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Trump pulls the plug on nuclear deal with Iran


US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it “decaying and rotten”, he said the deal was “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”. Going against advice from European allies, he said … Continue reading

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Washington Post reveals new evidence in Qatari hostage affair


A fascinating account by Washington Times reporter Joby Warrick, featured in the paper today (28.04.18), appears to cast new light over ongoing fracas between Qatar and some of its GCC neighbours, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The row between … Continue reading

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Trump demands Gulf reconciliation ASAP


In a recent telephone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, President Donald Trump is believed to have demanded that the kingdom and its Arab partners quickly end an almost year-long dispute with Qatar that has left US allies in the … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Which way will the wind blow in Sisi’s new realm?


The re-election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as Egypt’s president raised fears about the future of partisan politics in the country. Criticisms linger over the way that almost all Egyptian members of parliament endorsed Sisi, which led to a tepid electoral … Continue reading

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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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