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LEBANON: An unlikely alliance that could avert conflict


The election of Michel Aoun (below right), as president of Lebanon and his ap­pointment of long-time rival Saad Hariri (below left), as prime minister after two-and-a-half years of crippling political gridlock have drawn a regional sigh of relief. It has probably … Continue reading

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Jordan stretched to breaking point

The continuing influx of Syrian refugees has stretched the infrastructure of Amman to breaking point

A group of international donors have agreed to participate in a financial package to help support Jordan as the continuing influx of refugees from Syria puts an increasingly massive strain on the country’s resources. A €102 million loan from the … Continue reading

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QATAR will restrict alcohol during WORLD CUP 2020

A replica of the FIFA Soccer World Cup Trophy is pictured at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Hodel (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP) - RTX17RNS

The official in charge of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup plans has said football fans will not be able to buy or consume alcohol on the streets or public places, according to reports. Secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery … Continue reading

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Britain’s Arab Spring – how will it impact on the ME region?


Described in some quarters as the British Arab Spring, the vote for for the UK to leave the European Union, Brexit as it is commonly known, has been celebrated by its supporters as the anti-establishment, anti-status quo act that will … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Economic crisis deepens


The Egyptian Central Bank’s failure to manage foreign currency reserves and the government’s in­ability to control inflation or offer innovative solutions are deepening Cairo’s economic crisis. “The Central Bank has been pursuing policies that are making things worse,” economist Rashad Abdo … Continue reading

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JORDAN: Standing Strong


  Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might … Continue reading

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IRAN: Can Rouhani survive for a second term?

President Hassan Rouhani

Can Rouhani survive? Continue reading

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LIBYA: Leaked tapes suggest Western support for Haftar


A multinational military operation involving forces from the United States, France and Britain is coordinating air support for a Libyan general battling rebel groups in the country’s east, according to air traffic recordings obtained by Middle East Eye (MEE). The … Continue reading

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Dying of thirst: Israelis launch their water weapon on Palestinians

While Palestinians live without water

 The Palestinian city of Salfit sits atop an underground wealth of water, but the city’s residents are forbidden from accessing it – and they are now in crisis, as Israel’s national water company, Mekorot, has reduced water supply to the … Continue reading

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Is Qatar getting fat on the backs of slaves?


  Qatar has ranked in the top five countries in the world for prevalence of modern day slavery, according to a new report. The Gulf country, with a slavery prevalence rate of 1.36 per cent, stood only behind North Korea … Continue reading

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