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Change needed if Algeria is to fulfill its potential

  • A protester in Algeria calling for the ouster of Bouteflika (File/AFP) Algeria burst into protest last month after the country’s longest-serving president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, announced he would run for a fifth consecutive term in office. Under pressure, the veteran of Algeria’s horri...
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Churchill row: Political correctness has gone too far

  • Author of 43 books, escaped prisoner of war, journalist, decorated military officer, artist, orator, introducer of the first minimum wage, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and last but not least, the greatest British prime minister. Sir Winston Churchill was by all accounts a titan of history, but i...
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Clash between unlikely allies Turkey and Russia is inevitable

  • Having gone to war at least 12 times over the centuries, Turkey and Russia are unlikely allies. In 2015, when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, any accord between the two seemed unlikelier still. And the gunning down of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara a year later was a cause for ...
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Climate change has the region both in drought and flooded

  • The opposite ends of the Arab world are experiencing two extreme weather conditions simultaneously: while the UAE and Oman in the east recover from last week’s unprecedented rain and flash floods, Morocco in the west is experiencing its sixth continuous year of drought. Flooding killed at lea...
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Cometh the hour, cometh Muqtada Al-Sadr

  •   Mass public gatherings have been rare in Iraq since security forces and militia groups stifled anti-government protests last year and amid regular government curfews to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, thousands hit the streets last week to denounce Israeli military actio...
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Concert diplomacy regains importance amid today’s global challenges

  • As the world struggled with the effects of the 1973 oil crisis, finance ministers from six of the world’s leading economies — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US — formalized their cooperation amid the instability they were experiencing. Disruptions to energy supplies had led to wi...
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Confrontational trade policies come with many risks

  • The world watched with anticipation as US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met at the G20 summit on Sunday. In what has been an incredibly tense few weeks, investors were bracing for the worst as Trump showed a dogged willingness to force concessions out of ...
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Confusion over Christmas in the Middle East

  • In the days leading up to Christmas, each of the Middle East’s grand hotels is adorned with a flashy Christmas tree. Irrespective of indigenous Christian communities and their deep traditions, a generation of Arabs nurtured on Disney have come to adopt a commercial and northern European rendition...
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Congo slipping back toward civil war

  • As Joseph Kabila plays video games in Kinshasa surrounded by the only functioning military entity in the Congo, the Presidential Guard, the people grow weary of his pretexts for remaining in power. Having taken over following the assassination of his father Laurent-Désiré in 2001, the...
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Conservatives in open revolt against PM May’s Brexit plan

  • As the prime minister considers making major concessions to Labour, the Conservative Party is at real risk of fracturing. (AP Photo) The term “men in grey suits” evokes fear for any Conservative Party leader, but to the embattled Theresa May it must conjure absolute horror. The s...
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