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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 31 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Karbala via Glasgow

Anxious to reach agreement with the P5+1 on Iran’s nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani is trying to mobilize support for his divisive policy. Last month, he tried to woo nationalists with a speech in which there was no mention of Islam, let alone the “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei. He talked of Iran as “the builder of civilization for thousands of years,” long before Islam, and as a great power that knew when to fight and when to negotiate. Last week, with the start of the Shi...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Thursday, 30 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Tunisia’s Lesson for Lebanon

Relations between Tunisia and Lebanon have a long history, and the connections between them do not stop with the Greek story of Elissa (Dido), daughter of the king of Tyre, who later became the founder and queen of Carthage, the nucleus of today’s Tunisia. Throughout history there have been several similarities between Lebanon and Tunisia: Both have been blessed with great natural beauty and a lovely climate, both have been keen to interact with the outside world, and both have been proud ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 30 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Will Egypt Mediate for Assad?

"Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is seeking, through his diplomatic contacts, to convince Egypt to mediate and convince Saudi Arabia—currently Egypt's biggest ally—to ...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 29 Oct, 2014

Opinion: A New Wave of Terrorism

It is natural that Egyptians feel shock and anger about last Friday’s terrorist attack in Sinai, which killed 30 soldiers. It is also natural for there to be widespread calls acr...

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Masood Ahmed
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on : Tuesday, 28 Oct, 2014

Opinion: The Middle East needs growth and jobs now more than ever

This fall has brought yet another negative shift in sentiment about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As the world’s policymakers left Washington after the IMF and ...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Tuesday, 28 Oct, 2014

Opinion: The Beautiful Face of an Ugly Regime

In this day and age, with its proliferation of images and videos online, it is easy to become bewitched by a beautiful face and a sweet-sounding voice. So it was with the Western m...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Monday, 27 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Saudi Arabia and the “Oil Weapon”

It is simply Saudi Arabia’s fate that it is held responsible for every little thing that occurs in the global oil markets. If prices go up or down, the finger of blame points her...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Monday, 27 Oct, 2014

Opinion: The Idea of Arab Military Intervention

In recent history, political battles were limited. Most of the time, each epoch was distinguished by a single crisis. A crisis in a country would not extend to neighboring states f...

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Abdul Moneim Said
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on : Sunday, 26 Oct, 2014

Opinion: ISIS cannot be ‘contained’

By the time this article goes to print, the battle for the Syrian border town of Kobani, or Ain Al-Arab as it is known in Arabic, may have reached its logical conclusion with the c...

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Mshari Al-Zaydi
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on : Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014

Opinion: The Zombies of ISIS

A Canadian national named Michael Zahaf-Bibeau, aged 32, made the headlines this week when he carried out a terrorist attack in Ottawa, killing one soldier standing guard at a war ...

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