to oust the leadership, perhaps because its ruler, Kim Jong-un, called Donald Trump a “dotard”, a senile old man, after he dubbed Kim “rocket man”.B
By Michael Jansen - Sep 20,2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly vowed to “tear up” the 2015 deal between the Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany and Iran, providing for the dismantling of that country’s nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions.After moving
By Michael Jansen - Sep 13,2017
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units advanced into the Deir Ezzor province and took control of an industrial zone in a bid to challenge the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian army.They have just ended the siege of the provincial capital and the nearby airbase and consol
By Michael Jansen - Sep 06,2017
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura predicted that Daesh strongholds in Syria could fall by the end of October, which, in his view, could prompt the international community to press for free and fair elections.“What we are seeing is, in my opinion, the beginning of the end of this war...