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Playing US Sanctions: China Walks a Fine Line in Iran

Beijing (AMN) – Chinese businessman Sheng Kuan Li didn’t worry about sanctions when he decided in 2010 to invest $200 million in a steel mill in Iran that started producing ingots and billet within months of the lifting of punitive measures against the Islamic republic as part of 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran. With no operations […]

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Qatar Says Second UAE Military Plane Violated its Airspace

Doha (MEE) – A second United Arab Emirates military jet has violated Qatar’s airspace, the Gulf state said on Saturday, prompting Doha to send a new complaint to the United Nations. The plane was traveling from the UAE to Bahrain on 3 January when it flew over Qatar’s special economic zone “without prior authorization,” the foreign ministry said […]

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Why Did Sudan Close Their Border with Eritrea?

Khartoum (GPA) – Sudan closed their border with Eritrea as long-standing tensions with Egypt begin to flare up. Ongoing disputes over territory and resources, as well as Sudan’s relations with Turkey, triggered the dispute. On January 6th Sudan shut their border with Eritrea after fortifying it with thousands of troops. The closure comes off the […]

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Qatari Wahhabism vs. Saudi Wahhabism & the Perils of Top-down Change

Doha (AMN) – A multi-domed, sand-colored, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming six years ago after an eighteenth-century Islamic scholar, Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of one of Islam’s most puritan strands, raised eyebrows, sparked controversy, and has since become an episode […]

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Qatar Leader Plans to Attend GCC Summit Amid Boycott

Doha (MEE) – Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) this coming week, Doha’s foreign minister said on Sunday. Speaking at a forum, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar’s leader has accepted the invitation to attend, amid the region’s worst political crisis in years. “I will […]

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Gulf Crisis Creates Opportunity for Asian Nations

Doha (AMN) – The rift between the Gulf countries and Qatar has created a space for Asian countries to step in to engage with the small peninsular state. There’s a silver lining for Asian countries in the six-month-old crisis in the Gulf that pits a UAE-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar. That is as long as Saudi […]

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