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Jan. 23, 2023

Sweden is frustrated with Turkiye. But the problem is in Washington…

But the problem, and solution, lies is in Washington…
Jan. 12, 2023

TikTokkers arrested in Jeddah, then released

A Saudi female TikToker and two friends danced in a street in Jeddah and uploaded the video. They were arrested for public indecency, but released. Let’s talk about how this aligns with the giant raves and ‘opening up’ of Vision 2030.
Jan. 11, 2023

Backlash in Washington over UAE role in Assad normalisation

But Abu Dhabi believes Biden’s options are limited…
Jan. 11, 2023

Bin Salman plans to invest $10 billion in Pakistan

But you can’t help feeling there is more to it than economic interest
Jan. 09, 2023

Sisi’s media launch scathing attack on Shaarawy’s legacy What happened?

Al-Sharawy was a religious superstar in the Arab and Muslim world. He had a unique, eccentric, and very charismatic style of preaching and story-telling that became exceptionally popular. Let’s talk about why his legacy is suddenly being called ‘regressive’ and ‘extremist’.
Jan. 07, 2023

Why are tensions sky-high between Morocco and Algeria?

Algeria’s President told Le Figaro: “with Morocco, it was either war or cut ties”. Let’s talk about why there is so much antagonism between the two neighbours.
Jan. 05, 2023

What is driving the UAE-Assad embrace?

UAE want to host Assad and Erdogan’s ‘reconciliation’ meeting in Abu Dhabi. But that is not the only reason UAE’s Foreign Minister went to Damascus.
Jan. 04, 2023

Qatar and UAE are supposedly reconciled. So why ‘Qatargate’?

Let’s talk about why Doha and Abu Dhabi are still swinging at each other in Europe and beyond despite officially ‘reconciling’.
Jan. 01, 2023

Why is the transition in Sudan taking so long?

Bashir’s regime fell in 2019. It is 2023 and there is still no agreement over elections. Let’s talk about why.
Dec. 25, 2022

So why did Saudi Arabia’s MBS still lavishly host China’s Xi?

Biden gave him immunity from prosecution in the US, and visited him in Jeddah to end his ‘pariah’ status. Let’s talk about why Saudi still hosted Xi.