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Sabah Al-Mousawi
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on : Saturday, 19 Apr, 2014

Debate: Iran is exploiting Sunni Islamists

Does the understanding that has crystallized between Washington and Tehran over jihadist groups neglect to take into consideration Iran's regional expansion? Yes, because the stated enmity between the two countries is not deeply ingrained, nor does it form an obstacle to cooperation between the two. Anyone familiar with Washington's policies toward Tehran knows that relations between the two countries are fraught with distrust and confusion. Over the past 35 years, relations between the U...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Saturday, 19 Apr, 2014

Debate: Iran is confronting Sunni Islamists

Since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, the Shi’a Islamist authorities in Tehran have gone to great lengths to carry the banner of the Islamic world. The trouble has so often been that other Islamist movements have either been reluctant to, or have simply rejected, any aspirations of the Iranian leadership. The reasons are manifold, but a couple of principal obstacles have stopped Iran’s Islamist rulers from being appealing to Islamists from other parts of the Islami...

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Bakir Oweida
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on : Friday, 18 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Palestinian “Pessoptimism”

There is nothing new in saying it is the fate of those who hope for the best for all those around them to face the consequences of these dreams and the pains that accompany them. W...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 18 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Putin’s Next Hunting Ground

Having flexed his muscles in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to mark out the Caspian Basin as another zone of influence for Moscow. Next week, foreign minist...

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Abdel Monem Said
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on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Keeping Egypt’s Lights On

In the days of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the perpetual complaint was that the faces in government never changed. Some ministers held on to their seats for more than ...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Profuse Apologies to Sykes and Picot

Conflicting field reports emerged earlier this week about the Syrian town of Maaloula falling into the hands of the regime’s army, Hezbollah and other allies of Syrian President ...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Assassinating the Future

Regardless of how we characterize the armed conflict that has been taking place in Syria for more than three years between the opposition and the regime, its symptoms are not too d...

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Mshari Al-Zaydi
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on : Wednesday, 16 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Keep Calm and Carry On

The more people there are, the more problems they have. We live in a time of peak population saturation; the land is full of people wherever you go. According to estimates, the wor...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Opinion: A Mixed Record

When US investigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh writes an article accusing Turkish intelligence of involvement in the chemical attack in Syria’s suburb of Ghouta last s...

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Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 15 Apr, 2014

Opinion: Arab unity comes before a UN seat

Since the beginning of the new century, Arabs have demanded a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. The demand came in response to the UN’s promises of reform. The UN, as it...

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