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The Arab-Israeli alliance and turning resistance movements into terrorism

I am neither a supporter of Qatar nor do I take joy in its misfortune. I am also not a supporter of “diagnosing” major political issues and differences, but the recent measures taken by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar indicates two things. First, Saudi Arabia has gained strength from Trump’s presidency and has tried to dominate the control of the so-called “Sunni axis” with no competition. The competition I am referring to here is Turkey, not Qatar, and this is in light of the mandate that Saudi Arabia gave itself in the festivals welcoming Trump, during which it rallied an unprecedented majority of Gulf, Arab and Muslim leaders to pledge allegiance to it and Trump. Second, […]


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US envoy to Qatar to step down in midst of crisis

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DOHA: The US ambassador to Qatar said Tuesday she is leaving her post in Doha, in the midst of the worst diplomatic crisis involving America’s Gulf allies in years.
“This month, I end my 3 years as US Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honor of my life and I’ll miss this great country,” Dana Shell Smith said on Twitter on Tuesday.
Shell Smith did not say why she was stepping down, if she was staying within the diplomatic service or who would replace her.
Many US ambassadors leave their posts after serving around three years.
Her departure comes with Washington sending mixed signals over the Gulf crisis, which saw Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar claiming that Doha supported extremist groups.
Qatar strongly rejects the allegations.
US President Donald Trump has signalled his support for the Saudi-led move but other US officials have been more cautious and called for dialogue to end the crisis.
Shell Smith was appointed ambassador to the Gulf emirate by Barack Obama in 2014.
Last month she appeared to express dissatisfaction with political events back home in another message posted on social media.
She took to Twitter in the hours after Trump’s dramatic sacking of FBI director James Comey, tweeting: “Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.”
Qatar is home to Al-Udeid, the largest US airbase in the region, which houses around 10,000 troops.

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GE, Baker Hughes Get Green Light for Merger

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has given the go-ahead to a proposed merger between GE’s oil and gas business division and Baker Hughes that will create an oilfield service company bigger than Halliburton, second only to Schlumberger. The DOJ granted its approval in exchange for GE agreeing to sell its GE Water & Process Technologies unit. GE arranged to part with GE Water earlier this year, inking a deal with French Suez to sell it for US$3.4 billion. The merger has already been cleared by the European Commission as well, unconditionally.…





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Oil Prices Retreat On Rising OPEC Output In May

Oil prices reversed earlier gains and drifted lower in early morning trade on Tuesday, after OPEC said that its crude oil production in May rose—despite the output cut deal—on the back of a rebound in exempt Libya and Nigeria, and higher output from Iraq. As of 8:46am ET, front-month WTI Crude oil futures traded down 0.52 percent at US$45.84, after opening at US$46.01. Brent Crude was down 0.37 percent at US$46.01, compared to US$48.32 at opening. According to secondary sources, OPEC’s crude oil production in May increased…


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Germany: Improved security in Egypt revived tourism

The improved security situation in Egypt after years of turmoil and attacks by Islamic militants has contributed to the revival of tourism from Germany, Berlin’s Economy Minister, Brigitte Zypries, said. Speaking during a joint press conference with Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, in Berlin, the minister said that “security alone does not promote a vibrant and flourishing society”. “We believe that stability and growth must be connected with an open society, with open dialogue, with the rule of law and religious pluralism,” she added. Read: Egypt’s parliament debates banning Western names The Egyptian economy has been suffering after years of political turmoil and violence since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Al-Sisi said Egypt was keen to […]


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Algeria TV normalises violence against women

Images and speeches contained in programmes broadcast by certain Algerian television channels “publicly incites violence against women”, the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) has warned. The group called for measures to be taken in Algeria to put an end to such imagery, a statement said yesterday. The CNDH criticised the fact that “programmes by certain television channels that are supposed to be entertainment, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, undermine the dignity of women and publicly incite adults and children alike through images and speeches.” Many popular programmes broadcasted during Ramadan usually have hidden camera shows where women are repeatedly hit by individuals forced in artificial situations to react. The act of hitting is usually accompanied by comical […]


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Right-wing Israeli MK: ‘Palestinians were here before Jews’

A right-wing member of Israel’s Knesset has recognised that Palestinians existed on land now occupied by Israel before Jews came to the country. In the first statement of its kind issued by a right-wing leader, United Torah Judaism party Member, Moshe Gafni, said: Israel has no right to negotiate with the Palestinians because they were here before it and the Jews drove them out of their land. “The important thing is for Israel to be a Jewish state. Apart from that, we have no right to conduct negotiations with the Palestinians because they were here before us and we expelled them from here,” Arutz Sheva reported him saying. Read: Knesset calls for permanent annexation of West Bank