What does the new Biden administration in the US mean for Palestine?

What does the new Biden administration mean for Palestine? Will it mean a change in direction? Or will things continue much the same as they are currently? Here's an opinion. A post-Trump Palestine Palestinians should stop hoping for change of policy in Washington and move forward with their struggle for freedom. Ahmed Abu Artema , for Al Jazeera 1...
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Israel's leaders now want the Arab vote

I read this article the other day and found it very enlightening. That being the case, I thought I would share it with you. It's about the Israeli Parliament and the impact the Arab vote will have. Until now, the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has tried to delegitimise the vote; now it is trying to court it. As this article by ...
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Gulf countries end the feud with Qatar: what does this mean for Hamas?

The feud between Qatar and the other Gulf companies, in particular Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is over. Saudi Arabia has agreed to open its airspace to Qatar and the Qatari ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived in Riyadh last week for the GCC conference and was greeted by Saudi's Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman...
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Yemen: reasons for a pending disaster

A humanitarian disaster is looming in Yemen. In a list of countries where crises are set to worsen, Yemen is ranked as number three, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The Civil War in Yemen started in 2014 and has been ongoing. Continued conflict, widespread hunger and a collapsing international aid response threaten to dramati...
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What to do if you are alone at Christmas

Lucia Dore and Carole Railton discuss the options you could consider if you are "home alone" this Christmas. This article first appeared for www.behaviouralshift.com. It's that time of year, again. But this time, instead of deciding what you want to do at Christmas, it is probably forced upon you. You may not be allowed to meet family and friends; ...
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Tunisia will not be seeking a "normalization" agreement with Israel, PM says

The last year has seen many machinations in the Middle East, not the least being the "normalization" of relations between Israel and some Arab countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco- brokered by then- President Trump's administration in the US. Oman is expected to be the next to reach "normal" relations with Israel....
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The importance of communication skills

I wrote an article entitled "Why great leaders are great communicators" (https://www.futureproofingcomms.co.uk/thelatest/fp2-ch26)four years ago for a UK public relations publication, Futureproof. It was brought to my attention again recently by the US-based Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) training center for ( https://inlpcenter.org) who had wr...
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Qatar helps Turkey: does Qatar benefit?

Qatar has used its deep pockets to influence Turkey. As someone who is interested in capital flows and investment, I was interested to read how cash-strapped Turkey is. In this regard, Qatar is helping. Cash-strapped Turkey relies on Qatari investments By Mustafa Sonmez for Al Monitor Dec 2, 2020 Scrambling to draw foreign investors to ease Turkey'...
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The assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist raises questions about the country's next move

There's been much discussion as to why Iran's top nuclear scientist was assassinated and which country was behind the attack. Israel is considered to be the main culprit with the backing of the US. What will it mean for the nuclear deal and for the entire Middle East region? This article discusses some of the reasons why the assassination happened....
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Iran takes legal action against the US

Iran has struggled to contain the spread of Covid-19 and has accused Washington of cutting off access to a life support system. Consequently, it is the hardest hit country in the Middle East. The latest figures show that the country has had 907,000 confirmed cases and 46,689 deaths, according to WHO. It was with great interest that I read that Iran...
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10 Growth Opportunities for Media and Entertainment Industry During the COVID-19 Crisis

This article looks at the intersection of COVID-19 with the media and entertainment industries. It is by Dr. Mohamed Abdulzaher, an academic and artificial intelligence journalism pioneer. He is based in Dubai. Media has played a major role over the last entire year in raising awareness of the pandemic, by reporting news, features and updates on 24...
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How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the Middle East

Transitioning between the Trump and Biden administrations in the US is not easy.  President Donald Trump refuses to concede to President-elect Joe Biden. Consequently, he has been trying to overturn election results, especially in key states such as Arizona, Georgia and Michigan, and resorting to all sorts of conspiracy theories. Most of his c...
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How I see Covid-19 from a place that is Covid -19 free

Lucia Dore writes about her experience living in a largely Covid-19 free country. While the rest of the world suffers, she feels she is living in a "bubble". The weather is also getting hotter. The world is in a turmoil. Most people are waiting for the world to return to "normal"- that is, the way we did things pre-Covid-19. So many people have sai...
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UNRWA cares for Palestinian refugees

This interview took place in 2017 when UNRWA was still funded by the US. It is no longer, as my previous blog explains. UNRWA is 100 per cent funded by donations (the largest donor was the US) followed by the EU, some other European countries, Japan, and to some extent Australia and some smaller countries. Lucia Dore writes. A case study of UNRWA w...
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How the USA makes UNRWA's work impossible

"A healthy land comes out of a healthy society. No job, no electricity and no water. Without these things we cannot reach a healthy society." These are the words of Dr Akihiro Seita on the humanitarian disaster in last year's Israeli-Gaza war. Dr Seita is Director of Health at United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). In a wide-ranging interv...
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Will Israel's Netanyahu ready for a Biden presidency?

By Ben Caspit for Al Monitor If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were eligible to vote in the United States, he would naturally and logically have voted for President Donald Trump and convinced all his acquaintances to do so, as well. On the other hand, one school of thought believes Netanyahu has squeezed all he can out of this US preside...
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Water: Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

I have been following the US elections, as most people have, so my interest in this article is not to do with the US elections, though it is US-related. It explores the very difficult and fraught relationship between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and the murky issue of water. CAIRO —Al Monitor- Three days after US President Donald Trump's statements a...
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Coronavirus- why life has changed forever.

Life has changed enormously in the past year for most of the world. People can't travel abroad; they can't meet other members of their families or friends, with the number of people allowed to meet being limited- to about six in some countries, like the UK. It's been interesting living in a part of the world where there are very few cases and where...
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Will US foreign policy change much if either the incumbent, President Donald Trump, or Joe Biden is elected?

Will US foreign policy change much if the incumbent, President Donald Trump, or Joe Biden is elected? Much has been written about the US election and whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will make a difference to how the US conducts its foreign policy with the Middle East, Iran in particular, especially since the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear ...
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What do the American elections mean for the Middle East?

The American elections have dominated international media for a number of months. But will the election of Donald Trump or Joe Biden make a great deal of difference for the Middle East? It may herald some change in the direction of policy, but not much. Donald Trump is clearly the preferred candidate in the UAE and Bahrain, hence the so-called "nor...
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