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By Osama Al Sharif - May 06,2014
The race to the presidential palace in Egypt has officially kicked off this week with only two candidates in the race: Former defence minister Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, considered by most as the favourite, and underdog veteran politician for more than 40 years, Hamdeen Sabahi. There
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 29,2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas knew that he could never fill the shoes of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, the avuncular leader of the Palestinian people. Arafat’s charisma and intuitive style of leadership were in contrast to Abbas’ reserved demeanour and bureau
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 22,2014
In an extraordinary development, last Wednesday Royal Jordanian Air Force intercepted and then destroyed at least four vehicles that tried to cross the border from Syria. It was an unexpected escalation that underlined Jordan’s determination to stop the flow of infiltrator
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 15,2014
Someone who is not familiar with the Arab world would be excused if he believed that democracy is thriving in this part of the globe. Elections are due to take place in Algeria, Iraq and Egypt.
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 08,2014
It has been more than a year since US Secretary of State John Kerry launched his Middle East shuttle diplomacy in an effort to restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Last July, he convinced the two parties to engage in serious nine-month-long negotiatio
By Osama Al Sharif - Apr 01,2014
Time is running out for US Secretary of State John Kerry who is mediating peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Eight months have passed since he convinced the two sides to return to the negotiating table.
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 25,2014
Regardless of the resolutions that the Arab summit in Kuwait will adopt on Palestine, Syria, terrorism, economic and social development, and others, few in the vast Arab world, and beyond, will take notice. Most likely, most of these resolutions will join hundreds of others that
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 18,2014
As the Syrian conflict entered its fourth year this week, government forces, assisted by battle-hardened fighters from Hizbollah, were able to retake the rebel city of Yabrud, in the Qalamoun mountain range.  It was a major victory for the regime of President Bashar Assad a
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 11,2014
The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who is recovering from surgery and had to cut short his stay in the United States, will be hosting one of the toughest Arab League summits in recent history. The summit, which will be held in Kuwait on March 25, will b
By Osama Al Sharif - Mar 04,2014
The crisis between the West and Russia over recent events in Ukraine has become the central issue in international politics, replacing Syria and overshadowing others, such as Iran’s nuclear talks and the Mideast peace process. The swift military intervention by Russia in C