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Woodrow Wilson and the United States of Arabia

David Gardner, Woodrow Wilson commissioned a group to see what the Arabs wanted post WW1. The outcome of this King-Crane report: the Arabs wanted a United States of Arabia. Instead they got the European Nation-State, a distinctly different creature, imposed upon it by the victorious French & British. The nation state is a European invention, …

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The unforced errors of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It’s only weeks ago that we all celebrated Recep’s genius; presiding over a decade of stellar growth and development he was convincingly reelected, had made peace with the Kurds, was establishing energy deals with Iraqi Kurdistan, championed the cause of relatively moderate Sunnis versus the Wahhabi’s, Shia, Israel and Assad’s coalition. Was welcomed again in …

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Egypt faces an immense challenge

Egypt faces an immense challenge. We may now see a proper liberal constitution being written enshrining equality, freedom of assembly, expression and religion: principles severely trampled upon under Morsi. But the return of Islamists and their doctrines to a democratic government of Egypt seems inevitable. With it the desire to turn Egypt into an Islamic …

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Without intervention in Syria, Assad will win.

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2013/05/gains-and-countergains-where-things-stand-after-the-latest-advance-of-the-assad-regime/ “Britain, France and the US now have to do a lot of thinking about what will happen if the Geneva process collapses. ” Without intervention, the Assad regime will win, its allies have shown their willingness to see to that. Iran extended a line of credit worth over $4b to Syria, assets that it …

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Assad is winning.

It appears Bashar’s forces are engaging in a relatively successful campaign in the south. The chemical weapons red line is more yellow than red. And the program of ethnic cleansing in the coastal areas isn’t meeting the sort of opposition the regime would be daunted by either. Meanwhile Hezbollah, Iraq and Iran are increasingly taking …

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