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Transition in the Middle East: Transition to what?

By James M. Dorsey Transition is the name of the game in the Middle East and North Africa. The question is transition to what? Dominating the answer is an Arab autocratic push for a Saudi-led regional order that would be based on an upgraded 21st …

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The battle for control of Brussels’ Grand Mosque

By James M. Dorsey It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand Mosque after three years …

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Saad Hariri’s return to Lebanon: A moment of truth

By James M. Dorsey The proof will be in the pudding when Prime Minister Saad Hariri returns home in the coming days to a country in which friend and foe have rallied around him and he clarifies whether he intends to follow through on his …

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The Middle East: It will only get worse

By James M. Dorsey As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up. The arrests occurred as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in what many saw as …

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Sir Aga Khan’s contribution in Pakistan Movement 1906-1947

By Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmad High Highness Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III GCSI GCMG GCIE GCVO PC was the 48th Imam of the Ismaili community. He was the first President of the All-India Muslim League. He was born in Karachi on 2 November …

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Human Rights: Are They Universal?

By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai “Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.” George Bernard Shaw It is tragic that civilized nations have fallen from their lofty calling: namely, human rights for all mankind. There is a sad …

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US-Turkish visa spat: A fight for basic freedoms

By James M. Dorsey Moves by the United States and Turkey that largely ban travel of their nationals between the two countries is about more than two long-standing NATO allies having a spat amid shifting alliances in a volatile part of the world. It is …

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Hazrat Imam Zain UlAabadeen (AS): A Golden Chapter of Muslim History

By Barrister Rubab Mehdi Hazrat Imam Zain UlAabadeen (AS) was born on a Thursday the 5th of Shabaan 38 Hijri in Madinah Munawwarah. Masaalik as-Saalikeen.Hazrat Imam Hussain kept most of his children names attached to the name Ali. This was due to his love for …

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Playing with Fire: Israei,its problematic friends solidify ties

By James M. Dorsey Remarks at United Hebrew Congregation, Singapore, 3 October 2017 There are no nice guys in the Middle East, a region that is in the sixth year of transition. It’s a transition that is likely to take up to a quarter of …

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Signs of hope in the Middle East?

By James M. Dorsey Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State (IS) is on the cusp of territorial defeat in Syria and Iraq. Saudi …

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