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ISIS eyes-out new territories in south Syria with little hint of...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) - The last several months has witnessed an exceptional increase in the amount violence between a key Islamic State affiliate...

Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani's repeated...
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Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘moderate’ Islam?

Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of...

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

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...
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Chinese engineer’s disappearance takes on geopolitical significance

Thirty-six-year-old Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Mr. Liu's disappearance as a...

Rebel ‘Response to Tyranny’ operations room only succeeds in oppressing itself...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) - Joining onside of a counter-offensive led by hardline jihadist factions (all of them linked to Al-Qaeda) against Syrian government...
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Revelation: Erdogan learns that saying mean things only makes you enemies

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be learning that even in the complex and inherently paranoid environment of...

Betting on the wrong horse? US and Iranian hardliners spin anti-government...

In supporting recent anti-government protests in Iran, both Iranian hardliners and the US State Department may want to be careful what they wish for. Not...
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Challenging the Saudi crown prince: Alwaleed bin Talal toughs it out

Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting...

Qatari wahhabism vs. Saudi wahhabism and the perils of top-down change

A multi-domed, sand-coloured, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming six years ago...
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