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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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Battle for the Iranian nuclear deal: China approaches a watershed

By James M. Dorsey Conventional wisdom has it that China stands to benefit from the US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran, particularly if major European companies feel that the risk of running afoul of US secondary sanctions is too high. In …

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کہانی انسانی تاریخ کو کیسے بدلتی ہے؟

یونانی بادشاہ الیگزینڈر یا سکندر کو دنیا ‘سکندر اعظم’ کہتی ہے، اس کی وجہ یہ ہے کہ اس نے بہت ہی کم عمر میں یورپ سے ایشیا تک اپنی سلطنت قائم کر لی تھی۔ محض 32 سال کی عمر میں مرنے سے پہلے سکندر نے …

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Ex-Pakistani PM puts Pakistani military and China on the spot

By James M. Dorsey Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif kicked up a storm when he earlier this month seemingly admitted that Pakistan had supported militants who attacked multiple targets in Mumbai in 2008, killing 166 people. Mr. Sharif’s admission, which he has since tried …

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May 12: A potentially future-shaping day for the ME

By James M. Dorsey With US President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day that could shape the …

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Astronomy: The outer frontier of MbS’ liberalization

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than just another headline-grabbing move. …

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‘Democracy in India is in grave danger’

MUMBAI: One of India’s best known politicians, former finance and foreign minister Yashwant Sinha, quit the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party was undermining democratic institutions. Sinha, who served as a minister in the first BJP-led governments headed …

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Rolling back militancy: Bangladesh looks to Saudi in a twist of irony

By James M. Dorsey Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to …

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Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face

By James M. Dorsey There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base. If …

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle Eastern Soccer

By James M. Dorsey Edited remarks at The Beautiful Game? Identity, Resentment, and Discrimination in Football and Fan Cultures conference, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, 12-13 April 2018 The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and development of …

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