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Whither Wahhabism?

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric …

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Battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?

By James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in …

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Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

GENEVA (AFP) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on Monday at the start of European trip billed as of “prime importance” after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. The tour, which also includes a stop …

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Iran’s Chabahar port is where Asian and Middle Eastern rivalries collide

By James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and …

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Erdogan secures sweeping new powers as rival accepts vote defeat

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning five more years in office with sweeping new powers after a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite bitter complaints over the conduct of the campaign. A night of …

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Erdogan declared winner of Turkey presidential polls

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won tightly-contested presidential polls, the election authority said Monday, extending his 15-year grip on power as the opposition complained bitterly about the conduct of the vote count. Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots …

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Chabahar Port to be operational by 2019

TEHRAN -UNS: India declares to make Chabahar Port in Iran operational by 2019, regardless of threat of transformed US sanctions against Tehran. Chabahar port complex in Iran is a new transportation access strip for land-locked Afghanistan, which may result in opening way for millions of …

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Whither the Kurds?

By James M. Dorsey Palestinians have long been known for a history of missing opportunities. By contrast, Kurds spread across several Middle Eastern nations appeared to have a keener understanding of geopolitics and were seemingly willing to embrace the art of the possible. All of …

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Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results

By James M. Dorsey Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that …

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Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

By James M. Dorsey Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new light on the root causes of popular protests in the Middle East that swept the region in 2011 and have …

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