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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 1 Aug, 2015

Opinion: Is the Gulf’s Relationship with Washington a Mistake?

The US administration’s deal with Iran on its nuclear program, which ends sanctions and paves the way for rapprochement with Tehran, was viewed by some as a rather low move by Washington against its longtime allies in the Gulf, who were loyal for over five decades. As a result, some in the region believe the deal requires the Gulf states reconsider their relationship with the US. The relationship between Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf countries with the US is not an ordinary one and is a ...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 31 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Iran Between Two Fantasies

What does a salesman do when he knows that the product he is pushing is not what it is claimed to be? He tries to stress other advantages the buyer would enjoy, for example winning a box of chocolates or a free holiday. This is what US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani are doing with the nuclear deal they say they have made in Vienna. Rouhani knows that, if fully implemented, the “deal” could put Iran under tutelage exercised by the six big powers invo...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Opinion: The Palestinian Girl Who Moved Merkel

Reem Sahwil, the young Palestinian girl who was reduced to tears in front of Angela Merkel, told the German chancellor she didn't know what her own future held so long as her stay ...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by Garbage

I remember from my youth the popular Lebanese saying, “Everything in Lebanon is ‘zift’ [asphalt] except the roads!” Metaphorically, asphalt, or rather, “zift,” came...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Zarif’s Charm Offensive

The officially announced aims behind Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s latest tour of the Gulf include improving relations with some of Iran’s neighbors, explaini...

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Tariq Alhomayed
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on : Monday, 27 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Does Saudi Arabia Have Hawks and Doves?

Coinciding with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Kuwait on Sunday, Iran launched a clearly organized media campaign aimed at other countries in the region...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 26 Jul, 2015

Opinion: ISIS’s Rebellion against Ankara

The official Turkish version is reasonable, despite what skeptics might believe. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was most likely behind the suicide bomb attack in the so...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 24 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Obama’s Potemkin Villages

Commenting on the multiple crises the world faces today, US President Barack Obama has often boasted about his “21st century diplomacy” presumably in contrast with the old scho...

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Salman Aldosary
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on : Thursday, 23 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Nuri Al-Maliki and Saud Al-Faisal’s Advice

After his recent unprecedented attack on Saudi Arabia and his odious calls for the Kingdom to be placed under “international trusteeship,” Iraqi Vice President Nuri Al-Maliki h...

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Mshari Al-Zaydi
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on : Wednesday, 22 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Aden responds to Vienna

Last week’s capture of Aden by Yemeni government loyalists has provided the best response to the nuclear deal which US President Barack Obama and the West gifted to Khomeneist Ir...

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