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Is this the death of democracy in Afghanistan?

The unity deal is widely seen as a setback in the war-battered country’s process of democratisation. Helena Malikyar     Helena Malikyar is an Afghan political analyst and historian. “Death of democracy” is the phrase that has gone viral on social media among young Afghans since the September 21 announcement of a deal between the country’s […]

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ISIL crisis: Everyone’s a winner

The geopolitics of the US war on ISIL means everyone could benefit except for those living in areas under ISIL control.     James Denselow James Denselow is a writer on Middle East politics and security issues and a research associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. Al Jazeera   Last updated: 23 Sep 2014 11:23 US President […]

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US/Israel-Created Middle East Tensions –Making of Regional Implosion

by NORMAN POLLACK Norman Pollack has written on Populism. His interests are social theory and the structural analysis of capitalism and fascism. He can be reached at pollackn@msu.edu. Counterpunch   September 22, 2014 The US designedly engenders political-diplomatic conflict wherever it goes and whenever it can, not because it is integrally infantile or churlish, but because […]

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Is Turkey Colluding with ISIS? The Mystery Over the Surprise Release of 49 Turkish Diplomats

by PATRICK COCKBURN Patrick Cockburn’s new book is The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising. Counterpunch     September 23, 2014 Mystery surrounds the surprise release of 49 Turkish diplomats and their families held captive for three months by Isis. The Turkish government is denying any deal with the hostage-takers, making it unclear why Isis, […]

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Robert Fisk: John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria

Anyone who has studied Syria knows the moderate opposition doesn’t exist Independent   Sunday 21 September 2014 John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”. […]

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Israeli forces kill Palestinians suspected of murdering three teenagers which led to escalation in hostilities with Hamas in Gaza

Ben Lynfield Hebron Independent   Tuesday 23 September 2014 Israeli soldiers have entered the Palestinian self-rule area of the West Bank city of Hebron and killed two Palestinians suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June. The teenagers’ deaths helped to trigger an escalation in hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The two […]

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Iraq’s Islamist Kurds under fire from both sides of the war

Hugh Naylor The National, Abu Dhabi      September 21, 2014 Updated: September 22, 2014 ERBIL // Islamist politicians in Iraqi Kurdistan say they are under fire from both sides as the region fights off an offensive by ISIL militants. Navigating Islamist politics in Kurdistan has always been a struggle, but Soran Omar and his fellow Islamists […]

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