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Sisi’s attempts to rehabilitate Assad... A different tune to the Gulf

Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad. [File photo]

The statement made by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in which he stressed that the security coordination with the Egyptian intelligence did not stop, not even during the term of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi,, coincided with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi’s visit to Russia. During his visit, he met with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed regional issues, mainly the Syrian crisis.


Israel launches a culture war

Yvonne RidleyWhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to scupper the historic nuclear deal with Iran, his Culture and Sports Minister, Miri Regev, has opened up a second front by targeting a state-run European opera company.


Renewing the PLO’s legitimacy

Dr Hani Al-Masri

Has the Palestinian president — and the rest of the PLO executive committee members who announced their resignation — actually resigned or not? Saeb Erekat denied that he has (perhaps to justify his appointment as the new head of the committee) despite the fact that Ghassan Shakaa and a number of other ExCo members who resigned confirmed the news. However, the president resolved the matter by confirming his resignation, along with the resignation of his executive committee colleagues.


The priorities of the post-Abbas era

Dr Saleh Al-NaamiIt is foolish to address with any seriousness the systematic leaks that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his supporters are spreading regarding his intention to resign. They are only attempts to convince Israel to reduce the level of embarrassment it will cause him and to justify its continued attachment to his positions. He continues in this vein even after it has been proven unequivocally that his political programme is a failure, as reflected by the success of Israel in deciding the fate of the Palestinian territories by means of Judaisation and settlement expansion. Both are taking place with minimal objections from the Palestinians, as Abbas has thwarted any such opposition through his security cooperation with the Israeli authorities. The PA chief is very disappointed with the extremist right-wing government in Tel Aviv, as it pays no attention to the appreciation of the Israeli army and intelligence officials for Abbas’s role in preventing a third intifada and his lack of hesitance in waging a relentless war against anyone suspected of being associated with the resistance against the occupation.


Palestinian chemist develops gluten-free flour under Israeli fire

Mohamed Al-AsqalaniEXCLUSIVE IMAGES 

 During the 2008/9 Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, when Israel and Egypt completely restricted the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave, Mohamed Al-Asqalani developed a gluten-free flour which is a godsend for patients in the territory suffering from celiac disease, as well as those who have autism and phenylketonuria (PKU). The Palestinian chemist worked on the process after hearing from a colleague whose wife suffered from celiac disease and had run out of the special flour that she depended on.


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