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By Michael Jansen - Oct 01,2014
Last week, Europe’s nearest landfall to the coast of Syria, Cyprus, received its first boatpeople and now faces the challenge posed by Syrian asylum seekers setting sail on leaky boats from Mediterranean ports. That boat carried 345 migrants — 200 men, 93 women and 5
By Michael Jansen - Sep 24,2014
Lebanon is already the third battlefront in the war against the Islamic State (IS) and, like embattled Syria and Iraq, it has neither the political unity needed nor the material means to fight its battle. Veteran analyst Marie Nassif-Debs said: “We have no president”
By Michael Jansen - Sep 17,2014
The election of former Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the country’s president and his appointment of former foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister has made it all the more difficult for Ankara to cooperate with the coalition against the Islamic S
By Michael Jansen - Sep 10,2014
US President Barack Obama has opted for a faulty, contradictory policy in the fight against the Islamic State. On the one hand, his administration hailed the formation of the new Iraqi government, meant to be his chief tool in this effort, as a “major milestone”, whi
By Michael Jansen - Sep 03,2014
Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza has been a costly business, both for Israel and Gaza. Israel launched its attack as the country’s economic growth had slowed from 2.8 to 1.7 per cent and exports, accounting for about one-third of the economy, had declined by 18 per cent,
By Michael Jansen - Aug 27,2014
Politicians and pundits wrongly claim that Hamas and its armed allies secured nothing in the latest Egyptian ceasefire plan beyond what was offered in its initial proposal, put forward in mid-July.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 20,2014
Despite the loss of the Mosul dam, a major reverse in Iraq, the Islamic State (IS), remains a supremely confident organisation that counts God on its side and believes that ultimately its “Islamic state” or cross-border caliphate will survive and succeed. The recorde
By Michael Jansen - Aug 06,2014
US President Barack Obama should be ashamed.
By Michael Jansen - Aug 02,2014
Instead of celebrating the rites of the Arab Spring with freedom, democracy and good governance, the region has entered a dark season of war and destruction comparable to the era when the Mongol leader Hulagu besieged and sacked Baghdad.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 23,2014
Gaza’s fate might have been very different if Israel had adopted a positive policy towards the narrow Mediterranean coastal strip after the 1967 occupation.



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