Regions: Near East

The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

NATO invites Finland, Sweden to join alliance

NATO officially invited Sweden and Finland to join its military alliance on Wednesday, a day after Turkey dropped its reservations over having the Nordic countries join the defense bloc. “It…

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

US, Iran nuclear talks end in Qatar without deal: reports

Indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal ended in Qatar on Wednesday without any breakthroughs, according to Iranian reports. The meetings in Doha were…

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Zelensky calls for UN to expel Russia, deem nation state sponsor of terrorism

Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelensky on Wednesday called for the United Nations to expel Russia from the international organization and deem the country a terrorist state after Russian forces bombed a…

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Republicans need independent voters — and a pragmatic new approach

As a lifelong Republican and political junkie, I have read for some time about the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, N.H. It has been serving all-day breakfasts since 1922 and…

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Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) | June 29, 2022

Lebanon: financial crisis or national collapse?

Lebanon is experiencing an economic and financial crisis that seems to have begun with the outbreak of major demonstrations in October 2019. During those three to four months, a population…

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The Arab Weekly | June 29, 2022

Khamenei admits corruption is pervasive in Iranian government

Iran is among the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking 150th out of 180 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2021.

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The Arab Weekly | June 29, 2022

World Bank lends Tunisia $130 million to cushion ‘grain supply shock’

The loan approved Wednesday aims to ensure “affordable bread for the poor, barley for livestock and agricultural inputs for domestic grain production,” the World Bank said.

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Mellman: The decline of SCOTUS

Radical justices are doing serious, possibly irrepealable damage to the Supreme Court on which they sit.   When the draft abortion opinion leaked, I wrote here that by “slapping two-thirds…

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The Hill, International | June 29, 2022

Biden announces plans to bolster US force presence in Europe

President Biden on Wednesday announced plans to bolster U.S. forces in Europe to defend “every inch” of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) territory amid a persistent threat from Russia.  …

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The Arab Weekly | June 29, 2022

Algeria jails ex-energy chief Chakib Khelil for 20 years

The officials were also charged with "granting undue privileges", abusing their positions and "concluding contracts in violation of laws and regulations", APS reported.

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Breaking Defense | June 29, 2022

New F-16s give Jordan’s air force a boost, but what comes next?

Promotional art for the F-16 Block 70 for Jordan. (Lockheed Martin.) BEIRUT: As Jordan’s leader publicly raised the idea of a Middle East NATO-like alliance, his Air Force has marked…

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The Arab Weekly | June 29, 2022

Spain warns of Russian presence in North Africa, advocates NATO pivot 'South'

Former NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana said that Russia’s  military campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country’s long civil war left it emboldened.

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The Arab Weekly | June 29, 2022

UAE national security adviser meets Qatar's emir in second visit

Abu Dhabi and Manama have not yet appointed ambassadors to Qatar, though travel and trade links between the UAE and Qatar have been restored.

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The Arab Weekly | June 29, 2022

Algeria’s failure in UN push for its diplomat as next Libya envoy highlights regional challenges

Boukadoum’s failure came despite his nomination to the post by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and is a repeat of events in 2020 when current Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, was nominated…

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Why the global inflation problem is bigger than US politics

Inflation may be the focus of a midterm cycle political blame game, but economists caution the problem — and the most effective solutions — are global.  Rising prices were a…

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Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) | June 29, 2022

TRAFIG Synthesis Report Understand the needs of displaced people and identify solutions that last

“To address the problems of protracted displacement we need to better understand the factors shaping these difficult situations for refugees and IDPs. People must then stand at the heart of…

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Observer Research Foundation (ORF) | June 29, 2022

Al Qaeda, Islamic State, and Targeted Online Propaganda Around India’s Domestic Political Discourse

Some recent comments made by party functionaries of the ruling Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) of India on Prophet Mohammed led to an unexpected diplomatic crisis between Islamic nations and New Delhi. More…

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Six takeaways on Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Defense & National Security — Former aide offers explosive Jan. 6 testimony

Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a surprise hearing on Tuesday.   We’ll break down everything she…

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The Hill, Columnists | June 29, 2022

Can Biden convince Saudis to see the Western position on Russia?

President Biden is traveling to Saudi Arabia in July in an effort to secure lower oil prices and improve the strategically vital relationship with the longstanding American ally. Time is…

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United Nations (UN) Americas | June 28, 2022

UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

The deaths of at least 23 migrants seeking to reach Spanish territory from Morocco should be investigated urgently by both countries, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, reacting also to…

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United Nations (UN) Middle East | June 28, 2022

Syria: Decade of brutal war left nearly 307,000 civilians dead

Between 1 March 2011 and 31 March 2021, 306,887 civilians were killed in the on-going war in Syria - the highest estimate yet of conflict-related deaths in the country, according…

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The Arab Weekly | June 28, 2022

Schlumberger will not apply for Iraqi Kurdistan oil tenders

Iraq's state news agency earlier reported that Schlumberger had decided to exit Iraqi Kurdistan but later corrected its story, dropping all mention of plans to exit, without elaborating.

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The Arab Weekly | June 28, 2022

Egypt can no longer depend on “hot money” for its budget

"We have to depend on FDI," said Maait. "We have to depend on improving our environment for investment. We have to depend on increasing private sector participation."

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The Arab Weekly | June 28, 2022

Macron warns Biden: Saudi Arabia, UAE can barely raise oil output

Saudi Arabia “can increase by 150 (thousands barrels per day). Maybe a little bit more," Macron said before being asked to continue discussions away from cameras. 

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