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An expansionist Iran and Obama’s ‘wishful thinking’

rise of sectarian Iranian proxies in countries where Shias do not constitute overwhelm­ing majority increases long-term threat of instability in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia’s new strategic narrative
Saudi Politics
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I t has become customary for prominent Saudis who write articles in the Western media or who give talks at think-tanks and academic institutions to stress one specific theme when speaking about Saudi Arabia’s cur­rent foreign policy posture: The Saudis have adopted a new “doc­trine”.

What’s next for Libya?
Libya Politics
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UN Special Envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon has been trying to herd the scattered Libyan politicians of all politi­cal shades around the table in or­der to negotiate a peace treaty of sorts, put an end to the fighting and establish a unity government that can keep the country together and en [ … ]

The Arab world’s soft revolution
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Arab youth are breaking taboos, bridging borders and reinventing them­selves in unprecedented ways and it is not by picking up arms or joining jihad.

‘Arab spring’ batters Jordan produce exports
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The sudden closure of Jor­dan’s borders with Syria and Iraq and reinforced Israeli security measures at border crossings have hampered the flow of Jordanian produce, leading to a drop of 42% in the country’s fruit and vegetable exports.

The Houthis must be stopped
Yemen Politics

My country, Yemen, is under siege by radical Houthi militia forces whose campaign of horror and destruction is fueled by the political and military support of an Iranian regime obsessed with regional domination. There is no question that the chaos in Yemen has been driven by Iran’s hunger for powe [ … ]

Saudi ‘constance’ in its Yemen policy
Yemen Politics

Operation Decisive Storm will emerge victorious because its demands are simple, moral, and supported locally, regionally and internationally. The campaign aims to support the legitimacy on which a future Yemen may be established, and to urge the Houthis to engage in dialogue with other Yemeni fact [ … ]

Let’s talk freely about free speech in the Arab world

Imagine how stifling it can be when you’re trying to watch TV and the channel is scrambled. All you hear is noise, the picture is blurred and the objective of the program you were trying to watch is lost. That’s life without free speech: inconvenient and without purpose.

Saudi Arabia: accountability is the new buzzword
Saudi Politics

The Saudi Ministry of Health still occupies prominent space in local papers, which have reported that several health officials in Jeddah were relieved from their posts for shortcomings in their performance. These people were medical doctors holding administrative positions.

How the jihadist seizure of Yarmouk benefits Assad
Syria Politics

The jihadist’s seizure of most of the Yarmouk refugee camp for Palestinians in Syria has been widely portrayed as a threat to the Syrian regime, owing to the camp’s proximity to President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power in Damascus. In actuality, this development benefits him in several ways.

In Yemen, Egypt balancing its interests
Egypt Politics
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Egypt’s decision to inter­vene in the Yemeni crisis against the Houthis re­flects President Abdel Fat­tah al-Sisi’s need to protect Egypt’s economic and political in­terests.

The Moroccan challenge to ISIS
Morocco Politics
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The entire Maghreb, from Libya to Morocco, is being targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS). The terror group’s recent assumption of responsibility for the Bardo Museum attack in Tunis comes in the context of a wider campaign to influence democracy in Tunisia and open a new front in the heart of the [ … ]

Ad campaign and security measures as Tunisia hopes to save tourist season
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Still smarting from a jihadist attack that killed 21 foreign tourists last month, Tunisia is hoping to save the summer season with new security measures and an ad campaign touting its safety as a destination, but industry leaders are glum.

Arab youth without jobs: Unemployment rate exceeds 30%
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More than 30 percent of young Arabs are jobless because of unrest in many Arab nations and not enough investment, a top labour official said on Sunday.

Saudi Capital Market Authority intensifies regulatory activities
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Saudi Arabia’s market regu­lator is pursuing an aggres­sive transparency policy to prepare the kingdom’s stock exchange to open up to foreign investment.

Et tu, Pakistan?

The record needs to be set straight on a few issues relating to the recent Pakistani parliament vote to remain neutral with regards to the war in Yemen.

The truth about ‘America’s project’

With every day that passes, Operation Decisive Storm proves just how necessary, and hence, justifiable it is.
The conspirators inside Yemen have made huge investments over the past few years in funding sectarian infrastructures, organizations, logistics, as well as tribal and interest-based relatio [ … ]

Iran’s first acquisition after the deal

Iran's first acquisition after signing the draft nuclear deal, amid promises to lift sanctions, were not cars, airplanes, refrigerators, or women’s purses – but rather long-range missiles! Iran was overjoyed after acquiring S300 missiles that the Kremlin has agreed to send this summer.

What challenges face the U.N. resolution on Yemen?
Yemen Politics

The U.N. Security Council draft on Yemen last week was issued as a result of the exceptional diplomatic efforts of the ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Jordanian presidency of the U.N. Security Council represented by Jordan’s envoy Dina Kawar.

Algeria moves to boost agricultural production

Weaker oil prices coupled with a drive to improve food security have prompted Algeria to accelerate its planned agricultural reforms over the next five years.


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