New Gates to Africa: Economy Reconciles Even Decades-Long Feuds

The Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Turkey, the unrest in Iran, the civil war in Syria, the US exit from the “nuclear deal” with Tehran, the military actions in Yemen and the situation in Afghanistan attract the attention of international media. In addition, in many regions of the Middle East the situation is no less …

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Military show at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, 19 February 2017 (AFP)

Outsourcing War: How Foreigners and Mercenaries Power UAE’s Military

In California's Mojave Desert last year, an American man wearing a helmet and body armour stood in front of a line of rifle-toting Emirati troops who were in the United States for military training. “My name is General Stephen A. Toumajan,” he tells the camera in a distinctly American accent, his thumbs gripping the sides …

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Cambridge Analytica Parent Co. Used Yemen as Test Site for Global Manipulation Tactics

Leaked documents show that Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), the parent company of the notorious Cambridge Analytica, carried out a surveillance operation embedded among local Yemeni populations in 2009. The research and psychological tactics of deception were likely later used against populations around the world including Libya, Syria, and Iran where SCL Group carried out various operations …

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Saudi Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves to support Donald J. Trump’s plan for a resolution …

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Iran’s Chabahar Port Is Where Asian and Middle Eastern Rivalries Collide

Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and …

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Middle East and Sad Prospects of its Development

As TV channel Al Arabiya has reported, Jordan withdrew its ambassador Abdullah Suleyman Abu Rumman from Iran. Amman presented a very interesting interpretation to justify its actions. This decision was adopted by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom in relation Tehran’s policy of interference into affairs of the countries of the Middle East. It …

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, left, waves while standing by Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah, right, during a training run for the Egyptian team at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny on June 10, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Photo: AFP/ Karim Jaafar

How Chechen Strongman Became Putin’s Bridge to Muslim World

It was a curious cargo for a Russian military aircraft: No bombs, no munitions, no troops, only women and children. The aircraft landed in Grozny, the capital of Russia’s Chechnya region, last October. The passengers were relatives of radicalized Russian nationals fighting for Islamic State, held captive in Iraqi prisons after being abandoned on the territory …

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