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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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Specter of Russian military looms over Turkish canal project

  • In 2011, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his intention to construct what would be known as the Istanbul Canal as an alternative maritime route to the Bosphorus. Since then, the plan has been on hold due to the successive economic strains that Turkey has been under. However, with...
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Britain’s failure to honor Muslim troops a great stain

  • More than a century after the passing of events, the long shadow of empire still haunts governments today. In the same week that Turkey was pressured over the massacre of Armenians during the First World War, the UK found itself in hot water concerning imperial matters. The UK defense secretary...
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Ramadan amid the specter of food security concerns

  • Despite being a month of fasting, Ramadan is just as much a celebration of food. Across the Arab world, it is a time of increased food sales as families get together to break bread. This year, however, the holy month has served to accentuate the very real food crisis that is faced by countries ...
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France should mobilize rather than marginalize its Muslims

  • The egalitarian principles of the French republic would suggest that the state is blind to the creeds and private beliefs of its citizens. For the most part, this is correct. Its very particular brand of state-endorsed secularism projects a certain veneer of a republic to which all its citizens...
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Saudi plans to grow forests in the desert could change the world

  • For any country that relies upon hydrocarbons to provide 99 percent of its energy, you might imagine that announcing an ambitiously huge entry into the renewables space would be daunting. Not for Saudi Arabia. With average annual sun hours in excess of 3,000, miles upon miles of untouched shor...
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Suez Canal blockage highlights importance of the Red Sea

  • The grounding of the cargo ship Ever Given in the Suez Canal last week serves as a good opportunity to focus our minds on the future of the waterway and the wider Red Sea region. The canal is a vital artery for the global economy, and so the $15 million a day Egypt lost as a result of it being...
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Iraq needs to return home by rejoining Arab fold

  • The Iraqi people’s long-hoped-for stable and inclusive government remains a distant prospect almost two decades after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The end of Baath Party rule has not seen the country flower into a progressive society, rebuilt by the country’s great natural wealth; instead, succe...
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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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Security to top Merkel successor’s list of concerns

  • As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to leave office in September after nearly two decades in power, approval of her leadership of Germany has never been higher. The inexperienced and supposedly uncharismatic Merkel was not short of detractors as she took the top job in 2005. Today, however, on...
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