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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Wednesday, 6 Aug, 2014

Aleppo’s Real-Life Soap Opera

As the Syrian conflict drags into its fourth year it is disappearing from the world’s television screens. New crises in Gaza, Ukraine and Libya have pushed Syria’s war down the news agenda, and the messy dynamics between the government, the rebels and the Islamists mean it is almost impossible for foreign journalists to report on the ground. But a team of actors and producers in rebel-held Aleppo have brought the grisly realities of the war to a new audience. Banned in Syria was a Ra...

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Reza H. Akbari
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on : Tuesday, 29 Jul, 2014

Rouhani Goes to College

One of the biggest disputes between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate administration and Iran’s conservative factions is centered on the issue of academic freedom. Conservative forces are attempting to stay in control of the country’s educational system, while the moderates are hoping to increase the autonomy of Iran’s universities. The outcome of this conflict will be a litmus test for the level of academic freedom permitted under the current administration. The regime’...

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Jonathan Cook
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on : Tuesday, 29 Jul, 2014

Stakes Rising in Israel

Israel’s effective loss of its only international airport for a couple of days last week—and the cloud of uncertainty that continues to hang over its operation in the futur...

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Tasbeeh Herwees
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on : Monday, 28 Jul, 2014

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Libya?

In the midst of massive political turmoil and militia violence last week, the Libyan High National Elections Commission finally released the results of the parliamentary elections ...

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Nasser Arrabyee
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on : Saturday, 26 Jul, 2014

Recriminations in Sana’a

The capture of the province of Amran and its capital by Houthi rebels earlier this month ignited a storm of recrimination in Yemen’s politics. That storm that continued to ra...

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Mona Alami
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on : Thursday, 24 Jul, 2014

Business as Usual in Lebanon

Writer Michael Karam vacations every summer in his mountain house. He sits in his garden overlooking the verdant Bekfaya region typing his latest commentary on Lebanese politics an...

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Thomas W. Lippman
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on : Wednesday, 23 Jul, 2014

Entering the Private Sector, But Where?

The most intriguing news stories to come out of Saudi Arabia in the past few weeks had nothing to do with oil or with any of the conflicts in the countries surrounding the Kingdom....

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Turkey’s President: New and Improved?

The presidential elections on August 10 will be a crucial turning point in the history of Turkish democracy, as it marks the first time the president of the Republic will be direct...

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Peter Salisbury
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on : Sunday, 20 Jul, 2014

The Houthis’ Next Move

Fighting in Yemen between the Houthis, a Zaydi Shi'a rebel group, and tribal and Sunni Islamist militias has come within miles of Sana'a in recent weeks, sparking fears that th...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Friday, 18 Jul, 2014

Another Headache for Tehran

The collapse of Baghdad’s authority in northern and western Iraq, together with the occupation of Kirkuk by Peshmerga fighters, has shortened the odds of Iraqi Kurdistan decl...

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