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By Michael Jansen - Apr 23,2014
During my recent visits to Beirut and Damascus, unidentified sources I interviewed revealed uncomfortable truths that the Western powers and their allies are determined to conceal or ignore. The hullabaloo raised about Syria’s declaration that it intends to hold its presid
By Michael Jansen - Apr 09,2014
The lifting of a militia blockade on two of Libya’s oil terminals has eased the crisis in that country and ended Tripoli’s threat to dispatch forces to Benghazi. The terminals at Zueitina, south of Benghazi, and Hariga, to the east, have been handed over to the gover
By Michael Jansen - Apr 02,2014
The triumph of Turkey’s fundamentalist Freedom and Development Party (AKP) in local elections is bad news for both Syria and Cyprus. The AKP’s success is certain to embolden Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stand for president in the country’s first presi
By Michael Jansen - Mar 26,2014
Baghdad has been rated as one of the world’s worst cities to live in, alongside Bangui in war-torn Central African Republic and the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, which has not yet recovered from a massive earthquake in 2010. Baghdad, once the capital of the Abbasid empir
By Michael Jansen - Mar 19,2014
Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour argued in an interview aired this week that the country had made progress in implementing the roadmap drawn up in the wake of the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last July. He said ratification of the new constitution in January was
By Michael Jansen - Mar 12,2014
The “Ides of March” was a turning point for the Arab region as was March 15, 44 BC, the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. This event began the transformation of the Roman Republic into the dictatorial Roman Empire. In 2011, Syria followed Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and
By Michael Jansen - Mar 05,2014
During the 1950s and 1960s, Turkey was proclaimed the success story of this region. Experts argued that the country had transformed itself from the powerhouse of the Ottoman Empire to a secular, modernising, democratic, Western-oriented republic. But two factors were ignored: t
By Michael Jansen - Feb 26,2014
One must not be misled by the similarities between developments in Ukraine and the January-February 2011 and June 2013 events in Egypt. It is true that the hub of the uprisings was Maidan (Independence) Square and Midan Al Tahrir (Liberation Square) in both countries and that te
By Michael Jansen - Feb 19,2014
The suicide bomber who slew two South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver of their bus last Sunday was dispatched by Ansar Beit Al Maqdis, the radical jihadist group operating in the northern Sinai, which is now expanding its reach into Egypt “proper” and southe
By Michael Jansen - Feb 12,2014
Good news from Syria is not news for many a quality Western newspaper.



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