Why Syria's Kurds can’t count on long-term commitment from Russia

Russia appears to be looking ahead to strengthen its post-conflict political position in Syria by exploiting Kurds’ anxiety over America’s role there.
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 Paul J. Saunders for Al-Monitor on May 5

Khamenei claims US is anti-Iran and anti-Shiite

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has delivered one of his most anti-American speeches in years.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 5

The Davutoglu era is over

As Davutoglu has no grassroots support, the prime minister's departure will be smooth.
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 Cengiz Çandar for Al-Monitor on May 5

How the US caused the Erdogan-Davutoglu divorce

With Davutoglu's departure from the AKP, expect to see crucial changes in Turkey's domestic and regional policies, including Syria.
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 Pinar Tremblay for Al-Monitor on May 5

Red Sea island transfer revives Egypt-Sudan border dispute

Hot on the heels of Egypt's recent ceding of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the country's row with Sudan over the Halayeb and Shalateen triangle has resurfaced.
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 Ayah Aman for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 5

45,000 Holocaust survivors live below poverty line in Israel

Despite countless promises by politicians, thousands of Holocaust survivors are not being taken care of.
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 Akiva Eldar for Al-Monitor on May 5

Will Herzog join Netanyahu's coalition?

With a narrow coalition of only 61 members, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to expand it — either with Yisrael Beitenu head Avigdor Liberman or with Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on May 5

Rouhani moves to slash IRGC budget, empower army

The Rouhani administration has moved to cut spending for the IRGC while increasing funding for the army, but not without a backlash.
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 Abbas Qaidaari for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 5

How Hamas scored a win in West Bank student elections

The victory of Hamas' student branch in the elections at Birzeit University in the West Bank reflects the Palestinian public support for Hamas, following the arrests and restrictions it has been subjected to by both the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
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 Adnan Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 5

Muqtada al-Sadr, chameleon of Iraq's politics

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr is taking advantage of the current popular protests in Iraq to expand his influence and thus become an undisputable leader on the Iraqi political scene.
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 Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor on May 4

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