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Why the Russian-Iranian front is winning and everyone else is losing

Dr Abdul Wahab Al-EffendiWe can no longer ignore the fact that we are witnessing a new cold war at an international level and that it is being led by the United States on one side and Russia and Putin on the other. The Middle East has become the new regional hot zone in the context of this cold war, one that is affected by Iranian decisions on one hand and Saudi Arabia and its alliances on the other.

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Ghadames: Libya's Saharan Secret

Adela SulimanGhadames, an oasis town in the heart of the Sahara desert is on the edge of Libya, close to both the Algerian and Tunisian borders. It is an extremely special place and a source of pride for many Libyans, having been dedicated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.

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Palestinian Prisoners' Day remains central

Asa WinstanleyThursday here in Palestine was Prisoners' Day, and demonstrations of solidarity were held across the West Bank and Gaza. The annual event calls for the release of Palestinian political prisoners from Israel's jails, and freedom from its kangaroo court system of military injustice.

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From ethnic cleansing to return: a peace process worthy of the name

Miska displacement mapThis week marks the 66th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Miska, a Palestinian village whose roughly 1,000-strong population was expelled in April 1948 by Haganah forces. Located around 10 miles from Qalqilya, Miska boasted 100-200 houses, an elementary school for boys, and a mosque.

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$83 million diamond default: Sotheby's and Israeli war crimes

Campaigners outside Sotheby'sLast November, amid a fanfare of international publicity, Sotheby's achieved a world record $83 million for a pink diamond auctioned in Geneva. Four months later, on February 27, Sotheby's disclosed that they were forced to take the diamond, they then valued at $73 million, into their inventory when the consortium of investors led by Isaac Wolf, a New York diamond cutter, defaulted.

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