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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, Addresses General Assembly, 68th session, 2013

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly… Continue reading

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Dismiss the Egyptian People and Elect a New One

Starvation is the unstated subject of this week’s military coup… Continue reading

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Al Gore Sells Out (to an Islamist Television Network)

What would you call it if a former vice-president of the United States had sold his television network to an Islamist television network at a time when such forces threatened America?… Continue reading

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A Hamas Divided

Whenever the Israel-Palestine conflict is in the news, too much ink is wasted over moralizing rather than analyzing… Continue reading

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Rethinking Libya

Islamist factions have not emerged to dominate the Libyan election results… Continue reading

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The Piety Premium of Islamic Bonds

Traditionally, the Islamic states have had to reach out to Western capital markets to obtain funding for major projects. Islam’s prohibition on the collection of interest made it difficult to… Continue reading

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The Two Faces of Al Jazeera

One of the principal beneficiaries of the Arab uprisings has been Al Jazeera television… Continue reading

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Sunni Realignments

Despite threats from Iran to withdraw financial aid and training for militants… Continue reading

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Make Way for the Muslim Brotherhood International

It’s time for the Fifth Internationale, that of the Muslim Brotherhoods… Continue reading

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Jordan’s King Abdullah meets with Abbas discussing Syria and Israel-Palestinian issue in a rare West Bank visit

Jordan’s King Abdullah II arrived in Ramallah at very short notice for his first visit in more than a decade… Continue reading

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Qatar’s Sunni Side

How could Qatar’s foreign policy best be defined during the Arab Spring… Continue reading

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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

You are all aware that the blossoming of the Arab spring has faced everybody with heavy responsibilities to assume and with positions that they have to take… Continue reading

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Western Self-Destructiveness: A Small Example Regarding the Arab Media

There are two major Arab satellite television networks… Continue reading

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Saudis give up on US, instigate direct Gulf action against Iran

After giving up on US and Israel ever confronting Iran, Saudi Arabia has gone out on a limb against the Obama administration… Continue reading

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Libya is A Brave Face on a Farce

In what may become a symbolic photo of the current Libyan intervention, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was shown on… Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia, Gulf States: Iran Is Attacking Us; Obama Administration: Excuses, Excuses!

How sadly ironic. A few years ago, the two previous U.S. presidents were trying to get Gulf Arab states to do more to foster an… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Al-Jazeera Changed Coverage to Suit Qatari Foreign Policy

Qatar is using the Arabic news channel al-Jazeera as a bargaining chip in foreign policy negotiations by adapting its coverage to suit other foreign… Continue reading

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Palestine Papers: “a First-Class Political Smear Campaign”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out Monday at Al-Jazeera, calling the Arabic TV network’s release of alleged secret documents from Israeli-Palestinian peace… Continue reading

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PA Leader Abbas Releases Hamas Terrorist Just 4 Months After Murdering Four Israelis

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas decided to release a Hamas terrorist from prison just four months after he and other Hamas gunmen ambushed and killed four Israeli civilians (all residents of Bet Haggai) in their car… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Lockerbie Bomber Released after Gaddafi’s Threats Against UK

The British government’s deep fears that Libya would take “harsh and immediate” action against UK interests if the convicted Lockerbie bomber died in a Scottish prison are revealed in secret US embassy cables which show London’s full… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Golfstaten Fungeren Als Financieringsbron Voor Terrorisme

Counterterrorisme maatregelen van de Perzische Golfstaten tegen fondsenwerving door radicale Islamitische groeperingen als Al Qaida, Taliban en Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT] hebben onvoldoende resultaat gehad. Dit lezen we in de geheime Amerikaanse memo’s die… Lees verder

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The Real Middle Eastern Cold War

This new Cold War represents the current ideological division in the Middle East between the “revolutionary bloc,” led chiefly by Iran, Syria, and more recently Turkey, and the “status-quo bloc,” led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt… Continue reading

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The Survival of Traditional Regimes in the Persian Gulf

If you had told experts in the mid-1960s that a half-century later every king and emir then ruling in the Persian Gulf would still be there, most would have been astonished… Continue reading