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By Michael Jansen - Mar 11,2020
Lebanon's decision to default on the repayment of a $1.2 billion Eurobond was inevitable. Prime Minister Hassan Diab was absolutely right to put d needs of the Lebanese over the timetable for paying the country's debilitating debts to international creditors.
By Michael Jansen - Mar 04,2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offensive in Syria's Idlib province could determine whether or not there will be a long-term base for Al Qaeda and its takfiri allies in the Eastern Arab world.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 26,2020
As soon as the Syrian government announced that the north-south highway was open last weekend, my courageous friend Jamil drove from Damascus to Aleppo and back. "The road was fine and very quick," he told me on the phone on his return to the capital.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 19,2020
When will the Trump administration stop bullying Iraq?
By Michael Jansen - Feb 12,2020
Donald Trump's acquittal in his Senate trial after being impeached for courting foreign intervention in the 2020 US elections and obstruction of Congress can only embolden him to adopt increasingly destructive policies in this region.
By Michael Jansen - Feb 05,2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered his forces to strike Syrian army positions in retaliation for targeting a Turkish military convoy bound for the Saraqeb in Syria's north-western Idlib province.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 29,2020
Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century", his "vision" of an Arab-Israeli peace settlement, is, as expected, a boon for Israel and a trap for the Palestinians. Everyone knew this would be the case. His deal could never have been otherwise.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 22,2020
Lebanon's largely peaceful uprising was fated to descend into violence if the demands of Lebanese in the streets were ignored by politicians determined to remain in power at any price.
By Michael Jansen - Jan 15,2020
The current occupant of the White House, Donald Trump, has reimposed the US military occupation on Iraq by rejecting Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi's call for the US to dispatch a team to Baghdad to establish a mechanism for the withdrawal of US and allied foreign forces from hi
By Michael Jansen - Jan 08,2020
US President Donald Trump's threat to bomb Iran's cultural sites in retaliation for attacks on US forces in the region makes him a modern day Hulagu.



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