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Osman Mirghani
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on : Saturday, 22 Nov, 2014

Opinion: A War Only We Can Win

A Global Terrorism Index report, released on Tuesday, suggests that 107,000 people have died in 48,000 terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2013. The revelation may be terrifying, but it is not surprising. Excluding sectarian wars and tensions, terrorism is the biggest enemy threatening the stability of several Arab and Muslim countries that have suffered the highest number of attacks and casualties. In 2013 alone, around 18,000 people were killed in 10,000 terrorist attacks, of which the majority...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 22 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Assad will use a truce to rearm

I cannot understand United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s plan for resolving the Syrian crisis, the leaks of which have recently been published. The leaked plan suggests there are two contradictory projects being considered as part of one package: a regime ruled by Bashar Al-Assad and areas ruled by armed opposition groups; all of whom would agree to stop fighting for two years. I am not certain that my analysis is 100 percent correct, as some of the details may be int...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 21 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Syria goes back to old colonial games

It was, perhaps, sometime last year that whoever runs the Assad regime in Damascus discovered a colonial-era manual left by the French on how to hang on to power in Syria. Reflecti...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Erdoğan’s Sad Search for Past Glories

I’ve read a great deal of criticism by a number of Arab writers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for recently claiming during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from ...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Thursday, 20 Nov, 2014

Opinion: The Eastern Question, 2014 Style

The recent resolution of internal differences within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was a significant development, as these have allowed the enemies of the Arab Mashreq (East) ...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2014

Opinion: The GCC’s Honeymoon

For a period of 255 days the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) faced one of its worst crises, one which raised the likelihood of seeing some member states being pushed out of the orga...

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Tariq Alhomayed
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on : Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2014

Opinion: The GCC Crisis and the Challenges Ahead

Under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has turned a new leaf over the complex inter-GCC dispu...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Erdoğan’s Rediscovery of America

We do not know what prompted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to say, during his reception of a Latin American delegation, that he was certain that Muslims discovered North ...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2014

Opinion: Bookworms Beware!

Famous French writer Claude Askolovitch recently described France’s culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, as “barbaric.” Why would he use such a harsh term? Well, the reason is t...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 18 Nov, 2014

Opinion: The Emirates’ New Terror List

The United Arab Emirates has become the second Gulf country after Saudi Arabia to designate the Yemeni Houthi movement’s Ansar Allah a terrorist group. This step is significant o...

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