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The second greatest disaster for Israel

By Claude Salhani –  Of the many conflicts fought between Israel and its Arab neigh­bours since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, the 1967 six-day war carries particular importance as it changed the very psyche of the Middle … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theories, Russia’s antidote to chemical weapons

by Claude Salhani There is a new weapon in the war in Syria besides chemical agents: It is called conspiracy theories. Well, then again, maybe they are not so new. Conspiracy theories have been around forever and range from the … Continue reading

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Oops, Syria did it again

by Claude Salhani Syria stands accused once again of using chemical agents against its civilian population. In this latest episode, at least 87people are reported to have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise. After the incident, French … Continue reading

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How Trump’s tweets affect relations with Iran

by Claude Salhani – US President Donald Trump is undermin­ing his administra­tion by shooting from the hip with contradictory and often deceitful and misleading postings on Twitter. This very unpresidential behaviour will weigh against him in any nego­tiations he may … Continue reading

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Why Bashar Assad survives the Syrian deluge

by Claude Salhani – Logic, if it applied in this war, would dictate that by now — six long and murderous years into the conflict — Syrian President Bashar Assad should carry the blame for the sectarian violence that has … Continue reading

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Much more than brute military force needed to defeat ISIS

By Claude Salhani US President Donald Trump has reiter­ated his intent to go after the Islamic State (ISIS) and eradicate the jihadi terror organisation, which has taken over large regions of Iraq and Syria and claimed responsi­bility for many vicious … Continue reading

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War on ISIS more complicated than Trump says

By Claude Salhani One of the promises made by Donald Trump on the cam­paign trail last year was that one of his priorities would be “the total destruction of ISIS”. Trump has repeated this pledge several times since tak­ing office … Continue reading

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The wider issue of travel bans goes beyond Trump

The debate over US President Donald Trump’s attempt to impose a ban on travel to the United States on people from seven majority Muslim countries continues. Tens of thousands of opponents to the measure have taken to the streets in … Continue reading

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Palestine — the forgotten cause

By Claude Salhani — With the brouhaha over its attempts to decree a travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration has much on its hands as it tries to imple­ment unpopular decisions. However, it might be … Continue reading

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The failure to predict

By Claude Salhani The Obama administra­tion will no doubt be blamed for the sad state of affairs that have plagued parts of the Middle East during its time in office. That would be justified in part in regards to the … Continue reading

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