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The case of Mr. Assad

  • The mustache is now white, the hair gray — Bashar Assad is showing the stress of waging a war against innocents that has lasted six years. Despite the fact that 1,300 tons of gas were removed from Syria in 2014, chemical attacks have persisted as a recurring footnote of the conflict. With hundr...
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The call for a post-sectarian Middle East in Baghdad and Beirut

  • In Lebanon, sectarian divisions are breaking down as members of different sects have joined hands in challenging established parties. (Reuters) Water, electricity and access to economic opportunities are not sectarian trophies to award, but basic human rights. What events in Bagh...
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The Afghan quagmire

  • Following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Aug. 21 of a troop surge in Afghanistan, the futility of America’s longest war is strikingly clear. Since the conflict began in 2001, the US has spent more than $800 billion on the war. Compounded by supplementary funding such as veterans’ care,...
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Technology is unifying and dividing the Arab world

  • Having been almost stationary for an hour in a Beirut traffic jam, I asked the driver about the difficulties of working with Uber. Much to my surprise, he defended the transportation and delivery service, claiming it has done away with sectarian tensions and prejudices that are prevalent in the...
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Taj Mahal at center of efforts to erase India’s Muslim heritage

  • A member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Hindu nationalist party and the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is controversial. As chief minister of Gujarat earlier in his career, he is considered by many to have been complicit in the 2002 riots,...
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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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Successful auction heralds new dawn for Saudi art

  • Nobody seemed to mind as temperatures soared in the charming Nassif House in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district last Wednesday night. Under a crescent moon and perhaps what is one of the oldest trees in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia hosted its first international art auction. Raising almost SR5 million ($1.3 mi...
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Strongman leaders will always cost economies dearly

  • Hollow institutions are the definitive hallmark of systems of government dominated by strongmen. The world watched in amazement as Hosni Mubarak’s security apparatus and Saddam Hussein’s military simply disappeared at the first sight of trouble. As the Chinese and Turkish economies buckle in th...
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Strong institutions key to ending Iran’s influence in Iraq

  • Political stability has been a rare commodity in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. Though governments have come and gone, the lot of normal Iraqis has only worsened. Public services are in tatters, the economy is as broken as the country’s politics and the proliferation of militias has made securit...
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Strength in unity is the way forward for the GCC

  • An organization that is entering its fifth decade has, much like a person, a lot of experience to work from but also a great deal to plan for. In 1981, the Gulf’s emirs and sheikhs set aside centuries of rivalries and enmities to club together to contain post-revolutionary Iran. Sheikh Zayed ...
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