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Kurds go to the polls

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Defying pressure from the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran, millions of Kurds cast their ballots today in a historic referendum on long-fought Kurdish independence. Massoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who is leading the independence drive, exuded confidence after voting … Continue reading

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Bahrain draws closer to Israel

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The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is said to have catagorically denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and opened the way for his subjects to visit the so called Jewish homeland. The king’s pronouncements were revealed  at … Continue reading

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Trump’s intervention fails to mend GCC’s broken fences

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An attempt by President Trump to break the stalemate that has divided the wealthiest countries in the Middle East ended in failure, when leaders from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, after speaking by phone for the first time in months, exchanged … Continue reading

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Relations between Doha and Manama splinter further

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Tensions between Bahrain and Qatar have escalated sharply and the antipathy between the two states shows no sign of abating In August, Bahrain’s Shura Council condemned Doha’s alleged “coordination and cooperation” with its own Shiite opposition and Iran, allegedly with … Continue reading

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Will Rouhani backtrack on the long road to reform?

Will President Rouhani deliver on his election promises?

Now Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president for a second term, following  a landslide election win on May 19, debate on the new Cabinet of Mr Rouhani  has taken a controversial turn, as Reformists … Continue reading

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GCC IMBROGLIO: Time to call for Qaboos?

Sultan Qaboos of Oman is the elder statesman of the GCC region. Perhaps his intervention might halt the damage this imbroglio is causing throughout the GCC region and beyond

In the latest unseemly episode in the GCC squabble, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called what he described as Qatar’s demand for an internationalisation of the Muslim haj pilgrimage, a declaration of war against the kingdom. Speaking on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya … Continue reading

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LIBYA: France’s Macron brokers tentative peace

France's President Macron attempts to pour oil on troubled waters in Libya

Libya’s two main rival leaders have agreed to call a ceasefire and hold elections early next year after a meeting in Paris hosted by the French president, Emmanuel Macron. Macron said Libya’s UN-backed prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Khalifa Haftar … Continue reading

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Finally, demands to end GCC crisis issued to Qatar

Al Jazeera must go, according to the demands issued to Doha

Finally, four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries … Continue reading

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IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia will launch its own military industries company

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The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has  announced the creation of a new, wholly government owned  national military industries company. The new company will help the Kingdom reduce its dependency on foreign entities  for ongoing military expertise and equipment, … Continue reading

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