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Whatever happened in Douma, an invasion is not the answer

By Maria Dubovikova Who benefits from a chemical attack such as the one reported to have taken place in Douma last weekend? Is it Russia or Syria? Hardly. It was already clear that any such attack would provoke a tough response from the US and its allies — …

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The significance of the upcoming Iraqi elections

By Maria Dubovikova Campaigning began on Saturday ahead of the Iraqi parliamentary elections, which will be held on May 12. Some 7,000 candidates have registered to stand and will compete for 329 parliamentary seats. But how will the elections affect Iraq’s relations with its Arab neighbors? For the …

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Turkey’s rapprochement with Iran, tactical or strategic?

By Shehab Al Makahleh At a time when relations between the traditional rivals of the US and Russia do not seem well with so many complicated files including the Syrian cause, Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan has been trying to walk on the Russian and American tight ropes, …

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Jordan Between Regional Threats and Internal Pressures: The Economic Key

By Shehab Al Makahleh Jordan’s King Abdullah II came to power in February 1999 in the aftermath of King Hussein. For the past nineteen years of his rule, he has kept the kingdom stable, despite the hardships and challenges that the whole Middle East region is undergoing, ranging …

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Syria MISSILE STRIKE ‘within hours’: Eastern Mediterranean on ALERT for ‘possible launch

A coalition force could fire “air-to-ground or cruise missiles” in the wake of a horrifying chemical attack on innocent civilians in Syria last week. Aviation experts AirLive have reported this evening a “rapid alert notification” warning aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean to be wary of a sudden missile strike. AirLive …

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New Nuclear Policy Expands Arms Race With Russia, China

President Trump’s recently released Nuclear Posture Review reflects an enduring struggle by the U.S. nuclear weapons establishment to fit into the post–Cold War world. For decades following World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union built grossly oversized nuclear arsenals and never envisioned having to stop. …

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How the 2003 US-led invasion changed Iraq forever

By Shatha Al Juburi Fifteen years after the US and its allies invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, the country is still entrenched in a cycle of sectarian violence and rampant corruption. No one knows how many Iraqis have died. Some estimates put the number of deaths at more than …

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How China and the U.S. Are Spawning a Global Rivalry Over the Seas

By Alfred McCoy  Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The U.S. and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so …

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