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Rogue regime or world citizen? The simple choice facing Tehran

  • At a hearing on Monday at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, ­commonly known as the World Court, Iran argued that the US reimposition of economic sanctions, following its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was tantamount to “naked economic aggression.”...
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Can renewed US sanctions force Iran to change?

  • Economic sanctions are back in the headlines. Last week, the US administration announced that it was reinstating a host of economic sanctions on Iran that had been lifted following the 2015 agreement between Iran and six other nations, including the US, which sought to limit Iran’s nuclear acti...
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Canada: A lesson in diplomacy

  • The word “diplomatic” is practically synonymous with mild manners, tactfulness, and generally being amenable to conciliation. Although I am always reluctant to make generalizations, it seems that many Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, take pride in being polite.  That l...
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It’s time to tip the scale against Saudi Arabia’s obesity problem

  •   Knowledge of human history – even at a very basic level – reveals at least one incontrovertible truth. Modernity has radically changed the way people live around the world. To a great extent, it has allowed people to live longer, healthier, more comfortable lives. That is due in large ...
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Visiting Saudi Arabia? Hope you like coffee

  • An American friend of mine told me he will be visiting Saudi Arabia and asked me about what to expect. After pausing for a few seconds, I told him, “I hope you like coffee.” While Saudi Arabia is probably not the first country that comes to mind when one thinks of coffee the way Colombia, Bra...
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Diplomats wear many hats, but terror mastermind should not be one of them

  • According to the US State Department’s website, diplomats serve many functions. Although it puts a high premium on “advocating” for US interests, it makes clear that American diplomats also help strengthen relations with other nations, allow Washington to better understand the politics, economy...
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World is full of heroes who selflessly help others

  • The world is a big place and it never stops. Therefore, it is rare that a single news story dominates headlines across the globe, especially when it does not directly impact a large number of people, the way a natural disaster or armed conflict does. Yet the story of 12 boys from a soccer team ...
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Iranians have tired of government’s warped priorities

  • For the second time this year, thousands of Iranians have taken collective action to publicly express their discontent and anger at the government. In January, thousands of Iranians took to the streets in more than 60 towns and cities across the country to protest the economic policies of the g...
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Hodeidah operation could bring Yemen conflict to an end

  • Some casual observers of the war in Yemen have been referring to the conflict in that country as the “forgotten war.” However, even a cursory glance at the “International” or “World” sections of many major Western newspapers suggests that the latest developments in the conflict, especially the ...
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Green Falcons can do the new Saudi Arabia proud in Russia

  • Arguably the world’s biggest sporting event, the football World Cup, begins in Russia on Thursday. For a month, millions of people around the world will be glued to their television sets to watch 32 nations vie for the most coveted trophy in sports.  Fans will also spend hours scrolling ...
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