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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 19, 2020



Murat Sofuoglu, TRT World: Why did Russia-Turkey talks over Idlib fail?

Ankara and Damascus appear to be heading towards a military confrontation as Russia, the main backer of the Assad regime, fails to stick to its word on Idlib.

Following intense talks in Moscow on Tuesday, Turkish and Russian delegations failed to reach any consensus over the Assad regime’s ongoing offensive in the Idlib province, the last opposition stronghold.

The regime offensive has already killed hundreds of civilians, forcing more than 900,000 people to flee from their homes to slightly safer areas next to the Turkish border.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 19, 2020

At the Turkey-Syria Border, 'It's Like the End of the World' -- Carlotta Gall, New York Times

Syrian army makes gains in Idlib, opposition blames Turkey -- Khaled al-Khateb, Al-Monitor

Aleppo shows Syria is broken in too many places -- Kareem Shaheen, The National

China is trying to rewrite the definition of human rights, and Australia has a last chance to resist -- Nicholas Bequelin, ABC News Online

Why Iran's reformists are likely to lose parliamentary vote -- Arwa Ibrahim, Al Jazeera

Will China and India Collaborate or Feud Over Afghanistan? -- Zoe Leung and L Michael Depp, National Interest

An Ignoble End in Afghanistan? -- Thomas Joscelyn, The Dispatch

Coronavirus ‘lab leakage’ rumors spreading -- Franck Chen, Asia Times

China economy: Why it matters to you -- BBC

How the coronavirus crisis destroyed the Xi ‘myth’ -- Gordon Watts, Asia Times

Factbox: Global efforts to develop vaccines, drugs to fight the coronavirus -- Reuters

Could Poland catch up with Germany's economy? -- Jo Harper, DW

Munich conference reveals East-West divide -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

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