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Russia’s worrying involvement in Iran’s nuclear program

  • The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant — the site of Iran’s first commercial nuclear reactor — is once again at the center of questions about the nature of the regime’s nuclear plans. (AP Photo)  Quietly, in southwestern Iran, something is taking place that risks des...
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Russia’s pragmatic plans for the Middle East

  • Last December, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Hmeimim air base in Syria and triumphantly announced mission accomplished for Russian forces combatting Daesh. During the accompanying photo opportunity, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ushered Syrian President...
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Russian economy haunts Putin

  • Vladimir Putin’s electoral appeal has always been the guarantee of stability. This resonated with the masses following the post-Soviet upheaval, but this March the President faces a different challenge. With real wages in their third year of decline, Russians seek socio-economic change. The fast...
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Rise of Austrian far right should concern us all

  • There is no doubt as to the origins of Austria’s governing Freedom Party. Established in 1956 by a former Nazi and SS officer, the far-right populist party is now bringing its extremist politics into the Austrian mainstream. The party’s growth has led to the chancellor’s own People’s Party, ost...
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Resist the steamroller of illiberal liberalism

  • The most illiberal feature of liberals can be their attitude to those who do not share their views. Between 40 percent and 50 percent of people in the US and UK identify themselves as conservatives, but a glance at the daily news would have observers believe the world was in the throes of a...
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Regional political watershed lends itself to new alliance

  • After the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement is the largest grouping of states in the world. Originally established to keep states outside of the political and economic polarization of the Cold War, it forms an important link between the newly independent countries of the developing world. In the Mi...
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Refugee crisis puts EU’s long-term unity in doubt

  • Europe is in crisis. Millions of migrants have made and continue to make the arduous journey across the Mediterranean or indeed overland through Southeast Europe. The arrivals include asylum seekers, but also economic migrants. Given that Europe already had its challeng...
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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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Racism has seeped back into mainstream politics

  • “What’s your ethnicity?” Kellyanne Conway barked at a reporter on the lawn of the White House this week. President Donald Trump’s counselor, a pugnacious battleaxe who is no stranger to controversy in Washington, shocked onlookers as she attempted to ask Andrew Feinberg about his origins in an ...
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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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