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Gulf countries heeding pandemic’s lessons on diversification

  • Tucked away among the impressive virtual reality, star speakers and commendable organization during the fourth year of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) last week was the distinct understanding that the pandemic has provided an opportunity, rather than a challenge, to the Gulf economies. ...
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Harnessing the people’s strength key to Afghanistan’s future

  • Lyse Doucett, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, last week joined the ranks of those lamenting recent events in Afghanistan with a poignant “Love Letter to Kabul.” The gesture echoed the mood among many that, with the return of the Taliban, the country’s diversity and rich heritage, w...
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History repeating itself as Western troops leave Afghanistan

  • In 1842, four years after invading in formidable numbers and to great fanfare, an entire British army retreating from Afghanistan to India was massacred. Its worthy Afghan foes, with an eye on history and taunting any would-be invader, allowed one military surgeon, Dr. William Brydon, to surviv...
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How China deals with Hong Kong a key indicator for West

  • Protesters are hit by police water cannon during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, China. (Reuters) As the Union Jack came down over Wan Chai on a hot summer evening in 1997, Hong Kong’s future as a special administrative region (SAR) seemed secure...
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How isolated is Russia?

  • Roaring arms sales of Russia’s S-400 mobile long-range surface-to-air missile system have been held as an example of the country’s growing posturing and influence on the world stage. (Reuters) On the fifth anniversary of the onset of the Crimean crisis, many have conjectured that Washin...
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How Kim transformed from warmonger to peacemaker

  • The hardline stance pursued by the United States in respect of the North Korean weapons program has essentially forced Pyongyang into a corner. Faced with choosing between regime survival and nuclear weapons, it seems they have decided upon the former. With the threat of US military action...
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How King Salman built a capital for the 21st century

  • The city of Riyadh today stands as a living example of the vision of King Salman. For close to five million people, he built a collective home; and for the country’s institutions, diplomatic facilities and education system, he built an international capital city and, importantly, a seat of...
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How long can Boris Johnson hold on?

  • The UK Parliament is in a state of paralysis. Three years after a national referendum in which the people voted to leave the EU, the country remains on a precipice. After Parliament blocked proposed exit deal after proposed exit deal, and with the saga now being overseen by its third prime mi...
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Independent media central to the success of US society

  • It is no coincidence that both a Hollywood movie and a well-publicized HBO documentary have recently been produced on Ben Bradlee, the editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. Bradlee was a great proponent of the press and of investigative journalism, becoming a national figure for his ...
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Influential SCO seeks to supplant G7

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has grown rapidly over the last decade. Once known as the Shanghai Five, the group has developed into the largest regional bloc in the world in terms of geographical coverage and population. Covering three-fifths of the Eurasian continen...
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