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US bases must be closed, say Taliban

News Analysis | Taliban leaders are calling for US bases in Afghanistan to be closed down, sources say. They are also demanding the release of...

Pakistan looks to trace back $150 billion stashed in UAE

News Analysis | The Supreme Court of Pakistan has been told on Monday that Pakistanis own around $150 billion worth of properties and assets in...

The superflous debate about UAE aid offer to Kerala is diverting...

M K Bhadrakumar | It was three decades ago that a senior American diplomat Robin Raphel, who had served in New Delhi in the early...

Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

AFP | Canada is quietly nudging allies including Germany and Sweden for help with resolving its row with Saudi Arabia, a government source confirmed Thursday....

Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East

James M. Dorsey | With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar...

Saudi oil shipment halt: A potential watershed in the Yemen war

James M. Dorsey | A spike in oil prices as a result of a temporary halt in shipments through the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait may be...

Qatar: bitter year-long crisis in the Gulf

AFP | It has been more than a year since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and its allies cut ties with Qatar, sparking the...

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Dr. James M. Dorsey | Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim...

Writing on the wall for corrupt elite of Pakistan?

Ikram Sehgal | Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen...

Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

James M Dorsey | A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more...

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,...

The battle for the Iranian nuclear deal: China approaches a watershed

James M. Dorsey | Conventional wisdom has it that China stands to benefit from the US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran,...

Pakistan’s maritime security

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The Indian Ocean Region is having immense political and economic opportunities for Pakistan. The safety of sea-lanes is crucial for...

For Pakistani dockworkers in Dubai, wrestling is a way of life

AFP | Every Friday evening in Dubai's bustling Deira district, a sandy lot is transformed into the ring of champions. It is kushti wrestling night...

Pakistan firmly on road to cricket revival, says PCB

AFP | Pakistan's cricket chiefs hope the country can host a full series by 2020, after a successful tour by the West Indies sparked hopes...

Why is Nawaz trying to exploit Justice Isa’s remarks?

News Analysis | Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has termed the Justice Isa’s remarks on the Panama case, ‘not an ordinary development’. Talking to the media...

COAS inaugurates desalination plant in Gwadar

News Analysis | Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa laid the foundation of a water desalination plant in Gwadar on Sunday. Speaking on...

The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock starts ticking

James M. Dorsey | The Middle East’s nuclear technology clock is ticking as nations pursue peaceful capabilities that potentially leave the door open to future...

UAE condemns state sponsored terrorism after Modi’s visit

News Analysis | India’s Prime Minister Modi visited United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 10, 2018 and after delegation-level talks between PM Modi and Crown...

US helping Saudis enrich uranium displays the strength of their alliance

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

“Arab Media War at the heart of Saudi Purges?”

James M. Dorsey | Long-standing Saudi efforts to dominate the pan-Arab media landscape appear to have moved into high gear with Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

Macron travels to Saudi Arabia as controversy over Harriri heats up

Reuters | French President Emmanuel Macron held hastily scheduled talks in Riyadh on Thursday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid rising tensions between Saudi Arabia...

Lebanon: A new theater opens for Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery | Amidst simmering crises in the Middle East, Lebanon finds itself in the thick of things as Saudi Arabia on Monday...

Why Saudi Arabia allowed women into sports stadiums?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to attend sporting events in three of the country’s stadiums raises as many questions as it provides...

Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

James M. Dorsey| Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region’s onerous kafala or labor sponsorship system, denounced as...

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

James M. Dorsey | Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways...

Gulf media wars produce losers, no winners

James M. Dorsey | Feuding Gulf states that have pumped millions of dollars into public diplomacy appear to have done better in damaging the reputations...

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...

The Gulf crisis: Small states battle it out (SSRN Working Paper...

James M. Dorsey | Abstract Buried in the Gulf crisis is a major development likely to reshape international relations as well as power dynamics in the...

The club of four castigate Qatar’s piecemeal response

News Analysis | The GCC surge against one of its member countries, Qatar continues as the crisis over its alleged support for terrorism turns into...

Fissures in the GCC: Qatar stranded by its Gulf neighbors

News Analysis | Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar, causing fissures in the powerful Gulf consortium ostensibly...

Let’s Spread Violence to “Eradicate” Violence – United States Way of...

David Swanson | The first point to point out is the idea that the Middle East is culturally a violent place that can be made...

Trump administration bans Laptops, Tablets & electronic devices on flights from...

David Shepardson & Mark Hosenball with News Desk Input Passengers travelling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than...

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