November 12th Issue

All The Kings’ Men

“It is always good [to have] true men by your side,” wrote Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum on his Instagram page some five weeks ago under a photo from the battlefield in Yemen. The image shows the young leader, 26, standing next to Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, both in military fatigues.

Mansoor, a major in the United Arab Emirates’ air force, is the son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Dubai’s ruler and the UAE’s vice president and premier; while Nasser is a member of Bahrain’s royal family and the country’s Royal Guard commander. But there is nothing in the photo that differentiates them from the troops they fight alongside with in Yemen. (Read More)

November 12th issue

Gaza’s Stone Throwers

By Sami Abu Salem Young Palestinians, mainly teenagers, head to Beit Hanoun (Erez) border checkpoint north of Gaza every Friday to confront Israeli soldiers. At least 500 meters separate Palestinian groups from the advanced Israeli security line. As the groups grow larger and move closer to the checkpoint, chaos prevails. Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli

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Political Turmoil in Iraq: A Battle of Wills

A crisis between the Iraqi parliament and its prime minister looms large BY  Suadad Al Salhy WHEN the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi introduced his first package of administrative and fiscal reforms in August—including the removal of his predecessor, Nouri Al Maliki as vice president—he was betting that few would dare to oppose him. It

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India [Intolerance] Rising?

BY Zahir Janmohammed It was the best, and perhaps the last chance to thwart the spread of Hindu nationalism, which has tarnished Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s short tenure. Speaking a few days ahead of the elections in India’s critical state of Bihar, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a biographer of Modi, told Newsweek Middle East that if the

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Trouble in Tunisia: Security Breaches, Economic Slump & Political Divisions

BY Nicholas Noe After suffering two mass casualty terrorist attacks claimed by the group Daesh earlier this year, Tunisians understandably rejoiced when four local civil society groups were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, in recognition of their work supporting Tunisia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. Unfortunately, since then, things only seemed to

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