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Trump hosts first iftar dinner at White House

AFP | Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner as president Wednesday, marking the traditional Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Trump,...

A year of blockade: Qatar stands firm

News Analysis | A year ago, Gulf quartet Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt decided to impose an air, land and sea blockade...

King Salman seeks support from Macron to intervene in Qatar’s procurement...

News Analysis | According to the report of a French daily newspaper, Le Monde, King Salman has written a letter to the French President Emmanuel...

“Saffronization” of India: US Federal Commission Report

News Analysis | Religious freedom conditions witnessed a "downward trend" in India last year, as Hindu-nationalist groups sought to "saffronize" it through violence, intimidation, and...

Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

AFP | Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the...

Trump now terms Qatar as “Ally against Terroism”

News Analysis | Following the rift between Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in 2017, President of the United States of America Donald...

Trump to host UAE Crown Prince, calls for Gulf unity

AFP | The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would host the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, but...

India doesn’t need a working relationship with US Central Command

M K Bhadrakumar | The Indian media reported that following the 2+2 talks in Washington last week at the level of the foreign and defence...

New Axis of Evil?

News Analysis | In widely publicized comments, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia included Turkey, Iran and radical religious groups in his new definition of...

Saudi Arabia raises temperature against Iran

 AFP | Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian "aggression", as Bahrain said the Iran-backed Hezbollah...

‘Coup de Grace’ of the Old System in Saudi Arabia

Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | While the courts of justice were functioning in Saudi Arabia, the crackdown in the name of corruption, in the absence...

Gulf states enhancing ties with Israel after USA fails to end...

 James M. Dorsey | A cornerstone of the Trump administration’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace, involving a restructuring of relations between erstwhile Middle Eastern foes appears...

Saudi Arabia Eases restrictions on messaging apps, but WhatsApp and Viber...

Afef Abrougui |  After more than four years of heavy censorship, Saudi Arabia has eased restrictions on the use of internet-based call and messaging (VoIP) applications. In...

Iran checkmates ‘Israel & the US’ in the Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar | The announcement in Tehran on Saturday regarding the successful test of a ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and capable of...

The Gulf crisis: Fighting it out down and dirty

James M. Dorsey | In the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence,...

Riyadh slams Doha, suspends talks after signs of breakthrough

News Analysis | Saudi Arabia has cut off talks with Qatar on Saturday accusing the tiny Gulf country of "distorting facts" regarding the telephonic conversation...

Gulf crisis is merely a family squabble: ‘James Dorsey’

James M. Dorsey | A three-month old crisis in the Gulf that has pitted Qatar against an alliance led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia...

Is the failing Foreign Policy causing a drop in remittances for...

News Analysis | The simmering Gulf Crisis and the changing economic policies of GCC countries from oil dependence towards a knowledge-driven economic system for localization...

Saudi Silliness: Fracas with Qatar and Sectarian Injunction

Adnan Qaiser | In my paper in spring 2017: ‘Radical Islamism: Understanding Extremist Narrative and Mindset,’ I had postulated that all Middle East’s ills lie...

Pakistan’s Defense Production: More Efficient than India, Why?

Najam Ul Hassan | Indian Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Sarath Chand has recently acknowledged that Pakistan's Defense Production base is bigger and...

Qatar scores, at least on the soccer pitch

James M. Dorsey | Qatar won more than a symbolic victory with a decision by European soccer body UEFA to award controversial television network Al Jazeera’s...

China takes a leap of faith in the Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar | Like a deer caught in the headlight on the median of the highway at night, South Block stands paralyzed as the...

Is democracy consistent with Islam?

Nauman Sadiq | Some people are under the impression that democracy and Islam are incompatible. But I don’t see any contradiction between democracy and Islam,...

The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare

James M. Dorsey | Revelations about two incidents of Gulf-related fake news shine a spotlight on a long-standing psychological war between the UAE and Qatar...

Gulf crisis: Wests keen eye on strategic and economic benefits

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The failure of the mission to the Gulf by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resolve the rift between Qatar and...

US moves to break deadlock in Gulf Crisis

News Analysis | A memorandum of understanding, aimed to shore up Qatar's counter-terrorism efforts, was signed between the United States and the Gulf nation on...

Gulf crisis: can its resolution reshape the future of international relations?

James M. Dorsey | The five-week-old Gulf crisis raises questions about the fundaments of international relations, the definition of national security, and the ability of...

Jackson report puts Saudi Arabia and UK in a tight spot

James Dorsey | A report charging Saudi Arabia with funding extremism in Britain puts both the Kingdom and Prime Minister Teresa May on the spot. The report...

Qatar: a case study of how small states are treated in...

James M. Dorsey | A Qatari refusal to bow to the dictate of its larger neighbors is a case study of the place of small...

Gulf crisis stalemate fuels fears in Muslim Asia

James M. Dorsey | Vulnerable Asian states are bracing for possible pressure to back a Saudi-UAE boycott of Qatar as efforts to mediate an end...

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