Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary election could decide whether that vast country continues along the Ottoman path decreed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The US is clearly disturbed by the rapid pace of reconciliation following the March 10th China-mediated agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to reopen embassies closed since 2016.
Despite war and sanctions Heike Weber, a septuagenarian German woman, carries on with her mission to preserve the embroideries of Syria and Palestine.
Washington is just starting to understand that sanctions do not compel governments to do what the US wants. People who are harmed by sanctions are the poor and the middle class rather than their rulers. Consequently, sanctions amount to collective punishment and violate international law. Those in Washington who are the principal advocates of sanctions could not care less. Slapping sanctions on an individual, institution, business or country creates jobs in sanctioning countries and gives practitioners a feeling of power.
The direct road from Damascus to Aleppo is 300 kilometres long and passes largely through countryside and empty, battle-ravaged villages.
For a change, there is some good news from this region. First, the process of Syria’s return to the Arab fold has reached the highest levels of government
Eleven-year-old Syrian chess prodigy Hussein Besou is on the German team competing in the Mitropa tournament currently taking place at the Aurora Hotel on Losinj Island in Croatia.
Massachusetts Air National guardsman Jack Teixeira who has been accused of revealing US diplomatic and military secrets is no whistleblower. The 21-year-old airman first class is instead a young man trying to impress two dozen members of an online grouping with his ability to collect and share hundreds of current
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been criticised by both Democrats and Republicans for arresting former US President Donald Trump
China stepped onto the world stage as a peacemaker with the March 10th agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to reopen embassies in each others’ capitals. This was followed by last week’s meeting in Beijing of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian.
The author, a well-respected observer of Middle East affairs, has three books on the Arab-Israeli conflict.