politics

Lebanon: The Guessing Game

The Levant holds its breath awaiting Donald Trump’s next move By Marlene Khalife There are two main priorities, which Lebanon expects the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tackle: eliminating Daesh, and freezing U.S. attempts to dismantle regimes in favor of creating a new map for this region; a process which his contender, Hillary Clinton, was

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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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Pakistan Information Minister Removed Over Newspaper Leak That Angered Army

By Asad Hashim and Sheree Sardar ISLAMABAD, Oct 29 – Pakistani Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has been removed from office over a newspaper leak that sparked a rift between the army and the government earlier this month, the prime minister’s office said on Saturday. Two sources from the Information Ministry told Reuters that Rashid had

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Arrests of Several Dual-National Iranians Could Be Politically Motivated

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, July 18 – Montreal academic Homa Hoodfar was preparing to return to Canada from Iran in March when agents from Iran’s powerful paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps raided her Tehran home and took her laptop, phone, books and passport, her family said. Over the course of the next three months, Hoodfar, an Iranian, Canadian

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Facebook Changes Policies on ‘Trending Topics’ After Criticism

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO, May 23 – Facebook Inc said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its “Trending Topics” section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias

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Three Indian Police Shot Dead in Kashmir Summer Capital

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, May 23 – Three Indian policemen were shot dead at point-blank range on Monday in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, in the first such attacks in almost three years, a senior police officer said. The attacks followed a weekend shootout in north Kashmir in which five militants

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Meet Conservatives on Political Bias Flap

May 15 – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg will meet this week with prominent conservatives in the media, a spokesman said on Sunday, to address allegations of political bias at the popular social networking site. Some 12 “conservative thought leaders” will join the meeting with Zuckerberg on Wednesday, a Facebook spokesman said. Among the invitees

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