Observations of an Expat: The Fight for the Spoils

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Tom Arms

Politics hates a vacuum. It especially hates a vacuum in the tinderbox cockpit of the Middle East where the conflicting issues of money, vital resources, religious extremism, religious conflicts, historic rivalries and the geopolitical link between East and West dangerously clash. Continue reading “Observations of an Expat: The Fight for the Spoils”

What is behind the Qatar quarantine?


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Yasser M. Dhouib

It is common knowledge that the recent political crisis in the Gulf is plaguing the political scene in the region and is noticeable also that is having a very negative impact on the world stage, in addition to the Arab world. It is also worth noting that what is behind the move of Saudi Arabia and UAE to quarantine the state of Qatar certainly does not stem from the supposedly established ties with terrorism and its sponsor.

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European allies see the two sides of Trump


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Noah Barkin

In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets. In Brussels, he bashed NATO partners for not spending more on defence, shoved the prime minister of Montenegro and renewed his attacks on Germany’s trade surplus with the United States.

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What is rude for most Arabs…is not Trump’s handshake

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Ahmed Tharwat

Lots of debate and media coverage preceded and followed President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom. Anxieties and expectations filled the air. Trump, who has been behaving like a royal frat boy all his life, was visiting Saudi royalty in his first official overseas visit.

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Trump, the Islamic Alliance and Pakistan

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Imad Zafar

Change is the only law of nature that is and will always be constant. Civilizations can never be made stagnant nor can they be imprisoned in a certain period or specific time. Ideologies and patterns of thinking in civilizations always change with the shift in balance of power.

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Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

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Binoy Kampmark


“You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.”

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017

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The New American-Saudi-Muslim Alliance

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Sami Jamil Jadallah

As the ‘mainstream media’ besieged President Donald Trump’s touchdown in Riyadh on his first international trip where he was expected to receive a lavish and unprecedented reception by Saudi officials to attend a busy two day summit with Saudis, GCC leaders and heads of states from the Islamic world (minus Iran), we all know what the rewards for America will be after 8 years of a lean and mean relationship with President Obama.

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