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Religious tolerance: the UAE’s interfaith success


The religious divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims has rarely been so apparent in contemporary times, as it is right now. Regionally, we have also seen, Copts, Kurds and Yazidis, among others, suffer the tragic consequences of an intolerance, most … Continue reading

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Iran at the crossroads

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There have always been two Irans. A conservative, inward-looking Iran, suspiciously eyeing the world beyond its borders and seeking to export instability to maintain internal stability. And a global-minded Iran, engaged in the world, seeking good relations with neighbours and … Continue reading

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Egypt among world’s worst in gender equality


  Egypt has ranked 136 out of 145 countries in gender equality to achieve the unenviable position of being among the 10 worst countries for gender equality in the world, according to theWorld Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015 … Continue reading

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Obama steps closer to Tehran – with limits


President Obama has signed  directing his administration to begin issuing waivers to Iran nuclear sanctions — but the waivers will only go into effect once Iran meets its obligations under the agreement limiting its nuclear program. The presidential memorandum marks … Continue reading

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There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends.


 Op-ed by Marwan Barghouti, originally published by The Guardian  The current escalation in violence did not start with thekilling of two Israeli settlers, it started a long while ago and has been going on for years. Every day Palestinians are … Continue reading

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Egypt-Tunisia links improve but no imminent agreement on Libya expected

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The Libyan crisis cast its shadows over Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi’s recent visit to Egypt to meet with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The leaders have different approaches to Libya, and Essebsi’s October visit ended without any agreement on how … Continue reading

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Regional nuclear ambitions become reality


  While the world’s attention has focused on Iran’s nuclear ambitions, other players in the Middle East have been laying their own plans to develop nuclear power to meet future energy needs. Saudi Arabia, the most ambitious of the group, … Continue reading

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Is Gaza approaching its sad, sorry end?

The simple fact: Gaza is surrounded on all sides, even the sea is patrolled by those determined no Palestinian will enjoy freedom of movement

This month marks 10 years since Israel withdrew its last troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip. It has spawned a narrative as deceitful and destructive as that of Israel’s “generous” offer at Camp David in 2000. The so-called disengagement … Continue reading

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Qatari troops deployed to Yemen


Around 1,000 soldiers from Qatar’s Armed Forces have been deployed to Yemen, as part of the Arab coalition’s fight against Houthi rebels. An Al Jazeera journalist, reporting from the Saudi-Yemen border, said the troops were backed by more than 200 … Continue reading

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The changing dynamics of Mideast politics


Saudi Arabia and the UAE are no longer dependent on other regional powers or super powers to protect their interests. Iran may have secured the deal of the century in Vienna last month with the P5+1 (United States, Britain, France, Russia, … Continue reading

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