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By Michael Jansen - Feb 04,2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud bloc is leading in opinion polls ahead of that country’s March 17 early general elections. The latest poll gave right-wing Likud 26 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, while 24 seats were projected for its nearest rival
By Michael Jansen - Jan 28,2015
The depredations of the so-called Islamic State have forced US President Barack Obama and his advisors to rethink their attitude towards President Bashar Assad and his government in Damascus. When asked late last year if the US still actively discussing ways to remove Assad as p
By Michael Jansen - Jan 15,2015
Catholic bishop of Jos Ignatius Kaigama accused the international community of lacking determination to tackle Boko Haram, the extremist movement which has slain thousands and taken hundreds prisoner in northeastern Nigeria. He questioned last weekend's demonstrations in France
By Michael Jansen - Jan 14,2015
With the end of combat missions by US-led NATO troops, the ill-trained and overstretched Afghan army is having to assume responsibility for conducting the battle against the Taliban, which has gone over to the offensive and recently regained territory lost to NATO forces. While
By Michael Jansen - Dec 31,2014
Hamas has been criticised in liberal Western quarters for barring the visit to Israel of 37 children orphaned by Israel’s 50-day offensive against Gaza that killed 2,160 Gazans and wounded 6,000 last summer. Those chosen for the visit were children of slain combatant fathe
By Michael Jansen - Dec 24,2014
  The cost of the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State has surpassed the $1 billion mark. US and allied fliers have flown more than 13,000 combat missions and dropped 4,000 munitions.
By Michael Jansen - Dec 17,2014
In the run-up to Christmas, senior Christian and Muslim figures have called on the Christians of this region, home to all three Abrahamic faiths, to stay on in spite of the violence perpetrated by the Islamic State (IS), Jabhat Al Nusra and other extremists against all who do not
By Michael Jansen - Dec 10,2014
On Tuesday, UNHCR convened a gathering in Geneva with the aim of pressing wealthy countries to provide $7.2 billion in financial assistance for Syrian refugees and to offer asylum or resettlement for 130,000 of the 3.2 million registered refugees now living in Jordan, Lebanon, Tu
By Michael Jansen - Dec 03,2014
The dismissal on technical grounds of the case against ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak for failing to prevent or halt violence against protesters during the 2011 uprising was expected but condemned by Egyptians and Egyptian organisations across the political spectrum, and
By Michael Jansen - Nov 26,2014
The Monday resignation of US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel followed President Barack Obama’s curious clarification of his stance on Syrian President Bashar Assad. Addressing media on November 16, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, Obama dismissed t



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