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Israel-Jordan water agreement not worth the hype - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Israel-Jordan water agreement not worth the hype - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
An agreement to pump water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea fails to address Israel's unilateral appropriation of Jordan River waters.
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Egypt’s 'Rocca the giraffe syndrome' - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Egypt’s 'Rocca the giraffe syndrome' - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Like the giraffe that died in the Giza Zoo last week, Egyptian political forces seem to be knocking their heads against the wall.
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Failure to accept the legitimacy of rival political parties and alliances precludes any chance of successfully establishing a democratic government in Egypt in the near future.

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PFLP seeks return to prominence in Palestinian affairs - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

PFLP seeks return to prominence in Palestinian affairs - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
In an unprecedented move in Palestinian politics, the PFLP's leadership has resigned to pave the way for younger activists to rejuvenate the party.
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The secular, left-leaning Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is making drastic changes in leadrship in a bid to regain some of the influence it enjoyed during the group's heyday in the 1970s.

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As Qatar Supports Egypt, Many Egyptians Unexcited - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

As Qatar Supports Egypt, Many Egyptians Unexcited - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Many Egyptians are concerned at Qatar's growing influence in their country, but Bassem Sabry asks if Egypt can afford to refuse Qatari aid at such a crucial time.
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Qatar is increasing investment in Egypt in order to gain influence in the country.

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Assassinated Hezbollah leader key to technology, drone operations - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Assassinated Hezbollah leader key to technology, drone operations - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
A source said Hassan al-Laqis was one of Imad Mughniyeh’s “smart students.”
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Laqis' role in Hezbollah

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Syrian opposition searches for regime spies - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

After the assassination of four of its military leaders, the Syrian opposition fears it has been penetrated by the regime.
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Following a string of assassinations of high-ranking rebel commanders, fear is growing among opposition forces that their ranks have been penetrated by government spies.

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Beirut blast a lesson in terrorism - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Beirut blast a lesson in terrorism - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
The perpetrators of the Iranian Embassy bombing in Beirut carefully crafted the attack to cause maximum physical and psychological damage.
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Egypt’s civil parties prepare for upcoming elections - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Egypt’s civil parties prepare for upcoming elections - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Following Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi’s announcement that parliamentary elections will be held early next year, Egypt’s civil parties are holding discussions aimed at forming alliances to guarantee electoral success.
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Egyptian political parties scramble to form alliances as parliamentary elections loom.

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Iran’s diplomatic surge extends to Gulf - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Iran’s diplomatic surge extends to Gulf - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is considering an invitation from Bahrain to attend the IISS Manama Dialogue Regional Security Summit, as UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan visits Tehran.
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There is evidence that some of the Gulf Arab states will not follow Saudi Arabia's lead in allowing the region to be divided along sectarian lines.

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Hamas mixed on Iran nuclear deal - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Hamas mixed on Iran nuclear deal - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk has criticized Iran for signing a nuclear deal with the West, but some of his colleagues believe the deal will have a positive effect on Hamas.
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Nour Party says Morsi's statement 'unrealistic' | Islamopedia Online

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Egypt's most prominent Salafist party remains opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Muhammad Morsi.

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Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Kurdish militia aims to connect Kurdish enclaves in Syria - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Syria's central Kurdish militia attempts to garner enough support in northern Syrian to create a contiguous Kurdish zone.
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Emboldened by victory over jihadis, Syrian Kurds push toward autonomy

Emboldened by victory over jihadis, Syrian Kurds push toward autonomy | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Syrian Kurds have triumphed in battle over powerful rebel Al Qaeda affiliates. This week, they announced an autonomous government in Syria's Kurdish region.
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Local support has been key to Kurdish victories over Islamists in the North of Syria.

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No Israeli-Palestinian peace without Gaza - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

No Israeli-Palestinian peace without Gaza - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
US officials are engaged in wishful thinking if they believe that Israel only needs to reach a peace agreement with Abu Mazen.
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Egypt's legitimacy test - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Egypt's legitimacy test - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Instead of voting on the constitution, Egyptians will most likely vote on the legitimacy and direction of the military-backed interim government and their confidence in the road map presented by Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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In Egypt, a 'yes' vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum signifies a vote for the legitimacy of the military coup, which took place on 3 July 2013.

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Egyptian Islamists will recognize constitution if 35 million participate in referendum | Islamopedia Online

Egyptian Islamists will recognize constitution if 35 million participate in referendum | Islamopedia Online | World at Risk | Scoop.it
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The Muslim Brotherhood plans to undermine the new constitution through an international advertising campaign.

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29 things you need to know about Egypt’s draft constitution - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

29 things you need to know about Egypt’s draft constitution - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
A primer on some of the noteworthy points ahead of the referendum scheduled for January 2014.
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Interim Egyptian President Adli Mansour will submit a draft of the proposed constitution for popular referendum in the near future.

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No Separation in Hezbollah Political and Military Wings - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

No Separation in Hezbollah Political and Military Wings - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah mocks the EU’s misunderstanding of the inseparable nature of the party’s military and political branches.
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Hezbollah's military and political structure are intertwined.

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السفير العربي :: وجيهة مهنا -- أزمة الجفاف في إقليم الجزيرة السوري

السفير العربي :: وجيهة مهنا -- أزمة الجفاف في إقليم الجزيرة السوري | World at Risk | Scoop.it
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This article does a good job outlining how the Asad regime exacerbated the conditions of the ongoing drought in Syria's al-Jazeera region. 

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دمشق: أزمة بنزين خانقة بسبب أعمال عـنـف تـوقـف طـريقـاً دوليـاً عن الخدمة

دمشق: أزمة بنزين خانقة بسبب أعمال عـنـف تـوقـف طـريقـاً دوليـاً عن الخدمة | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Al-Ayyam Daily Newspaper Palestine جريدة الايام .. جريدة فلسطينية يومية سياسية مستقلة
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Closing of the main highway between Damascus and Homs as a result of the Qalamun Offensive has caused a gas crisis in Damascus.  Cars wait in long lines to fill up at gas stations, and the regime has reportedly had to use a portion of its strategic gas reserve in order to supplement the limited supply available in the capital.

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Egypt moves ahead with nuclear plant to address electricity crisis - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Egypt moves ahead with nuclear plant to address electricity crisis - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Egypt's government is seeking to expedite the construction of a nuclear power plant to generate desperately needed electricity.
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Egypt is turning to nuclear power to solve part of its energy crisis.

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Efforts to impose Sharia law in Iraq spark controversy - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Efforts to impose Sharia law in Iraq spark controversy - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
Attempts to establish Sharia law in Iraq have exacerbated political rifts in a country torn by those advocating secularism and those calling for an Islamic state.
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Tamarod founder says Egypt’s new constitution limits military - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Tamarod founder says Egypt’s new constitution limits military - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, founder of the Egyptian Tamarod Movement Mahmoud Badr stresses that despite claims to the contrary, the new constitution further limits the army’s purview.
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The Tamarod Movement appears to be siding more with the Egyptian Armed Forces and Sisi than the nation's democracy movement.

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Palestinian women protest to end political Hamas-Fatah split - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Palestinian women protest to end political Hamas-Fatah split - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
A group of women conduct sit-ins each week in Gaza's Park of the Unknown Soldier, calling for an end to the Palestinian division between Fatah and Hamas.
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Aleppo braces for major regime offensive - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Aleppo braces for major regime offensive - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | World at Risk | Scoop.it
The Syrian regime's successful takeover of the strategic town of Sfireh, south of Aleppo, has rebels worried that their gains in Aleppo will soon be reversed.
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