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By Michael Jansen - Jul 17,2019
The struggle for Syria is far from over.  Damascus has control of 65 per cent of the country's territory and intends to regain the rest.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 11,2019
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's decree ordering Shiite paramilitary factions belonging to the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) to renounce their political affiliations and integrate fully with the regular army is unlikely to be obeyed by the July 31 deadline.
By Michael Jansen - Jul 03,2019
US President Donald Trump's crossing of the demilitarised zone between South and North Korea on the weekend and his handshake with the latter's leader, Kim Jong-un, is not a template for calming tensions between the US and Iran.
By Michael Jansen - Jun 26,2019
Sunday's defeat of the candidate proposed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the election for mayor of Istanbul was a serious blow to the leader who has dominated Istanbul's political scene for a quarter of a century.
By Michael Jansen - Jun 19,2019
Britain is the only Western US ally that has swallowed the proclamation by President Donald Trump’s administration that Iran is responsible for six recent attacks on tankers in the Gulf. Disbelief has been expressed by a wide range of governments and pundits.
By Michael Jansen - Jun 13,2019
Raqqa is in ruins. Thousands of civilians are dead. Survivors are recovering their remains from under the rubble of homes, shops, public buildings, schools, hospitals and mosques. The US is the main culprit.
By Michael Jansen - May 30,2019
US President Donald Trump is about to authorise the sale of $8 billion worth of arms, mainly to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, by citing a federal law allowing him to declare a national emergency to bypass Congress, which opposes the war on Yemen and has halted suppli
By Michael Jansen - May 22,2019
US President Donald Trump has responded viciously to the first Republican lawmaker to charge him of impeachable conduct.
By Michael Jansen - May 16,2019
The repeatedly postponed Syrian government offensive against insurgent-held Idlib has begun, despite pleas from the UN, the West and humanitarian relief agencies that 3 million civilians dwell on the battleground.
By Michael Jansen - May 08,2019
Following last weekend's violent exchanges between Israel and Gaza, US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib asked, "When will the world stop dehumanising our Palestinian people, who just want to be free?" She was criticising media "framing", and rightly blamed media for contributing to Is



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