Jonathan Steele

  • TBy coincidence, two clashes over nuclear issues are hitting the headlines together. North Korea and Iran have both had sanctions imposed by foreign governments and when they refuse to “behave properly”, they are subjected to “isolation” and put in the corner until they are ...

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  • T Almost hidden from outsiders, the US is engaged in a new war in the Middle East which is growing in intensity and running out of American control. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has hugely extended its reach across southern Yemen in recent months after driving government forces out ...

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  • T In the smoke-filled cafes of central Damascus, where young unarmed activists discuss the next protest against the Assad regime, the mood is one of determination and excitement. It takes huge courage to risk arrest, torture and the chance of a bullet for something as basic as attending a ...

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  • T Suppose a respectable opinion poll found that most Syrians are in favour of Bashar al-Assad remaining as president, would that not be major news? Especially as the finding would go against the dominant narrative about the Syrian crisis and the media considers the unexpected more newsworthy than ...

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  • TRussia and its power-hungry leader Vladimir Putin are still reeling. The results of last weeks parliamentary elections were a surprise, not just because of his partys low level of popularity but because they were allowed to happen. In a totally controlled system his United Russia party would have ...

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  • TSyria is on the verge of civil war and the Arab League foolishly appears to have decided to egg it on. The spectre is ugly joined by the normally restrained King Abdullah of Jordan in taking sides with opponents of Syrias Assad regime. Where common sense dictates that Arab governments should seek ...

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  • THaving launched what became known as the Arab spring, Tunisia has now led the region by holding a clean election with an enthusiastic turnout and highly encouraging results. The three parties that have come out on top in the most democratic of north African states have no links with the capital ...

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  • TThe Cameron-Sarkozy duet in Tripoli on Thursday was suitably short on triumphalism. Not one Nato serviceperson died and the regime that the mission aimed to change fell within six months. So the temptation to crow was high. But the two European leaders no doubt remember the Bush administrations ...

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  • TTunisias Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi gestures during a news conference in Tunis Tunisias prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi at a press conference on February 27, when he announced his resignation over state television. Photograph: Ho/REUTERS As the worlds spotlight remains trained on the ...

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