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Qaboos’ philosophy key to Oman’s development

  • Oman’s newly sworn-in Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said receives condolences during the funeral of his cousin, the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat. (Reuters) The passing of Sultan Qaboos has drawn concern that it has created a huge vacuum at a time of great tumult in the Middle East...
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Modi and BJP ignoring India’s history of tolerance

  • To the international community, Narendra Modi is the slightly built, traditionally dressed vegetarian and almost timid figure representing the world’s largest democracy. Many would venture that the greying statesman perfectly represents the immense wisdom of one of the world’s oldest civilizati...
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NATO at 70: After a troubled summit, the alliance is down but not yet out

  • NATO leaders and Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pose for the family picture at the NATO summit in Watford, England. (Reuters) It was in the summer of 2018, when Donald Trump launched the first of his attacks on long-standing allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N...
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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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Lebanon’s elite responsible for hollowing out of the state 

  • Demonstrators wave Lebanese flags during a protest in Tripoli, Lebanon. (Reuters) Sentiments on the streets of Lebanon could not be more different from 30 years ago, when the country’s leaders inspired a sense of optimism in choosing peace and prosperity over bitter civil war. Ho...
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US withdrawal adds more fuel to Syria conflict

  • A convoy of US military vehicles arrives near the Iraqi Kurdish town of Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate after withdrawing from northern Syria. (AFP)  For years, Syria enjoyed an eerie serenity as its people lived in fear of being picked up by one of the country’s four com...
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Make-or-break week as Boris edges closer to Brexit deal

  • EU negotiators recently haughtily rubbished the idea of talks with the UK taking place over the weekend. They argued that, in the absence of serious negotiations, there was no justification to breach their sacred European working week. It seems, however, that there has been a realization that t...
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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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Mugabe: From independence and stability to coup and chaos

  • Independence, the Matabeleland massacres, land reform, and despotism: These words have come to encapsulate the 60-year-long political career of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who died this month aged 95.  The promising young student taken in by Jesuit missionaries always pref...
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Can Biden go the distance?

  • Aside from the easygoing demeanor and friendly uncle-in-chief charm, the American public never could quite place “Cup O’ Joe” Biden’s politics. Aside from the fact he served diligently as Barack Obama’s steady vice president and spent 40 years as a representative of the leafy Atlantic coast sea...
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