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Aug31

Idlib’s fate seems to depend more on Moscow than Ankara

By: Christopher Phillips Source: Middle East Eye Last year, four de-escalation zones in western Syria were agreed under Russian orchestration, with international guarantors to effectively freeze the conflict between the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels. Since then, helped by Russian assistance and Western indifference, Assad has discarded the agreements, using violence and reconciliation to force three zones back under his control. Now, government troops, alongside Iranian-backed Shia militias, have gathered on the borders of the last remaining rebel-held province, Idlib, in the northwest. Leaflet drops urging fighters and civilians to reconcile with the government...

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Aug30

China is treating Islam like a mental illness

By: Sigal Samuel Source: The Atlantic One million Muslims are being held right now in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and U.S. officials. Former inmates—most of whom are Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority—have told reporters that over the course of an indoctrination process lasting several months, they were forced to renounce Islam, criticize their own Islamic beliefs and those of fellow inmates, and recite Communist Party propaganda songs for hours each day. There are media reports of inmates being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, which are forbidden to Muslims, as well as reports of torture and death. The sheer scale of the internment camp...

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Jun27

The rise of Mohammad bin Salman

By: Sputnik News Source: Sputnik News Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the 32-year old politician, defense minister and reformer, is seemingly determined to usher in a new era in the history of the Saudi kingdom, kicking off ambitious social and economic reforms and making efforts to solidify the monarchy’s positions on the global stage. A year has passed since Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud became a crown prince and the heir to the Saudi throne. Mohammed bin Salman hit the headlines as a bold reformer after he announced Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 envisaging the diversification of the country’s economy in April 2016. According to the crown prince’s vision Saudi Arabia...

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