Middle East

What is Trump actually proposing and why?

Dec 09, 2015
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Donald Trump’s proposal on Muslim immigration has been denounced just about everywhere, its author the object of some of the most scurrilous ad homimen attacks directed at any public person in recent memory. As usual, the mainstream media has led the pack — while carefully avoiding repeating what Trump has actually proposed or providing any explanation of why he might

Putin unloads his wrath on Turkey, promises retribution

Dec 09, 2015
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On December 3, Vladimir Putin delivered his annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly in St. George’s Hall in the Kremlin, before an audience of more than a thousand invited guests. Putin began by expressing his gratitude to the Russian servicemen “fighting international terrorism” and honouring the memory of the soldiers who had given their lives fighting and the citizens

Britain is also at war

Dec 06, 2015
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A week after the ISIL attacks in Paris on November 13 , British Prime Minister David Cameron met with French President François Hollande for what was described as a “war summit”. The following week, the British government tabled in Parliament its comprehensive strategy for dealing with ISIL, including the extension of British military operations to Syria. The Vimy Report provides

ISIL — Good thing the UN Security Council is there to condemn it

Nov 23, 2015
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On November 20, the UN Security Council “determined” that the Islamic State (ISIL) constitutes an “unprecedented” threat to international peace and security; and it called on Member States to take “all necessary measures … to prevent and suppress ISIL’s terrorist acts”.  Resolution 2249 (2015), which “reaffirmed” 14 other previous resolutions on the same or related subjects, was originally sponsored by

US special operations forces in Syria still not operating in Syria

Nov 23, 2015
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On October 30, the Obama administration announced that the President had authorized “no more” than 50 special operations forces to be deployed to northern Syria in a “non-combat” role. The troops would help to coordinate the efforts of local forces fighting the Islamic State in Syria, such as the main Syrian Kurdish militia group, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), and

Antalya, Turkey: Why on earth are world leaders meeting there?

Nov 11, 2015
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The G-20 summit meeting of world leaders is being held this weekend in Turkey, whose turn it is to host. Turkey’s capital is Ankara and its greatest city is Istanbul, but the host country has decided (as others have in the past) that leaders should meet in a congenial and relaxed location. So they picked a place that’s only about

Leadership profile: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Aug 28, 2015
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Sometimes it seems the only changes in the world are for the worse. The following is the first in a series of biographical profiles of international leaders whose actions seem destined to leave conditions better than they found them. THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT, ABDEL FATTAH EL-SISI Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the army general who rose from relative obscurity to being

Afghanistan diary: Still a very difficult time ahead

Jun 16, 2015
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Omar Samad

Afghanistan’s national unity government (NUG) is struggling to avoid deadlock while facing serious challenges on several fronts. Afghans are looking for reassurance that the gains of the past 14 years won’t be negotiated away as a result of political expediency and regional deal-making. Nine months ago, there was a sense of hope and relief after a unique form of government

Canada’s unknown peacekeeping mission

Jun 02, 2015
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It is the most important international peacekeeping mission anywhere in the world today. It may also be the most successful in history. After four wars in the Middle East and all the turmoil which followed, it has helped to keep the peace between Israel and Egypt for 35 years. It’s called the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) mission — and

Foreign Fighters Becoming Disillusioned with ISIS

Apr 09, 2015
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Over the last couple of months, there have been reports of foreign fighters defecting from ISIS and trying to return home. A principal reason for their disillusionment appears to be the realization that ISIS is not the noble cause they signed up for. British, French and Dutch news outlets have all carried stories of their nationals becoming disenchanted with the