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Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | MIDDLE EAST |

Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Writer, academic and ex-Istanbullu Claire Berlinski watches events in Turkey with a heavy heart but little surprise. To those interested in the region, she’s a leading voice on Twitter.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MIDDLE EAST |

Egypt’s jailed journalists: Aussie behind bars paves the way for Sisi

Peter Greste’s case is far from isolated — Egypt’s regime has jailed dozens of journalists and activists. Egyptian-Australian journalist Myriam Robin says Sisi is sending a message.

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Syria’s peace deals, made under threat of starvation, coming undone

Syria’s government has negotiated numerous ceasefires with rebel groups, but they seem to be short-lived. Freelance journalist Lauren Williams reports from Beirut.

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Egypt’s filmmakers throw off the chains to blaze an Oscar path

Egypt has not always been a place of artistic freedom, but Rachel Williamson, a freelance journalist in Cairo, meets some independent filmmakers who are changing all that.

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Syria’s rich history and antiquities the latest casualty of war

Many of Syria’s important archaeological sites have fallen into the hands of rebel fighters, says freelance correspondent Chris Ray. Is there any hope to save a millennia-old culture?

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MYRIAM ROBIN | MIDDLE EAST |

Crikey Clarifier: how raw is Qantas’ deal compared with rivals?

Qantas execs say they’re not operating on a level playing field. With their competitors getting plenty of goodies and subsidies from their governments they want some too. Do they have a point?

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In Egypt, a vote unlikely to end the political turmoil

Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer in power in Egypt. But are things really any better and the military-backed interim government? Vickie Smiles reports from the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | MIDDLE EAST |

Three years on, has the Arab revolution really sprung?

Three years ago, Tunisia sparked a challenge to authoritarian government that reverberates still. But has the revolution it sparked across the Middle East delivered the democracy so many wanted?

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GUY RUNDLE | MIDDLE EAST |

Ariel Sharon is still dead, like the Israel he controlled

Lionised by Israelis, loathed by Palestinians, Ariel Sharon’s archaic political vision was a disaster for both. From London, Crikey’s writer at large looks at the legacy.

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Blood brothers: the Sydney jihadists who took on Assad

A number of Australian Muslims have gone to Syria to fight against the Assad regime. Freelance Chris Ray, who recently returned from Syria, looks at the tale of two Sydney brothers.

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Inside the WikiLeaks meeting with Assad: Syrian morale rising, he insists

A delegation including Australians from the WikiLeaks Party met with the Syrian President last week. Journalist Chris Ray was in the room and reports what Bashar al-Assad thinks about his country’s future.

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Coalition takes a pro-Israel turn, no one notices for weeks

The Abbott government has changed tack on the Middle East, taking a more strident pro-Israel approach at the UN in the past fortnight. So why have they kept so quiet about it, and why aren’t questions being asked?

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Crikey Blogs | MIDDLE EAST |

Good news from the Middle East: an Iranian nuclear deal, at last

Iran and the international community have reached an agreement that will limit Iran’s nuclear program. Charles Richardson examines what it means and how the deal came about.

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CRIKEY INTERN | MIDDLE EAST |

Crikey clarifier: are there ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka?

Some say there are ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, but the government denies it. With the recent CHOGM meeting shining a light on the issue, Crikey intern Virginia Millen explains the situation and looks at both sides.

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PROFESSOR DAMIEN KINGSBURY | MIDDLE EAST |

Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

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Egypt, still torn by political division, watches Morsi on trial

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was defiant as his trial began, claiming to be the country’s legitimate ruler. Egypt-based freelance writer Vickie Smiles reports on the chaotic proceedings.

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The besieged leader a long way from falling: Assad’s Syrian stand

Syria’s use of sarin gas last month was not a diplomatic mistake — it the culmination of six months of very clever strategising, writes Dara Conduit, a PhD student on Syria.

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The ‘free women of Syria’ camp in Jordan with stories of horror

Just across the Syrian border in Jordan, the world’s second-largest refugee camp houses the displaced, scarred by the memories of a bloody civil war. Kim Wilkinson talks to families who fled for Crikey.

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Crikey Blogs | MIDDLE EAST |

Deal or no deal — on Iran’s nuclear program

Israel’s not happy about a proposed deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program — but not for the reasons you’d think, writes Charles Richardson.

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PROFESSOR DAMIEN KINGSBURY | MIDDLE EAST |

Russia may yet offer US a Syrian lifeline

The United States may have been given an opportunity to avoid military intervention in Syria while saving face. But will Bashar Al-Assad really play ball?

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How Australia should use the UN to lead on Syria

With the US poised to launch military action against Syria, can Australia’s UN Security Council presidency make a difference? Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh assesses the options.

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Crikey Blogs | MIDDLE EAST |

Compare and contrast — Syria vs Iraq

It’s over-simplistic to compare the situation in Syria with early 2000s Iraq — for starters, there is already conflict in Syria, writes Charles Richardson.

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PROFESSOR DAMIEN KINGSBURY | MIDDLE EAST |

Pause for thought on Syrian chemical attacks — and reprisals

There’s still no clear evidence on which group was responsible for a chemical attack in Syria. This lack of information makes Western intervention risky, argues Crikey’s foreign affairs writer.

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PROFESSOR DAMIEN KINGSBURY | MIDDLE EAST |

US intervention in Syria could escalate a bloody war

If it is proved the Syrian government used chemical weapons, the United States will likely intervene in the civil war. But would that help save lives or just make things worse?

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