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Qatar’s arrogance delays crisis resolution

By Sami Moubayed When Qatar’s former emir Shaikh Ahmad Bin Ali Al Thani died during exile in London in November 1977, the Qatari government flew him back to Doha, where he was given a royal funeral by his cousin, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani. The same applied to his …

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Does the media want to be free or feel secure?

By John Lloyd Journalism is in a delicate state in the world. The day when it seemed secure in its own freedom is gone. As June Jodie Ginsberg, the CEO of Index on Censorship, has observed: “It does seem as if the world is more authoritarian now.” Authoritarian leaders are …

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The UN is rapidly losing its relevance

By Mustapha Karkouti As the United Nations General Assembly is about to convene its 72nd regular session this month, it seems we are going to sadly witness yet another ritual act of self-preservation by this world organisation. The General Debate will open on September 19 when many dignitaries will take …

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Shame on you suu kyi!

By Syed M. Aslam Shame on suu kyi (a person defending, facilitating, and supporting the state-abetted genocide and horrific atrocities that no words could illustrate) of defenseless Rohingya Muslim minority by her government is unfit to have her name spelled the first alphabet of her name spelled with capital letter) …

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Water scarcity could hit food security in Arab countries

By George Joffe The Middle East and North Africa, already the most water-stressed region in the world, faces a worsening crisis in terms of its access to water in the decades to come. A country is water stressed when it cannot provide the minimum water supply to satisfy the essential …

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Brics advocates an ambitious agenda

By Andrew Hammond Presidents and prime ministers from the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are meeting from yesterday until tomorrow in Xiamen for the group’s 9th annual summit. The session – coming soon after a significant security spat between China and India, which chilled bilateral ties – …

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Fewer immigrants after Brexit, but also PhDs

By Jon Van Housen & Mariella Radaelli The populist wave that pulled Britain from the European Union could have been a reaction to perceived forced immigration and overregulation by the European bloc, but it isn’t only asylum seekers who will be absent from the UK once the split is final. …

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Facilitating and Felicitating Corruption!

By Syed M. Aslam Just how interested are the unscrupulous ruling elites want to facilitate and felicitate corruption is obvious from the feelers they are incessantly popping out to make the people convince just how outdated and horrendous are Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution that make “honesty” and …

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Political lessons from Harvey

By Christian Caryl We’ve been hearing for years now that Americans are fixated on their tribal divisions. They have nothing in common any more, we’re told. The old civic spirit that once so impressed foreign visitors is gone, eroded by echo chambers and social media navel-gazing and geographic self-selection. Americans …

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