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Saudi Arabia and Israel get cozy

For Israel, Saudi Arabia’s growing willingness to confront Iranian influence in the Middle East presents an opening for an awkward alliance. As the kingdom’s dynamic new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, tries to rally an anti-Iran coalition, Israel – with the blessing of the Trump administration – is presenting itself …

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Riyadh Will Struggle to ‘Sell’ Working With Israel to the Arab World

Israel’s chief of staff has said in an unprecedented interview with a Saudi Arabian newspaper that his country is prepared to work with Riyadh to face off Iran’s expanding regional influence. Sputnik spoke with Middle East political analyst Catherine Shakdam on the prospects of such cooperation. Sputnik spoke with Middle …

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CPEC: ABCs of commercial investment dispute resolution

By :Rana Sajjad Ahmad President Xi Jinping has called China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative the project of the century. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework is one component of this massive initiative that involves around 60 countries and affects almost half of the world’s population. This underscores the …

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Crime and politics

A.G. Noorani: ON Nov 3, a leading English daily Indian Express published a full-page report on criminal cases against union ministers and current and former chief ministers. Most of the 1,581 cases relate to rioting, unlawful assembly, murder and attempt to murder. In 1981, one of India’s most upright civil …

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Faizabad sit-in: A war of attrition

Umer Farooq: The Faizabad sit-in is a worrying example of the state and government being held hostage by a religious group largely obscure until now. Thousands of green-turbaned religious foot soldiers of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) have managed to paralyse Islamabad and Rawalpindi since November 8 by blocking the main …

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The series of the arrogant prince

By Dr Amira Abo el-Fetouh There is no doubt that the ambitious and arrogant Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has entertained the world with an action series, similar to a Mexican soap opera, the first episode of which began with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef stepping …

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Balochistan killings

ON the very day that a National Security Committee meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and attended by the senior-most military leadership, praised the state’s efforts in Balochistan to establish peace and stability, the province was again rocked by violence.The attacks on Wednesday are significant because they have …

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Fear of a Deadlier Successor to ISIS in Deir Ezzor

ISIS lost Raqqa.They then lost al-Mayadeen and now are rapidly being pushed out of their remaining territory in Deir Ezzor, my home province and the militants’ last stronghold in Syria.But ISIS’s territorial losses have not translated into victories for civilians in Deir Ezzor. Many families, including my own, suffered every …

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