Osama Al Sharif

  • Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is no stranger to difficult missions. During his long and colourful career the 74-year-old has served as a special UN envoy to conflict-ridden countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. But now he has accepted the incredible challenge of seeking a ...

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  • Arab Islamist movements have never been so close to grabbing power through open and democratic elections as they are today.They have already succeeded in Tunisia and Egypt. They are expected to do well in Algeria’s upcoming polls. And if elections are held in Jordan this year, under a ...

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  • Good news associated with the Palestinians is very hard to come by these days, but February 6 was an exception. A Qatari initiative succeeded in bringing together two bitter rivals in Doha; Palestinian President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and head of Hamas’ political bureau Khalid ...

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  • Its the day after 11 February, when millions of Egyptians forced beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak to quit after a 30-year rule. This could be the sequel to the revolution; its long-awaited day after. But this time the stakes may prove to be higher for everybody. It was perhaps inevitable that ...

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  • Can the regime of President Bashar Assad salvage itself before it is too late? This is perhaps the number one question today following the surprise suspension by the Arab League of Syrias membership and the promise by its Secretary-General, Nabil Al-Arabi, to ask for UN help to provide mechanisms ...

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  • These are not Israels best times. A tussle with Turkey over a commando raid on a flotilla of aid-carrying ships heading to Gaza Strip last year in which nine Turkish citizens were killed, has just turned into a full-fledged diplomatic war. Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador this week and vowed ...

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