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Opinion | Have We Reshaped Middle East Politics or Started to Mimic It?

On a 2005 trip to Iraq, I wrote a column about spending a night on the U.S.S. Chosin, which commanded the U.S. Navy task force off the coast of Iraq. There I interviewed Mustapha Ahansal, a Moroccan American sailor who acted as the Chosin’s Arabic translator when it stopped ships suspected of carrying pirates or other hostile actors. “The first time I boarded a boat,” he told me, “we had…
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Biden won’t be able to pull US forces from Middle East – ex-Mossad chief

The US will not be able to leave the Middle East even if this is the stated goal of the Biden administration, because Middle East events and crises have a mind of their own, according to former Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit. “The Middle East will not let you leave,” he said. Shavit’s view was contrasted on a panel with three other former intelligence chiefs, who debated the impact of the…
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The Middle East IPO market is suddenly abuzz with activity

The Middle East IPO market is poised to come alive with a flurry of listings that are helping Abu Dhabi close in on regional leader Riyadh. By Shaji MathewBloomberg 7 Sep 2021 The Middle East IPO market has suddenly come alive with a clutch of listings that are set to raise billions of dollars, with Abu Dhabi starting to catch up with regional leader Riyadh. The listings in Abu Dhabi…
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No cashiers, please: Futuristic supermarket opens in Mideast

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East on Monday got its first completely automated cashier-less store, as retail giant Carrefour rolled out its vision for the future of the industry in a cavernous Dubai mall. Like Amazon’s breakthrough unmanned grocery stores that opened in 2018, the Carrefour mini-market looks like any ordinary convenience store, brimming with sodas and snacks, tucked between sprawling storefronts of this city-state. But hidden…
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Analysis: The Taliban’s return has plunged the Middle East into uncharted waters

In 2001, the fall of the Taliban was the first major milestone in America’s so-called “war on terror” that ultimately transformed both the country and the Middle East. Twenty years later, the group’s return to power in Kabul has thrust the region, still limping from the unspeakable damage of that war, into uncharted waters. If the US invasion of Afghanistan prompted intensified American intervention in the Middle East, then its…
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Woke history hits Middle East as Palestinians accused of erasing history

Palestinian leaders and their western supporters on the political Left are now re-interpreting biblical history amid a wider expansion of woke activism in the Middle East, critics say. The Palestinian Authority (PA), emboldened by some in Europe and United Nations bodies, are looking to dismantle Judeo-Christian ties to the Holy Land as they seek to invent a new narrative favoring their claims on the region, opponents of the campaign argue.…
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The Middle East is running out of water

“People would come here for swimming and would use the mud for therapeutic purposes. They would stay here at least for a few days,” said Ahad Ahmed, a journalist in the former port town of Sharafkhaneh as he showed CNN photos of people enjoying the lake in 1995. Lake Urmia’s demise has been fast. It has more than halved in size — from 5,400 square kilometers (2,085 square miles) in…
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John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Will Explain the Middle East to You Now

Pompeo (yellow tie, glower) and Bolton (’stache). Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images If the pundits who claimed that Trump-era Republicans would be ostracized were right, Will Hurd must have gotten out before the stench became unwashable. When he left politics in January 2020, the ex-CIA operative was the last Black representative in the House GOP caucus, and the second-to-last Black Republican member of Congress altogether. (Two more Black representatives…
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There was, perhaps, only one way to destroy the Taliban

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US warns Middle East allies not to give China a military base

President Joe Biden’s administration is attempting to block China’s efforts to establish a military base in the Middle East by warning regional powers that such a partnership with Beijing would jeopardize their security relationship with the United States. “There are certain categories of cooperation with the PRC that we cannot live with,” the State Department’s Mira Resnick, a deputy assistant secretary in the bureau of political-military affairs, told a Senate…
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