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Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem
Dec06

Cold fury: EU reacts to US stance on Jerusalem

The European Union’s response to US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem has been met with cold fury in senior EU echelons, with one political analyst in conversation with The Middle East in Europe describing the development as “yet another American own goal.” In private conversations shared with The Middle East in Europe, EU officials warned the United States in the event could be the ultimate loser if...

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With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown
Nov17

With Trump in the Oval Office, the world’s direction is a known unknown

Credit must be given, however grudgingly, where it is due. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, one of the jokers in the Bush pack, we are now awash with a great plethora of known unknowns.  With Donald Trump set to become American president come 20 January 2017, the world is entering an unknown territory, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In the forthcoming edition of the IISS journal Survival, eminent US...

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Turkey complicates the fight against ISIL
Jul28

Turkey complicates the fight against ISIL

Turkish diplomatic and military moves are complicating the fight against Daesh aka Islamic State, ISIL or ISIS. Today (28 July 2015) Turkey is hoping to widen European/NATO support for its military offensive in Syria whose ultimate aim remains far from clear. The Turkish attacks in Syria are seen in the West as helping the fight against ISIL. From Kurdish standpoints these attacks are aimed at crushing the Kurds. Are the Turkish hits...

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Need for global action on right to privacy: Steinmeier
Mar27

Need for global action on right to privacy: Steinmeier

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Minister called for concerted global action on the international right to privacy after the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted (26 March 2015) to create a mandate for a UN Special Rapporteur on citizens’ right to privacy. In a statement issued in Berlin (27 March 2015) Steinmeier said he was “delighted” over the new mandate, something that Germany had been working with...

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5 decades of transformation: An American-Bedouin story
Feb06

5 decades of transformation: An American-Bedouin story

As Jordan boils over the murder of air force pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh and weighs future course amid ISIL’s reign of terror, its many happier days in the Levant are invoked with moving pathos in a memoir from that era long gone. Through the Palace Keyhole by Ann Hutchison Sawalha, an American who married into a Bedouin family, is as much a personal history as a chronicle of a period marked by the Arab world’s coming of age in...

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