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This is how we failed Syria (Al Jazeera)

Four years into the largest humanitarian crisis on our watch, the conflict in Syria is worsening. Last year three UN Security Council resolutions were passed aiming to protect and assist civilians in Syria. But, a year after the first resolution was passed, the words ring hollow. In a report being released today, my organisation, Norwegian Refugee […]

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Caught up in Iraq (Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt))

Shia fighters launch a rocket during clashes with IS militants (photo: Reuters) “Iran is taking over Iraq,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal decried last week while slamming Iran’s “hegemonistic tendencies in the region.” “We see Iran involved in Syria and Lebanon and Yemen and Iraq and God knows where. This must stop if Iran […]

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Five Months After, DSS Returns Tambuwal's Security (allAfrica.com)

The Department of State Services (DSS) has returned its officers and men hitherto attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal. Sources close to the Speaker told Daily Trust that the security personnel who were withdrawn on October 30 last year, have been redeployed back to him. However, the Nigeria Police is […]

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Analysis: Can Aden replace Sanaa in Yemen? (Al Jazeera)

The defence minister is joining ‘Hadi’s camp’ in Aden, currently considered the country’s de facto capital. Nearly two weeks after the surprising escape of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from Sanaa to Aden, the Houthis have been politically embarrassed once again by the astonishing escape of the defence minister, Major General Mahmoud al-Subaihi. Although Subaihi was appointed […]

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Adam Waterous: North America will continue to build market share in global oil market (Financial Post)

“Today’s low prices will encourage consumption” Today’s global oil market collapse is eerily reminiscent of the dot com crash of 2000. Like the 1995-99 hype accompanying the rise in internet stocks, over the last several years there has been enormous promotion of the “game changing” unconventional technologies used to develop North American shale and oil […]

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Yemen's defence minister escapes to Aden (Al Jazeera)

Major-General Mahmoud al-Subaihi arrived in southern port city on Sunday as deadly fighting rages across the country. Yemen’s defence minister has arrived at his house outside the southern port city of Aden after fleeing the Houthi-held capital Sanaa, security officials say. Major-General Mahmoud al-Subaihi was the chief guest at a meeting hosted by Ahmed Abdullah al-Majeedi, the […]

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Iran is wielding the Al Houthi stick (The Frontier Post (Pakistan))

There can be no doubt that Iran’s current relationship with the Al Houthis who have placed themselves for the time being as rulers of Sana’a, is viewed with fear and mistrust. It would be an understatement to say Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and the rest of the Middle East are worried that the relations […]

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Yemen dialogue “likely” to take place abroad: JMP spokesman (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Yemen’s rival political parties are moving closer to reaching an agreement regarding the location of UN-brokered dialogue to end the political crisis that has gripped the country since the Houthi takeover of Sana’a last year, a Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) official said. In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, JMP spokesman Mohamed Nagi Allou said: […]