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UAE Lobbied US to Sack Tillerson for Backing Qatar, Leaked Emails Show

Dubai (MEE) – Leaked emails obtained by the BBC on Monday show that the UAE lobbied the US to sack Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for failing to side with the Emirates in its struggle against Qatar. The sender of the emails, Elliott Broidy, owns a private security company that has contracts with the UAE worth hundreds […]

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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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Twitter feud: UAE diplomat says Arabs won’t be led by Turkey

Abu Dhabi (MEE) – A senior UAE diplomat said on Wednesday that the Arab world would not be led by Turkey, the Gulf state’s first comment on Ankara since a quarrel broke out last week over a retweet by the Emirati foreign minister that President Tayyip Erdogan called an insult. Anwar Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs […]

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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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Updated: The World Responds to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Palestine (GPA) – Yesterday, Donald Trump officially recognized al-Quds as the capital of “Israel” and the world has responded. The world is outraged at the decision by the Trump regime to change the designation of ‘Jerusalem’ by officially recognizing the city as the capital of Israel. Below is a collection of the best statements from […]

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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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Iran, Turkey, and Qatar Sign Major Transportation Deal to Boost Trade

Tehran (GPA) – Iran, Turkey, and Qatar signed the final agreement on Sunday hoping to increase trade between the three nations. This new transportation package was announced yesterday from a meeting in Tehran between the Economic Ministers for Iran (Mohammad Shariatmadari), Turkey (Nihat Zeybekci), and Qatar (Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani). This announcement was preceded by several […]

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Saudis and Kuwait Call on All Citizens to Leave Lebanon Immediately

Beirut (GPA) – The Saudi government has asked all of their citizens to leave Lebanon immediately causing concern that a war is imminent. The latest development in the Saudi debacle has come in the form of an announcement by the kingdom’s Foreign Ministry through the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). According to the statement, an “official […]

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Gulf Princes Waste Millions Even With Peninsula in Crisis

Submitted By Damir Nazarov Riyadh (MP) – The news of Qatar’s blockade started regularly popping up along with the events in Syria and Iraq. The imagery of the citizens buying food flew around the world. It became known that Iran, together with Turkey, set up a committee on humanitarian aid to the Arab country of the Gulf. The […]

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