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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s recent controversial comments about the “occupation” of the Western Sahara generated a great deal of pushback from a broad spectrum of Moroccan circles – from the government’s decision to cut down the number of staffers and funding at the UN mission in the Sahara to global protests from France to New York.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on March 14 that “the main part” of the Russian military presence in Syria would be pulled out may have taken many by surprise.

 

The 'refugee crisis' in Europe appears to have acquired a new sense of urgency in the last few weeks, as thousands of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans,continue to land on Greek islands from various points on the Turkish coastline.

 

Iran reportedly test-fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written on them, a show of force by the Islamic Republic as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel.

 

Iran has just completed the tenth parliamentary elections of its revolutionary era, once again with a large turnout and some unexpected results.

 

The message must be resonating across the international community. The reformists have swept the elections in Iran - a profound moral victory for President Hasan Rouhani.

 

Iran’s moderates have dealt another blow to the country’s hard-liners, winning the majority of seats in last week’s vote for the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body empowered with choosing the nation’s supreme leader.

 

Western officials said Bashar al-Assad’s days were numbered and predicted he would soon be forced to the negotiating table. It did not turn out that way.

 

Israel's defense minister on Wednesday accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes "sleeper cells" that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the US.

 

Although an agreement among Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela is the first of its kind in 15 years, it will not, in itself, be the “magic cure” to low oil prices. It is really the opening move of an energy politics chess game in which the rules for Saudi Arabia have changed.

 


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