OPINION | IRAQ: THE PEOPLE SHOULD REJECT SECTARIANISM ONCE AND FOR ALL

Sun 11 October 2020: Following public protests last October, the people of Iraq unified in an almost unprecedented manner. Baghdad witnessed the largest demonstrations condemning the country’s political system, ruling forces and parties, which prompted the authorities to resort to killing, intimidation and arrests to stop crowds of protesters surrounding the Green Zone. It also […]

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OPINION | TURKEY’S POPULARITY RISES IN PALESTINE WHILE EGYPT’S ROLE DECLINES

Sat 10 October 2020: Palestinians need support from friends and allies to form a significant Arab and Muslim bloc, which can endorse their position and reject the normalisation by some Arab regimes It is no secret that Egypt’s role in Palestine has been declining, especially after failing to mediate a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, […]

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OPINION | WHAT’S IRAN’S ROLE IN THE ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN CLASH?

Fri 09 October 2020: Iran seems to be quietly backing Armenia in the conflict. Renewed clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh are already a geopolitical flashpoint between Russia, which supports Yerevan, and Turkey, which supports Baku.  But what role does Iran, a Shia-Muslim majority country like Azerbaijan, which neighbours both countries, have? Experts with a close eye […]

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REMEMBERING SALADIN’S LIBERATION OF JERUSALEM

Sun 24 October 2020: On 2 October 1187, Ayyubid Sultan Salah Al-Din (known in the West as Saladin) liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders nearly a century after they captured the holy city from the Fatimid Caliphate. What: Saladin’s liberation of Jerusalem Where: Palestine When: 2 October 1187 The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem With a cry of ‘Deus vult!’ […]

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ROHINGYA REFUGEES FACE CONTINUOUS VIOLENCE

Sat 03 October 2020: Two Myanmar soldiers have confessed to committing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, giving more evidence of the genocide against the minority group. Two personnel in Myanmar’s military have confessed to “exterminating” Rohingya Muslims. Human rights defenders believe that this public acknowledgement could substantiate the ongoing international genocide investigation at the International Court of Justice against […]

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ANALYSIS – WHAT DO THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS ENTAIL FOR THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA?

Mon 28 September 2020: Israeli and Emirati relations could lead to a wider empowerment of secessionist and counter-revolutionary actors, while Washington’s favor for both countries would only bolster their cooperation After the normalization ceremony in Washington on Sept. 15, where Israel officially established full diplomatic relations with both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), […]

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OPINION | THERE CAN BE NO STABILITY IN MALI AS LONG AS IT IS DEPENDENT ON FRANCE

Thu 10 September 2020: Paris still views Mali as a French protectorate, in which terrorism constitutes a threat to its own interests Mali has witnessed four military coups since its independence from France in 1960, averaging a coup every twenty years. The exception is that last month’s coup came eight years after the previous one […]

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