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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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Arab world: the seeds of a new Spring

By Andrew England and Heba  Saleh Drastic reduction of state subsidies, inflation, unemployment, repression, galloping population … All the factors of the explosion of 2011 are still there. And are getting worse. “Friends were shot dead next to me, in front of me and behind me,” Soghayer recalls …

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Five scenarios that could develop in the coming year

By Seth Frantzman The United States is considering reducing or ending its presence in Syria, according to President Donald Trump. In Ohio last week Trump said, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like very soon.” According to CNN, he told advisers in February that America must achieve victory …

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Lebanese Parliamentary Coming Elections: A Gigantic Political Rivalry

By Sondoss Al Assaad The Lebanese constitution stipulates that the parliamentary electoral process take place every four years; however, the political unrest during the recent years has delayed this election, rankling voters and galvanizing a campaign to change electoral laws. Per Lebanon’s constitution, it is committed that the …

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Three Objectives for the Trump-Kim Summit

By Martin Navias  Should President Trump meet Kim Jong-un as planned, there are three key but achievable objectives that President Trump’s team should emphasize. These objectives fall short of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but North Korea will never surrender its nuclear weapons or its ballistic missiles …

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Does the Saudi Crown Prince’s Rosy Rhetoric Indicate Real Change?

By Zvi  Bar’el In the interview that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman granted to The Atlantic, there were many questions that were not asked The great excitement over the remarks of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is understandable. Finally, after more than a century since the …

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Bin Salman seeks US approval by sucking up to Israel

By Abdel Bari Atwan A close reading of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin-Salman’s lengthy interview with The Atlanticleaves the impression that it is the most important and significant he has yet given  — not just because of the new attitudes and information it revealed, but also in terms of the …

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April Arab Summit decisive and at critical time

By Shehab Al Makahleh The 29th Arab League Summit which will be held in Riyadh on April 15th is taking place at volatile Arab and international atmospheres, amid sharp Arab divisions and disagreements. In the midst of various dangers the Arab countries are facing due to the repercussions …

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