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By closing Al Jazeera America after spending $2 billion, Qatar lowers global profile


Special to Qatar’s decision to pull the plug on Al Jazeera America is seen as an indication of its new leader’s “more cautious” approach in the international arena. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani shut down Al Jazeera America […]

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Unprecedented U.S. Mideast strategy is ad hoc, disregards existing frameworks

President Obama got a mixed reception when he spoke last year at the African Union.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer examination of […]

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Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks to reporters following a GCC extraordinary session.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Sunni Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf have expressed support for Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Iran, condemning what they described as Iranian interference in Riyadh’s internal affairs. […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 11: Hamas prepares to open international port with backing from Turkey, Qatar, Greece, EU


Special to GAZA CITY, Feb. 6, 2015 — Hamas is set to challenge Israel and open the Gaza Strip’s port to international traffic. Palestinian sources said Hamas was refurbishing the port south of Gaza City to receive foreign ships […]

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Middle East showdown as chess? Better to view it as poker

The most skillful bluffer will take the pot without even having to show his hand.

Special to By Norman Bailey The chaotic, not to say anarchic situation in much of the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region is often compared in complexity to the game of chess. It is nothing like chess, which has set […]

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Qatar pledges huge investment in United States as part of Iran alliance

Doha, Qatar

Special to The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) announced on Oct. 19 it would invest $35 billion in the United States by 2020. The QIA’s pledge comes as Qatar’s looks to bolster its strategic alliance with the United States after […]

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Sisi takes control, eclipses Obama, restores Egypt’s regional clout

Egyptian President President Abdul Fatah Sisi at the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal. / Reuters

Special to Sol W. Sanders President Abdul Fatah Sisi is rapidly resuming Egypt’s role as leader of the Arab world, nosing out U.S. Mideast leadership under President Barrack Obama’s “leading from behind”. Initially snubbed by Obama after his military […]

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Memo to the West: Moscow’s increasing role in Syria and against the jihadist threat since 2012

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs [Editor’s note: The following full-length report by Yossef Bodansky details Russia’s unambiguous response to the growing jihadist threat in Syria and the Middle East […]

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Many migrants to Europe come from Eritrea which is at peace but imploding

Eritrean migrants arrive in southern Italy. / AFP / Getty

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The aggressive opportunism of Eritrean President Isayas Afewerke is close to an implosion, but the prospect exists that the 69-year-old former revolutionary will lash out in a final attempt to reassert some regional […]

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Why the rich Gulf states won’t take refugees

Gulf states have taken in thousands fleeing Syria's war, just not as refugees.

Special to Concerned they will be overwhelmed by the social and political impact of a huge influx of refugees, wealthy Gulf states are highly unlikely to change their practice of keeping asylum seekers out. The UN convention on refugees, […]

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