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Independent Kurdistan cannot exist without Turkey's blessing

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Independent Kurdistan cannot exist without Turkey's blessing

Comment: With the economy in Iraqi Kurdistan almost entirely dominated by Turkish produce, businesses and oil exportation facilities, there can be no independence without Ankara's approval, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

The heart of Lebanon's rural darkness

Bassel Salloukh

The heart of Lebanon's rural darkness

Comment: Chronically neglected, Lebanon's rural areas could hold the key to the country's economic development, but dreary prospects mean young ...

France's colonial narrative no longer stands up

Warda Mohamed

France's colonial narrative no longer stands up

Comment: The reality of France's colonial exploits in Algeria runs contrary to its claims of being a country of reason, democracy and human ...

What next for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi?

Guma El-Gamaty

What next for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi?

Comment: Was Saif al-Islam Gaddafi really released recently? If so, what ...

Laura Wellesley

Choking trade: Gulf crisis reveals food supply risk

Comment: The recent Gulf spat reveals how vulnerable Qatar's food supply is. The system must become more diversified and resilient, write Laura Wellesley and Neil Quilliam, of Chatham House.

Marcus Montgomery

Who is Trump sharing spy tool intelligence with?

Comment: How intelligence sharing operates and what, if any, intelligence Trump might provide to his autocratic US allies in the region, is of utmost concern, writes Marcus Montgomery.

James Brownsell

Our Saudi-UAE ban is a badge of honour

Having them approve of us would be one, writes Managing Editor James Brownsell.

Saudi-UAE demands challenge the fundamentals of international relations

James M. Dorsey

Saudi-UAE demands challenge the fundamentals of international relations

Comment: The Saudi-UAE list of demands would effectively place Qatar under guardianship, and undermine the principle of freedom of expression ...

Ambitious bin Salman will face trial by fire

Barak Barfi

Ambitious bin Salman will face trial by fire

Comment: Both at home and abroad the challenges facing bin Salman will be huge. It is unlikely he will succeed where more experienced hands did not, writes Barak Barfi.

Ruqaya Izzidien

Praying while female: Why I'm calling for women-only mosques

Comment: Women are overwhelmingly unwelcome in our own mosques, the time has come for dedicated mosques for women, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Mosul's destroyed Grand Nuri Mosque: Perfect for IS propaganda

Comment: The symbolism of the destruction of the Grand Nuri Mosque in Mosul will act as a lightning rod for extremists to reinvigorate the simmering sectarian war, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing dissatisfaction a Herculean task, writes Robert Springborg.