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Sharif Nashashibi
Sharif Nashashibi

Syria’s opposition: a crisis within a crisis

As the conflict in Syria grinds on with no hope of resolution anytime soon, the opposition needs to face a hard truth: that it is not enough to rely on the regime’s brutality to garner support...

Assad and Griffin: with friends like these...

The Syrian people have suffered enough without having to endure a visit last week by Nick Griffin, leader of the far-right British National Party. When I first heard the news, I thought it was a joke,...

Syrian dialogue: appearance over substance?

Syrian National Coalition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib has been heavily criticized from within his own opposition ranks for his surprise offer of dialogue with the regime of Bashar Assad. Among them is...

The Mali conflict has fast become transnational

Despite French and Malian government forces making steady gains against Islamist rebels, the conflict has rapidly caused ripple effects in Africa, Europe and beyond. Scores of foreign fighters have...

Mali: A French quagmire in the making?

Just 10 days into its military intervention in Mali, there are already signs that France may have taken on more than it bargained for. The West African country may become to French President Francois...

Iraqs protests and the medias sectarian narrative

Sadly, sectarianism has been a prominent feature of the Middle East, and the media’s coverage of the region, for the last decade. The invasion of Iraq is arguably where the trend began, and recent...

Egypts media is freeto praise Mursi

“No one will touch media freedoms,” said Mohamed Mursi soon after his election. “There will be no pens broken, no opinions prevented, no channels or newspapers shut down in my era.” In just over six...

Palestine The time for the ICC is now

The biggest threat Israel faces from Palestine’s upgraded U.N. status - and the primary reason for its furious lobbying against it - is the prospect of the Palestinians applying to join the...