Critics condemn AKP's tough police overhaul proposals

For some, the AKP-drafted internal security legislation is needed to preserve Turkey's public order; for others it is a chaos package that will allow arbitrary action by the state.
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Metin Turcan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on December 19

Can Israel, Palestine exist in one space?

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Dan Goldenblatt, co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, presents his vision of two states in one space, arguing that this proposed solution could be accepted by both the Israeli right and the Palestinians.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on December 19

Jabhat al-Nusra deals Syrian regime major blow in Idlib

Jabhat al-Nusra’s seizure of the two camps of al-Hamidiyya and Wadi al-Daif in Idlib province from the Syrian army’s control is an important victory for the al-Qaeda branch, as it continues to consolidate its control over Idlib.
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Mustafa al-Haj for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on December 19

Hamas scores diplomatic victory in Europe

Senior Hamas officials run a department in Gaza whose sole mission is to have the movement removed from terror lists.
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 Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor on December 19

Syrian authorities halt ferries to Turkey

It’s become even harder for Syrians to flee the war-ravaged country after Syrian authorities stopped the ferry service between Tartus and the Turkish port city of Mersin.
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 An Al-Monitor Correspondent in Syria for Al-Monitor Syria Pulse on December 19

Why won't Hamas label Islamic State as terrorists?

Hamas officials say the word “terrorism” is a politicized Western term and there is no international consensus, which is why it won’t label the Islamic State a terrorist group.
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 Asmaa al-Ghoul for Al-Monitor on December 19

Sisi amends traffic laws to curb fatal road accidents

Dangerous drivers face harsher sanctions with amendments to Egypt's traffic law in light of increasing road accidents.
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 Muhammad Ghamrawy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on December 21

Why should Iran accept US presence in Afghanistan?

Iran has an interest in keeping a military presence in Afghanistan to keep its enemy the Taliban in check, and should drop its rhetoric against US troops being stationed there for much of the same objectives.
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 Alex Vatanka for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on December 19

Is an Algerian uprising near?

Some believe that recent Algerian protests of unfair wealth distribution could spawn a violent uprising.
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Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab) on December 18

Iraqis wage new battle for freedoms

A controversial draft law that curbs freedoms of expression and assembly has been resubmitted to the Iraqi parliament, sparking a wave of criticism from activists and civil society organizations.
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 Shukur Khilkhal for Al-Monitor Iraq Pulse on December 18

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