INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What we are seeing now are fundamental re-emerging realities: Europe is a highly fragmented collection of nation-states. China contains its centrifugal forces through a powerful and repressive government in Beijing. Russia is neither an equal of the U.S. nor a helpless cripple to be ignored or tutored. And the map of the Middle East, created by the Ottomans and the Europeans, has hidden underlying forces that are rearing their heads.
Posted: April 20, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Arab economies are estimated to be growing at between 2-3%, but annual growth of around 6.0% must be achieved if unemployment and poverty are to be contained.
Posted: April 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Despite progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in four children and young adolescents are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
Posted: April 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The current balancing act in the Middle East represents a fundamental rebalancing of American strategy. It is still clumsy and poorly thought out, but it is happening. And for the rest of the world, the idea that the Americans are coming will become more and more rare.
Posted: April 14, 2015
SYRIA. Human Rights Watch has released a statement suggesting Syrian troops used chemical weapons on at least 6 occasions between March 16-31.
Posted: April 7, 2015
UAE. Forbes Middle East reveals top 100 richest Arabs on earth; 49 Arab billionaires, sharing total wealth of $155.1 bn; Top 100 hail from 12 Arab countries with Saudi Arabia in the lead.
Posted: April 2, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. IS fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power.
Posted: March 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Washington is moving away from the strategy it has followed since the early 2000s - of being the prime military force in regional conflicts - and is shifting the primary burden of fighting to regional powers while playing a secondary role.
Posted: March 30, 2015
EGYPT. Saudi Arabia accused Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Bashar al-Assad.
Posted: March 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said that government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest.
Posted: March 18, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "General Allen reiterated that the United States' position on Assad has not changed," the U.S. embassy said in a statement, after the special envoy held talks in Ankara.
Posted: March 16, 2015
SYRIA. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion that Washington must negotiate with the Damascus regime was recognition of President Bashar Assad's "legitimacy," Syrian media said.
Posted: March 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. 21 humanitarian and human rights organizations say warring parties and powerful states have failed to implement UNSC resolutions leading to 'worst year' of crisis for civilians in Syria.
Posted: March 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. More than 60% originate from Europe; Substantial numbers also coming from China, Russia, India, the Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Turkey) and Africa.