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JOHN SJOHOLM

Articles from Lima Charlie MENA Bureau Chief John Sjoholm.

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Iran’s election – what does it mean?

Being political is an integral part of being Iranian. Our lives are defined by politics. – Shirin Neshat (Iranian artist) On May 19th the Iranian people go to the polls to decide whether the country… Keep Reading

Turks and Kurds, an endless cycle

Syria’s Civil War has raged for six years, causing a vastly different regional political, ethnic, and security landscape to emerge. In recent years, as a result of the intense war against the Islamic State, the… Keep Reading

Middle East Update

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, April 22 – April 29 [MISC]: ADVISORY: Throughout May 1st there will be travel disruptions, and possible protests, due to the International Workers’ Day celebrations. In the past this day has also marked… Keep Reading

Middle East Update

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, April 15 – April 23 [EGYPT]: An Egyptian Air Force F-16 struck an alleged Islamic State weapons and gathering point in the Sinai Peninsula on April 20th, killing 19 affiliated militants, according to… Keep Reading

Syria offensive against ISIS stumbles

Tabqa, Northern Syria – Tabqa, one of the premier strongholds of the Islamic State outside of its de facto capital in al Raqqa City, has for the past week been the site of horrendous street-to-street… Keep Reading

Middle East Update

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, April 9 – April 15 [SAUDI ARABIA]: Shiite militants opened fire on a vehicle traveling through al Qudaih, part of the al Qatatif area, of the Eastern Province, on April 7th. The driver… Keep Reading

The Shifting Sands of the Dictator

“We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.” ― Colin Powell The new US administration, under the leadership of… Keep Reading

Middle East Update

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, April 3 – April 8 [SYRIA]: Spanish authorities raided Rifaat al-Assad’s assets in a corruption inquiry on April 3rd. Rifaat al-Assad is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle, and former general of the Syrian… Keep Reading

Middle East Update

Middle East – North Africa News Brief

MENA Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, March 26 – April 2 [IRAN]: The American-Iranian, Gholam Reza “Robin” Shahini, 46 years-of-age, was released from Iranian prison on March 31st. He was released on a 200 million Toman bail, equaling… Keep Reading

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