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    Despite the pre-war strength—on paper—of the Syrian armed forces, the fighting in Syria has stretched the limits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s military resources. Now in its fo...

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    Despite numerous changes over the years, classical texts have remained the basis for Persian literature studies in Iranian schools, from the old madrasas to the present day. This has led to ...

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  • Editorial: Algeria’s Tragicomedy

    Editorial: Algeria’s Tragicomedy
    As presidential elections on April 17 draw nearer, Algerians are both protesting and joking about three-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for an unprecedented fourth te...

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  • Iran’s Fourth Estate

    Iran’s Fourth Estate
    The state of the Iranian media can serve as a bellwether for understanding where the country is headed. In the past, the restrictions under which Iranian journalists had to operate fluctuate...
Nima Khorrami Assl
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on : Wednesday, 12 Oct, 2011

IT Superpower

Since the end of the Cold War, India's Middle East diplomacy has undergone some major and indeed radical changes. As the direct consequence of a generational change in its leadership as well as its market liberalisation efforts at home, Indian diplomacy is now based on realism and neo-liberalism whereby national interests are prioritised over anti-western or anti-imperialist ideals, while economic engagement and cooperation is seen as critical in securing geopolitical interests. Today, t...

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Paula Mejia
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on : Tuesday, 11 Oct, 2011

The Year of Women

Last Friday the Nobel Prize committee awarded the Peace Prize to three women for their non-violent role in promoting peace and gender equality. The three recipients included Tawakkol Karman, a liberal Islamist from Yemen who has been leading protests against President Saleh since the Arab Spring began earlier this year. The other two recipients were Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson of Liberia — the first woman to be elected president in modern Africa — and her fellow peace activist Leymah Gbowee....

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Safaa Azab
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on : Tuesday, 11 Oct, 2011

The Last Interview part II

To read part one of this interview, please click here To read part three click here The Majalla: Is it true that you oppose the cancellation of the natural gas supply agr...

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James Denselow
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on : Tuesday, 11 Oct, 2011

A Simple Strategy

Six months after the outbreak of protests in Syria there is little sign of the violence halting any time soon. Over 2,700 people have been killed and tens of thousands have eit...

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Alastair Beach
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on : Monday, 10 Oct, 2011

All Because of the Revolution

As young Egyptians gathered in a crowded tea house near Tahrir Square following last night’s deadly violence, the owner was in no doubt who was to blame for the latest trou...

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on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

Hollywood’s Algeria

Production year: 2010 Country: Rest of the world Runtime: 138 mins Directors: Rachid Bouchareb Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sabrina Seyvecou, Sami Bouajila ...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

How To Learn From the Present

Learning from Libya: The Right Lessons for NATO Damon M. Wilson Issue brief, Atlantic Council Aug 16, 2011 Damien M. Wilson, the Executive Vice President and author...

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Nima Khorrami Assl
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on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

A Paradigm Shift in Turkey

A combination of domestic, regional, and international factors were at play when Turkey decided to forgo the "isolationism and dependency" of its pre-World War Two and Cold W...

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Jacqueline Shoen
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on : Friday, 7 Oct, 2011

Let the Campaigns Begin

This past Saturday, Tunisia’s 111 registered political parties were given the go ahead to begin their campaigns, just about three weeks before election day. Garnering gra...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Thursday, 6 Oct, 2011

The Heavy Metallers of Kabul

The telephone call came a few hours before the rock concert was due to start. Security trumped ticket sales, backed by the justified fears that Muslim fundamentalists might...

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