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Devil is in the detail before new round of Syria peace talks

Devil is in the detail before new round of Syria peace talks

Two weeks after they jointly called for a political solution to Syria's civil war, foreign ministers and senior officials from Russia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East struggled on Friday to turn that idea into a more concrete plan. As those officials returned...

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The Hidden Danger of Safe Zones in Syria

The Hidden Danger of Safe Zones in Syria

 (The Atlantic)- In 1993, during the brutal civil war in Bosnia, the United Nations declared the Bosnian Muslim town of Srebrenica to be a “safe area” for civilians, protected by several hundred Dutch peacekeepers. Two years later, on July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb units overran the town....

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Allies of Egypt's Leader Fear He's in Jihadis' Crosshairs

Allies of Egypt's Leader Fear He's in Jihadis' Crosshairs

By Eli Lake & Josh Rogin Since 2013, Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has kept a tight grip on his country. He has jailed, killed and exiled his Islamist opposition. Nonetheless, Israeli officials are said to worry whether he can hold on to power. Speaking Thursday to the...

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What the return of the Arab strongman means for the Middle East

What the return of the Arab strongman means for the Middle East

On Oct. 18, Egypt began the first phase of parliamentary elections, but many voters shunned the balloting and turnout is estimated at a measly 15 percent . Most Egyptians seem to have decided that the election results are a foregone conclusion, with a new parliament that will kowtow to...

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On displacement, migration and the wave of Europe-bound asylum-seekers

On displacement, migration and the wave of Europe-bound asylum-seekers

 Syrian refugees are forcibly displaced persons. They were driven out from their home areas deliberately, following a policy of collective punishment, systematic bombardment and mass murder. Many were forced to migrate from their populated neighbourhoods, after these were turned into...

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ISW: The ISIS Defense in Iraq and Syria: Countering an Adaptive Enemy

ISW: The ISIS Defense in Iraq and Syria: Countering an Adaptive Enemy

(Institute For the Study of War)- Some have claimed that ISIS is on the defensive inside Iraq and Syria. A defensive strategy, however, is not a sign of organizational weakness, but rather a sign that ISIS intends to preserve its holdings in Iraq and Syria and keep its claim to a caliphate....

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ISIS expected to carry out 'more advances' as one year anniversary approaches

ISIS expected to carry out 'more advances' as one year anniversary approaches

Isis expected to carry out 'more violence, more advances, more attacks' as one year anniversary of Islamic State declaration approaches As one year anniversary of the so-called “caliphate” declared by Isis approaches, the group will be seeking to make itself appear “stronger and more...

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The lesson of the Houthis' success: Azmi Bishara

The lesson of the Houthis' success: Azmi Bishara

By Azmi Bishara (al-Araby al-Jadeed)- The Houthi movement has followed a model of power politics seen in revolutions from the past, in which rebel forces master the game of alliances, placating some opponents and using force against others who are harder...

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Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: rights groups

Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: rights groups

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern  Iraq  and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday....

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Islamic State uses social media to groom British Muslim girls: think tank

Islamic State uses social media to groom British Muslim girls: think tank

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Islamic State is using social media and the promise of adventure to lure British Muslim girls to join its cause, an anti-extremism think tank said on Monday, as police attempt to trace three London...

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ISIS has built near-impregnable base and mass appeal: New book

ISIS has built near-impregnable base and mass appeal: New book

PARIS (AFP) - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has learned from the mistakes of past extremist movements and established a near-impregnable base of support within Iraq and Syria with spectacular appeal to many of the world's Sunni Muslims, a new book has warned....

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Yemen and the manufacture of sectarianism

Yemen and the manufacture of sectarianism

  (Al Araby Al Jadeed)- Yemen has in recent years provided a live practical demonstration of the maxim that political sectarianism is manufactured, rather than inherent. It is acquired rather than natural. Historically, Yemen was never party to...

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Not Just Iraq: The Islamic State Is Also on the March in Syria

Not Just Iraq: The Islamic State Is Also on the March in Syria

Since their capture of Iraq's second city of Mosul on June 10, a great deal of attention has been paid to the self-labeled 'Islamic State' and its continuing advance across Iraq. On August 2, Islamic State fighters seized the largely Yazidi town of Sinjar and on August 3, they...

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Bishara: Hezbollah, Iran condemn Israeli offensive 'just to avoid blame'

Bishara: Hezbollah, Iran condemn Israeli offensive 'just to avoid blame'

Translation by Dani Murad (Zaman Alwasl)- Appearing in an interview with Al Jazeera news channel, The Palestinian thinker Dr. Azmi Bishara renewed his predictions of the failure of Israel’s aggression on Gaza, which according to him will eventually...

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Legendary resistance will break the siege, undermines Israel's policy: Bishara

Legendary resistance will break the siege, undermines Israel's policy: Bishara

 (Translation by Dani Murad) (Zaman Alwasl)- In an interview with Al Jazeera news channel on Thursday, the prominent Palestinian thinker Azmi Bishara predicted that the tragedy of the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip will end with lifting the...

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Al Jazeera hosts Azmi Bishara in analysis over Israel's Gaza offensive

Al Jazeera hosts Azmi Bishara in analysis over Israel's Gaza offensive

  (Zaman Alwasl)- Al Jazeera satellite channel Thursday hosts  the prominent Arabic thinker Azmi Bishara to highlight recent developments over the Israeli offensive on Gaza strip which puts death toll at 700 Palestinians and more than 4,100 were...

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Syria’s Phony Election: False Numbers and Real Victory

Syria’s Phony Election: False Numbers and Real Victory

The results are in and Bashar al-Assad has won his third seven-year term as president of Syria with a score of 88.7 percent of the votes . That’s a modest figure by the standards of Syria’s ruling family, which in forty-four years has never before settled for...

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Raging with the Machine: Robert Fisk, Seymour Hersh and Syria

Raging with the Machine: Robert Fisk, Seymour Hersh and Syria

By P U L S E Media Org| In the West, Robert Fisk and Seymour Hersh are considered critical journalists. They occupy dissident positions in the English-speaking press. Among Syrians, however, they are viewed very differently. The problem with their writings on Syria is that it...

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