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

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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

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    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

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Kuwaiti Parliament in trouble again Continue reading

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What Hariri did next

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation. Continue reading

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Israel under fire from E.U. states

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In an unprecedented move, which indicates just how much the international community is losing patience with Israel, eight European Union countries have written  an official protest letter to Tel Aviv, demanding over €30,000 ($35,400) in compensation for confiscating and demolishing … Continue reading

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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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