Iran operating new advanced centrifuges, nuclear watchdog finds

There's so much focus on Iran and what it is likely to do with its nuclear programme. Will it continue and expand it or will it dismantle it . According to an International Atomic Energy Agency report, Iran is now using IR-4 centrifuges to enrich uranium in violation of the nuclear accord. Mar 17, 2021 from Al Monitor  Iran is now enriching ur...
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COVID accelerates evolution of Gulf economies

The economic policy response to COVID-19 is an acceleration of specific trends already underway across the Gulf Cooperation Council members, variously affecting tax policy, labour market regulation and immigration policy. Mar 16, 2021 By Karen Young for Al Monitor Like many countries across emerging markets, the plan for economic recovery from the ...
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The GCC's changing role and the challenges of the region's geopolitical conflict

Ahmad Abdel- Rahman explains how changing geopolitics in the Gulf region impacts developments in the region and beyond. The Al-Ula Summit, which was held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)in January opened a new chapter of geopolitics in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Openness and reconciliation were hallmarks of the summit of the six countr...
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Strong signals and the geopolitical considerations of Sisi's visit to Sudan

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has met with the head of Sudanese Sovereignty Council,  Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains what the meeting means for the region.  The visit of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Sudan on March 6 and his meeting with the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah...
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How AI can help you to invest in clean energy

The Story of "ADAM"  This article talks about  "ADAM" Artificial Intelligence. "ADAM" aims to make it possible for most people to invest in Clean Energy. Mohamad Kharkan, PhD and Soheil Servati, PhD explain. During the last three centuries, apart from the political revolutions, three major developments have taken place in the world, the I...
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Human rights come under scrutiny again in Qatar

It is rare for foreign workers to be treated well in the Gulf States. The region is rife with stories of poor living and working conditions, with all workers having their passports taken by their employees, which effectively makes these workers "slaves". They may not get paid. That is not unusual. As an ex-pat financial journalist, I had my passpor...
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COVID-19 will prolong the Middle East conflict

This article, written exclusively for LCD by Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, talks about the impact of COVID-19 on conflicts in the region. The new coronavirus (COVID-19) came at a very bad time for the Middle East. Since the US-led coalition defeated ISIS, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has struggled to achieve lasting peace. Most of the region is st...
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Geopolitical tensions inflame the Middle East economy

This article, written exclusively for LDC by Ahmad Abdel-Rahman, explains some of the tensions in the Middle East and the repercussions for the global economy. Last year  w itnessed many hot events and  a number of  global challenges which led to negative economic effects globally. However,  2020 came with the expectation t...
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Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce Inauguration

The Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce recently was inaugurated. One of our correspondents, Muhamed Riyaz, was there to see first hand what was happening. PRESS RELEASE OPENING OF ASIAN ARAB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE February 17, 2021 Hotel Residency Towers, Chennai FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LAUNCHING OF ASIAN ARAB SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE IN CHENNAI, India The ASI...
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Missing persons in the UAE: where are they?

There has been much speculation of what has happened to some people in the UAE, especially Princess Latifa, one of Sheikh Mohamed's 25 children. She has now been reported missing, according to the latest videos from the BBC. For those who have lived in the UAE, this is not surprising. There are also concerns about how the Palestinians are coping in...
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MFAT approved exports for military equipment to Saudi Arabia's forces

10:46 am on 15 February 2021 The New Zealand Government continues to be under fire for its activities in Saudi Arabia- and, in my opinion, rightly so. Should NZ be more cognisant with what is happening in the Middle East? Is pleading ignorance about deals done in the Middle East by the government and government-backed entities good enough? Has the ...
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Air NZ CEO can't rule out other controversial military contracts

New Zealand companies seem to have had little to do with the Middle East and rarely seem to be involved in any controversy. This has all changed. Now the country's national carrier, Air New Zealand, which was bailed out by the NZ government last year because of the Covid-19 crisis which meant that international travel almost ground to a halt, is ac...
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UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report

The UAE has been in the news a great deal recently, firstly over its handling of COVID-19 which has increased exponentially over the last couple of weeks - maybe as the result of UK tourists- and secondly, because of the "normalization" of relations with Israel. The most recent article is about spying, particularly in the UAE. Yes, it does happen. ...
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Qatar pays for Hamas' survival

The UAE has "normalized" relations with Israel. But what does that mean? What are the advantages for the UAE? Qatar has not "normalized' relations. Instead, it is donating more money to the Palestinians – USD 360m - to go towards paying salaries, paying for electricity and alleviating poverty. This article from AP explains what is happening. The Qa...
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The geopolitical importance of the Middle East

In this article, Ahmad Abdel-Rahman, discusses the geopolitics of the Middle East. The Middle East region occupies a strategic position in the global system, so that it seems that there is no place in the world equal to the importance of this region. Based on this fact, the geopolitical importance of the Middle East clearly emerges. However, in ord...
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Geopolitical dimensions of energy conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean

In this article, Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, writing exclusively for LDC, discusses how energy finds in the Levantine Basin will affect geopolitics in the Middle East and beyond. The Turkish expansion towards Libya and the start of exploration for energy sources shed light on the potential geopolitical dimensions of energy and influence conflicts in the Me...
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Five New Trends of Future Governments

In this article, the UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohammed Al Gergawi, outlines what he believes are the five new trends of future governments. He states that "the world will enter a new phase that will challenge many beliefs and convictions and introduce new rules on both the economic and social fronts. Governments will need to understand the ...
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Is Dubai really the "party capital" of the Middle East?

There's been a lot written about Dubai being the party capital of the Middle East, especially in the UK's Daily Mail. C-List celebs were jetting off to the so-called party city because they could live life fairly much as "normal". As far as the C-list celebs from the UK were concerned there was easy travel at that stage, since there was an "open" c...
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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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