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A day of reckoning for corrupt rulers

  • I WRITE this week from Doha, where an international conference has just concluded, focused on finding ways to recover money taken by former leaders of Arab Spring countries. The Arab Forum on Asset Recovery, probably the first conference of its kind, is the latest step in coordinating...
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A royal visit that can turn ambition into reality

  • King Salman’s visit to Russia, which began on Wednesday evening, is the first by a Saudi monarch. Although the two countries established full diplomatic relations in 1926, when the former Soviet Union recognized what was then the Kingdom of Hijaz and Najd, policy differences and regional and...
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A trickle of good news amid mayhem in Syria

  • Eighty years ago, good people merely watched, for years, as the Third Reich killed countless innocents throughout Europe. The League of Nations did little while millions were gassed, cremated, shot bombed or buried alive in their homes by Nazi and Fascist forces. Only after the Axis powers had...
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Abqaiq and Khurais attacks demand a strong response

  • Saturday’s attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities were a game-changer and should be met with equally robust responses. They were a serious escalation by Iran against Saudi Arabia, the US, the rule of international law, the stability of oil markets, and the health of the world economy....
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Aden’s violence and restoring Yemen’s national consensus

  • During the past week, clashes have erupted in Aden between supporters of the “Southern Transitional Council” and security forces of the Yemeni government. The clashes have so far resulted in hundreds of casualties, according to unconfirmed press reports, including over 30 fatalities. The impas...
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Afghanistan’s economic crisis deepens amid turmoil in Kabul

  • The horrific attack on a Kabul mosque on Wednesday was a grim reminder of the fragile security situation in Afghanistan. The bombing during evening prayers at the Siddiquiya Mosque in northern Kabul killed and injured scores of worshippers, according to a Taliban-appointed police spokesman quot...
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All-government approach needed to confront security challenges

  • Saudi Arabia last week announced a major Cabinet reshuffle affecting a number of important portfolios. One important change was the appointment of Dr. Musaed Al-Aiban, a senior Cabinet member, as national security adviser in addition to his current responsibilities. The Council for Political ...
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Although badly broken, Lebanon can be put back together

  • A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister fired by riot police during a protest, Beirut, Lebanon, August 8, 2020. (Reuters) The week following the explosion in Beirut port put on display some of the crippling crises that affected Lebanon long before this catastrophe exposed the go...
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America’s Yemen envoy slams Houthis for spurning peace

  • A hearing held last Wednesday by the US Congress revealed important elements of America’s Yemen policy, as well as how lawmakers from both parties view the crisis. The Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism questioned Timothy Lenderking, the new special envoy ...
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Assad oblivious to the shaky position of other Iran allies

  • The street protests taking place in Iraq and Lebanon appear to be primarily directed against Iran. They should sound the alarm for its allies and proxies in the region and encourage them to change their conduct. While some are taking notice, Bashar Assad seems quite oblivious. In words and deed...
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