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The Turbulent World of Middle East · 12h ago

Trump’s chaos produces results: Gulf states upgrade ties to Israel

New York Times advertisementBy James M. DorseyA cornerstone of the Trump administration’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace, involving a restructuring of relations between erstwhile Midd...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2d ago

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

By James M. DorseyOptimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islami...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 4d ago

Saudi Crackdown on Dissent Wins Backing From Religious Body (JMD quoted on Bloomberg)

Saudi Crackdown on Dissent Wins Backing From Religious BodyBy 
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 5d ago

Rohingya plight feeds Muslim assertiveness

Source: FlickrBy James M. DorseyThe plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the Palestinians in...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 6d ago

Tackling the elephant in the room: the incestuous and inseparable relationship between sports and politics (JMD on Play The Game)

Tackling the elephant in the room: the incestuous and inseparable relationship between sports and politics Photo: seanknoflick/Flickr
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1w ago

Jihadist support for Rohingya puts Pakistan and China on the spot

By James M. DorseyA call for action to help Rohingya Muslims by prominent US Treasury-designated Pakistani militant Masood Azhar puts both Pakistan and China on the spot and raises the spect...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

PLIGHT OF MYANMAR’S ROHINGYA: MILITANT ISLAM’S NEXT RALLYING CALL? (JMD in SCMP)

PLIGHT OF MYANMAR’S ROHINGYA: MILITANT ISLAM’S NEXT RALLYING CALL?Calls for jihad in defence of the Muslim minority prompt fears of a second front against Islamic State-linked fighters in So...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier ripples far beyond the pitch

Source: The Secret Life of Syrian UltrasBy James M. DorseyA nail-biting Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier has sent political ripples far beyond the Azadi Stadium’s soccer pitch in Tehran. I...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

BRICS potentially strengthens Trumps hand in tackling Pakistani support of militants

By James M. DorseyPakistan, already furious and reeling from US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to sanction it for supporting militants, has been dealt a potential body blow out of left f...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

The Gulf crisis: Fighting it out down and dirty

Source: Middle East EyeBy James M. DorseyIn the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence, garnering soft power, and tryin...