• Analysis: Afghanistan currency market shaked by Taliban regulations

    Despite their claims, the Taliban have declined to make progress in rebuilding political and economic stability in Afghanistan after 9 months of assumption of power. Afghanistan is immersed in a critical economic situation as its dealings with the outside world have decreased following Taliban takeover in August 2021.

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  • Analysis: Al-Sadr’s "opposition role" initiative can complicate political crisis further

    While Iraq now passed seventh month after the parliamentary elections, Muqtada al-Sadr continues to bring surprises the complicated political process in the country. Over the past few months he proposed forming the national majority government, gave 40-day deadline to the rival Shiite Coordination Framework (SCF) to form a new cabinet, and also gave the independent lawmakers two weeks to form government with his assistance.

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  • Analysis: Lebanon vote results positive to Hezbollah and Amal, Resistance retained position

    The Lebanese interior ministry announced the final parliamentary elections on Tuesday, saying that the turnout rate was 41 percent. According to the results, Hezbollah and Amal movement won 31 seats, Samir Geagea-led Lebanese Forces 20 seats, Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) led by Gebran Bassil 18 seats, and Progressive Socialist Party led by Taymur Jumblatt 9 seats. The Lebanese civil community's forces together won 12 seats.

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  • Analysis: Aljazeera correspondent’s killing brought to surface Inter-Arab gaps

    The killing of the veteran Aljazeera journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh by the Israeli fire in Jenin Camp in cold blood drew international reactions to this apparently criminal act. Meanwhile, the Arab countries advocating the normalization with the Israeli regime did not raise their voice in condemnation along with the international community either in support of rights of the journalists or rights of the Palestinian people.

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  • Analysis: What are challenges caused by Iraqi political stalemate?

    Another negative implication of the political stalemate in Iraq is the suspension of agenda pursuing expulsion of the American troops. In late last year, the government of PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi announced that the last American troops already withdrew from Iraq but after five months from 2022, the occupation forces still exist on the Iraqi soil and even conduct operations.

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  • Analysis: Iraq, big illegal arms market

    Recent tribal clashes in Iraqi Maysan province brought back focus on large amounts of illegal arms in the Iraq society. Armed clashes caused by tribal differences is a matter of long history in various Iraqi provinces, always killing and wounding people.

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  • Analysis: Will independents join Sadr-led coalition?

    A key principle in pragmatic politics suggests that "the validity of any political doctrine depends, to a large extent, on the success of that doctrine when it is actually implemented. In this view, to achieve the desired result, the decision makers should look realistically at the political situation; that is, reality as it is and not as it should be.

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  • Analysis: Iran-China relations, military cooperation outlook

    The April 27 visit of the Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe to Iran drew considerable reactions from various media outlets and strategic and military studies circles. During the talks with the Iranian officials, the point of focus was upgrading the scientific and military partnership.

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  • Analysis: Iraq, future threats posed by water crisis

    These days, the draining of Sawa Lake in Al Muthanna province in southern Iraq has once again brought to spotlight the water crisis in this country. The increasing concern about the water crisis is coming while over the past weeks the dust storms across the country have been raising the Turkish dam construction projects as a crucial threat to the future of life in many regions of Iraq.

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  • Analysis: Riyadh may flood Pakistan with cash for nuclear technology transfer

    Saudi Arabia, a country that over the past decade has been giving away its petrodollars to the other Muslim countries to advance its plans in the region, is now focusing on the new Pakistani government. Shahbaz Sharif who recently assumed the prime minister post in Islamabad chose Riyadh his first foreign destination as a PM hoping that he persuades the Saudis for fundings to his country.

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  • Analysis: Focusing on Quds day in Iran, other Muslim states

    Like every year, millions in Iran and hundreds of thousands in the other Muslim countries marked the annual Quds Day in solidarity with the Palestinian nation and the resistance groups fighting bravely for liberation of Palestine. This year's Quds Day was more significant than before due to its massiveness and the fast-moving developments in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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  • Analysis: Football club deal meant to veil Bahraini regime’s black Human Rights record

    In recent years, there has been a trend represented by a willingness by the Arab countries to own foreign football clubs. The Al Khalifa rulers seem to be no exception as they like counterparts in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar are planning same possession. Recent reports suggest that Invest Corp Bahrain, a wealthy state company, has finalized a deal on acquisition of Italian A.C. Milan football club.

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  • Analysis: What consequences await Tel Aviv if new war breaks out?

    Amid mounting clashes between the Palestinians and the Israeli forces in the West Bank especially Jenin Camp, the provocative desecration of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli settlers and possible Flag Day march by them in the coming days have increased the tensions level to a peak ahead of the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan which marks the Quds Day.

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  • Analysis: Will new Pakistani PM’s Riyadh visit close cold chapter?

    After controversial ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 9 by the parliament, the political observers are expecting to see the aftershocks affecting the foreign, rather than internal, policy of Islamabad. By appointment of Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif, who leads the Muslim League party which holds close ties to the military, the review of the country's foreign policy more than any other thing is expected in the country.

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  • Analysis: New Palestinian Intifada pragmatic

    Tensions have been on the rise in the occupied Palestinian territories in recent weeks. On the one hand, the Israeli regime, as usual, has mounted its pressures and attacks on the Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank and on the other hand the Palestinian youths have been launching attacks in response to the daily crimes by the Israeli forces, grabbing the calm from the Israelis.

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  • Analysis: Ukraine war deepening Russian-Israeli geopolitical interests gap

    The Russian-Ukrainian war obviously demonstrated the geopolitical divergence of interests in Eastern Europe. It at the same time is an important and efficient tool to analyze the international dynamics of power in relation to many countries that are directly or indirectly involved in this conflict. One of the best examples is the West Asian political equations and the relations between Tel Aviv and Moscow.

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  • USA: Wasting taxpayers’ money on Iron Dumb

    How many times have we heard the sentence “the U.S. government is on the verge of shutdown?” Tons of times, we dare say From the 2008 economic crisis in Obama’s tenure –which was entirely George W. Bush’s fault!- to a wobbling Joe Biden who shakes hands with air after his speeches.

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