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Gulf crisis turns Qatar into the ‘region’s Israel’

By James M. Dorsey Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.” Known for his hard-line pro-Israel views, Mr. Dershowitz drew his conclusion following an all-expenses paid trip to the Gulf …

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Erdogan threatens to ‘nip in the bud’ new US-backed Syria force

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to thwart the creation of a new US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria before it was even set up. “America has acknowledged it is in the process of creating a terror army …

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Salafi mission calls into question: Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

By James M. Dorsey Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salah’s concept of a moderate form of Islam. The questions are …

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Iranian protests expose contours of leadership in Muslim world

By James M. Dorsey If week-long anti-government protests in Iran exposed the Islamic republic’s deep-seated economic and political problems, they also laid bare Saudi Arabia’s structural inability to establish itself as the leader of the Sunni Muslim world. The responses to the protests of major …

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Saudi sports: The dark side of Crown Prince Mohammed’s reforms

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be putting his best foot forward when enthusiastic women soccer fans this week attend for the first time a men’s soccer match in the kingdom. The event symbolizes the social and economic changes Prince …

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Pakistan condemns ballistic missile attack on Najran in KSA

ISLAMABAD-UNS – Pakistan has condemned the ballistic missile attack by Houthi militia on the city of Najran in Saudi Arabia on 05 January 2018. “Pakistan commends the Government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missile before it caused any civilian casualties. It is however concerned …

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Iran ex-President Ahmadinejad arrested: Report

TEHRAN -UNS: The Iranian government has reportedly arrested former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for inciting unrest and demonstrations through his statements. Authorities are now seeking to place Ahmadinejad under house arrest with Khamenei’s approval, the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper added, citing “reliable sources in Tehran”. UK-based newspaper …

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Covert wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies

By James M. Dorsey Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian claims that anti-government protests were instigated by foreign powers. The largely baseless assertions offer nonetheless insight into the very different …

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Iranian protests raise tricky questions for US and Saudi policymakers

By James M. Dorsey If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s chequered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him to embark on yet another risky adventure inspired by widespread anti-government protests in Iran, the real focus of his multiple …

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Attended rally against Israel: Palestine recalls ambassador to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -UNS-Palestine on Saturday recalled its ambassador to Pakistan who attended a pro-Palestinian rally alongside Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) Emir Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a statement issued by its foreign ministry said. Palestinian Ambassador Walid Abu Ali on Friday shared the stage with the JuD chief at …

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