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Hezbollah: the last ‘victim’ of the US-backed Serbia – Kosovo deal

Under pressure of the United States, Serbia announced last week it will designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. This unexpected decision came after Serbia and Kosovo, under the US President Donald Trump‚Äôs auspices, signed a controversial ‘historic deal‘ on economic normalization in Washington. By Nikola Mikovic On …

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Panic in Iran following the explosions in Beirut

The Beirut explosions on August 4, resulting from 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate igniting along with other explosive materials present in far lesser quantity in a warehouse, left more than 200 dead, dozens missing and around 300,000 homeless. The explosions raised global concern and empathy for Lebanon. Importantly, the explosions …

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Indonesia: A Major Prize in the Battle for the Soul of Islam

by¬†James M. Dorsey¬†|¬†Jul 30, 2020 Saudi support of religious ultra-conservatism in Indonesia contradicts Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‚Äôs promotion of an undefined form of moderate Islam intended to project his kingdom as tolerant, innovative, and forward-looking. It also suggests that Saudi Arabia is willing to work with the Muslim Brotherhood …

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Palestine plays regional power politics with proposed energy deal

by¬†James M. Dorsey¬†|¬†Jul 14, 2020 An initial version of this story was first published in¬†Inside Arabia A podcast version of this story is available on¬†Soundcloud,¬†Itunes,¬†Spotify,¬†Stitcher,¬†TuneIn,¬†Spreaker,¬†Pocket Casts,¬†Tumblr,¬†Podbean,¬†Audecibel,¬†Patreon¬†and¬†Castbox. A Palestinian move to secure Palestine‚Äôs energy needs by tying them to high-stakes Turkish regional gambits constitutes an effort to reduce Palestinian dependence on …

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Insight 238: Turning Gulf Security Upside Down

06 Jul 2020 This story first appeared as an¬†MEI Insight A podcast version of this story is available on¬†Soundcloud,¬†Itunes,¬†Spotify,¬†Stitcher,¬†TuneIn,¬†Spreaker,¬†Pocket Casts,¬†Tumblr,¬†Podbean,¬†Audecibel,¬†Patreon¬†and¬†Castbox. Resolving the tug of war in the Middle East will require a backing away from approaches that treat conflicts as zero-sum games, and engagement by all regional and external players. …

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Your Land is my Land

Israel‚Äôs annexation of the West Bank could push it down a path that challenges its Jewish and democratic character. The agreement establishing the current Israeli coalition government¬†has set July 1 as the target date to begin consideration of the annexation in the West Bank. As this self-imposed deadline approaches, there …

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The Follow-Up of Follow-Ups: What does the lighter side of an alien invasion-abduction have in common with Hollywood’s crisis of manhood?

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD I have written an article a long time ago about a horror-SF movie I watched largely against my will, Dark Skies (2013), which fits into my longstanding research on sexual anxieties and alien abduction scenarios. I‚Äôd been thinking of writing a follow-up for some time …

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Gulf states beware. Chinese policy towards Sri Lanka tells a cautionary tale

By James M. Dorsey   China was quick to aid coronavirus-stricken Sri Lanka. Chinese magnanimity and speed in responding to the Indian Ocean island‚Äôs request contrasted starkly with Beijing‚Äôs more measured response to Africa‚Äôs needs, widely expected to be the pandemic‚Äôs next hotspot. Geography was but one reason why China …

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UAE Targets Turkey and Qatar in the Mediterranean

By James M. Dorsey     Europe is progressively being sucked into the Middle East and North Africa‚Äôs myriad conflicts. As if wars on its doorstep in Libya and Syria were not enough, UAE support for an Eastern Mediterranean pipeline that could hurt Qatar economically ‚ÄĒ combined with Greek, Cypriot …

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What Is Behind the Leadership Tensions Inside Syria?

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security (By MICHAEL YOUNG) Assaad al-Achi | Executive director of Baytna Syria, Syrian civil society activist Although leadership tensions, at least public ones, are extremely rare in Syria, they have always existed since Hafez …

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A modern witch hunt in coronavirus times

In times of crisis and panic, going against the flow is seen by many as inconvenient. This is precisely the case in the current Covid-19 pandemic where people who dare to oppose the official information coming from institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and other local health institutions …

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