Category Archives: Qatar

Qatar and the GCC rift

Here are three interesting pieces about the recent crisis in the Gulf, which I like to share with you.  First: Bilal Saab, Foreign Affairs  “The dispute between GCC members had been simmering for a while, and it was only a … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest. December 2013 Part II

Iran British envoy to visit Iran for first time in two years Iran ready to discuss island dispute with UAE Iran’s Zarif stretches Gulf trip to include UAE Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power: Chuck Hagel Hassan Rouhani … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: November Edition

This is my second monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering  the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find useful. Main Headlines  Iran Iran FM Zarif outlines ideas to exit nuclear dispute Hard bargaining in Geneva on Iran nuclear … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest: October Edition

This is a monthly selection of news, reports, and articles covering the Middle East (except Egypt). I hope you find it useful.  Syria Chemical experts  begin destroying Syria’s weapons arsenal UN urges immediate humanitarian access to Syria Syria wins cautious … Continue reading

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Egypt’s ‘Daily Show’ has provoked the worst in Islamist ideology

(Photo: YouTube Screengrab) This piece initially published in The Globe and Mail Many Egyptians still remember the eagerly awaited speeches of presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat, and the intense debate that usually followed. Nowadays the eagerness and the … Continue reading

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Escalation in Gaza: Update 1

In a previously undeclared summit, on Saturday Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi will meet Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cairo to discuss ways to manage the Gaza crisis. Sources … Continue reading

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Qatar and Gaza between Perception and Reality

Image credit AFP In politics, perception is reality, a simple basic rule that is hard to evade or abolish. No country understands that concept better than Qatar. The monarchy, with wide ambitions that defy both history and geography, is working … Continue reading

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