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US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?

Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading as well as the...

No spirit of liberty – The Salisbury case, Corbyn and the...

Originally posted at Media Lens. Fifteen years ago this month, the US-led 'Shock and Awe' offensive began against Iraq, supposedly to disarm the country of...

Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent

Israel and Myanmar, two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights, have set a worrisome...

Gulf crisis turns Qatar into the ‘region’s Israel’

Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as "the Israel of the Gulf states." Known for his hard-line pro-Israel...

Russia is in Syria to stay, the West will just have...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:10 P.M.) - The past couple of months have seen sharp increase in the activity of Russian airpower in Syria – particularly...

Syrian Army will create new brigades with captured ISIS weapons

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:15 A.M.) – The rapid defeat of Islamic State forces in eastern Syria over the last several months has seen the Syrian...

Chinese extradition request puts crackdown on Uyghurs in the spotlight

A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China’s roll-out of one of the world's most intrusive...

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East

The Middle East has a knack for sucking external powers into its conflicts. China’s ventures into the region have shown how difficult it is to...

Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani's repeated...

Surrendering a Brussels mosque: A Saudi break with ultra-conservatism?

Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has agreed to surrender...
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