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GCC Railway: UAE holds out new hope


After years of procrastinating, the UAE’s  infrastructure minister has announced he expects the delayed rail project connecting nations across the Gulf to be operational by 2021, despite a regional political crisis that has divided the region. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading

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Kurdish airport debacle close to resolution

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Baghdad and Erbil will soon announce final agreement over control of airports and borders, which, as expected, will revert to the central government. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi  said, “Inshallah, we will pay the region’s salaries and reopen the airports … Continue reading

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BBC approaches UN to stop the bullying of its’ Iranian staff

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The BBC is making an unprecedented appeal to the UN to stop Iran from harassing its Persian service staff in London and their families in Iran. The government-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)  says Iran has stepped up a campaign of intimidation, … Continue reading

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Can Oman help pour oil on the troubled waters of the Gulf?

Oman's Sultan Qaboos is the longest ruling monarch in the Gulf region. His wisdom and statesmanship could help pour oil on troubled waters

Saudi and Omani officials meet to talk peace Continue reading

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Some Saudi detainees slip back into public life

The Ritz Carlton in Riyadh. However luxurious the hotel may be, it still constitutes a prison to those who do not wish to remain there

  Saudi authorities’ anti-cor­ruption drive appears to be closing as individuals, including a former govern­ment minister and mem­bers of the royal family, detained in the sweep have appeared in public. Former Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, who had been detained … Continue reading

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Will Iran heed the lessons from history?

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The ongoing protests in Iran began in Mashhad not Tehran, which is a highly significant factor when considering the nature of the protests;  their primary causes, and their possible trajectory. Traditionally, protests in Iran begin in the capital, Tehran, led by … Continue reading

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E.U. warns Netanyahu: “You break, you buy”


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay what is being called an “unofficial visit” to the European Parliament next week. The visit to Brussels will include a breakfast, which is also classified as unofficial. On top of this, Netanyahu can also … Continue reading

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Palestinians get the sharp end of the stick . . . again

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The key issue in the cal­culations of Saudi Arabia and Israel to combine their forces to fight an expansionist Iran is the Palestinians and what Israel is pre­pared to give them in exchange for abandoning their quest for an in­dependent … Continue reading

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The Ritz Carlton Rebels: Hostage by Royal Decree


    By Pat Lancaster The latest reports of the high profile prisoners incarcerated by royal decree in Riyadh give real cause for concern. Most worrying are rumours of torture involving some of the captives under “house arrest”. Other reports … Continue reading

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Kuwait’s political blues revisited


Kuwaiti Parliament in trouble again Continue reading

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