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Jun 29, 2014

Insight: Sectarian genie is out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq

BEIRUT (Reuters) – As jihadists storm through the Sunni heartlands of Iraq towards Baghdad, where a Shi’ite government they regard as heretic clings on, they have lifted the veil on deep sectarianism which has also stoked the fires of Syria’s civil war and is spilling over into vulnerable mosaic societies such as Lebanon.

The sectarian genie is now well out of the bottle, eclipsing traditional inter-state rivalries that plague the Middle East – even if these still play a part in the drama.

Jun 13, 2014

Iraq’s implosion could redraw Middle East boundaries

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The capture of Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit by al Qaeda-influenced jihadis has not only redrawn the map of a country corroded by sectarian hatred.

It could also redesign Middle Eastern national boundaries set nearly a century ago after the fall of the Ottoman empire, and lead to a forging of new regional alliances.

Jun 1, 2014

Insight – Once on the edge of defeat, Syria’s Assad runs again for president

BEIRUT (Reuters) – It was not so long ago that Bashar al-Assad’s enemies thought he was finished.

In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried forces.

Jun 1, 2014

Once on the edge of defeat, Syria’s Assad runs again for president

BEIRUT, June 1 (Reuters) – It was not so long ago that
Bashar al-Assad’s enemies thought he was finished.

In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates
of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried
forces.

May 27, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi closes in on presidency as government seeks bigger turnout

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to emerge from a second and final day of voting on Tuesday as Egypt’s next head of state, returning the presidency to a military man as hopes for democracy fade three years after Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.

Seeking to boost turnout that appeared low on the first day of voting, the government declared Tuesday a holiday and extended voting by an hour so that polls would close at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT). The central bank also declared a bank holiday.

May 27, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi closes in on presidency as govt seeks bigger turnout

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to emerge from a second and final day of voting on Tuesday as Egypt’s next head of state, returning the presidency to a military man as hopes for democracy fade three years after Hosni Mubarak’s downfall.

Seeking to boost turnout that appeared low on the first day of voting, the government declared Tuesday a holiday and extended voting by an hour so that polls would close at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT). The central bank also declared a bank holiday.

Apr 11, 2014

Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

CAIRO (Reuters) – In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt’s briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood.

“In the name of God the Merciful”, it reads, “Allah commands you to render trust to whom it is due, and when you judge between people to judge with justice”.

Apr 11, 2014

Insight – Egypt’s Tahrir Square dream fades as Sisi builds power

CAIRO (Reuters) – In a courthouse near Cairo, a peremptory message hangs above the judge presiding over one of a series of trials involving Egypt’s briefly powerful and now almost impotent Muslim Brotherhood.

“In the name of God the Merciful”, it reads, “Allah commands you to render trust to whom it is due, and when you judge between people to judge with justice”.

Apr 9, 2014

Hezbollah confident in Assad, West resigned to Syria stalemate

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah said his Western foes must now accept he will go on ruling Syria after fighting rebels to a standstill – a “reality” to which his foreign enemies seem increasingly resigned.

Echoing recent bullish talk coming out of Damascus, Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia which is supporting Assad in combat, told Reuters that the president retained popular support among many of Syria’s diverse religious communities and would shortly be re-elected.

Apr 9, 2014

Hezbollah confident in Assad, West resigned to stalemate

BEIRUT, April 9 (Reuters) – Bashar al-Assad’s Lebanese ally
Hezbollah said his Western foes must now accept he will go on
ruling Syria after fighting rebels to a standstill – a “reality”
to which his foreign enemies seem increasingly resigned.

Echoing recent bullish talk coming out of Damascus, Sheikh
Naim Qassem, deputy leader of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia
which is supporting Assad in combat, told Reuters that the
president retained popular support among many of Syria’s diverse
religious communities and would shortly be re-elected.