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Investigation: The slave trade for Nepalese women being trafficked to the Gulf has overtaken trafficking for India's sex trade, finds Pramod Acharya.

High tensions and ongoing trade war between US and China has shaken the global economy. The Middle East could become one of the main battlefields between them, writes Stasa Salacanin.

Gulf states using Israeli spyware to target activists, minorities

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Gulf states using Israeli spyware to target activists, minorities

Israeli-made spyware is being used by Gulf states to crack down on dissidents, a new report by Citizen Lab has revealed.

Former Qatar premier says Saudi crown prince 'dangerously misguided'

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Former Qatar premier says Saudi crown prince 'dangerously misguided'

Qatar's former prime minister has said the powerful Saudi crown prince has been badly advised by his close ally the UAE, leading to dangerous ...

Rentier Islamism: Politics and religion in Arab Gulf societies

Andrew Leber

Rentier Islamism: Politics and religion in Arab Gulf societies

Book review: Courtney Freer's timely offering provides important new insights into political Islam in the Gulf, and the region's current schism, ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Britain drifts towards repressive regimes as no-deal Brexit looms

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel jostle for position at the top of the Conservative government's list of ideal trading partners, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

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Qatar attends top GCC military meeting in Kuwait

Qatar's chief-of-staff has attended the first meeting of the Gulf's army chiefs in Kuwait since the start of the worst political crisis to hit ...

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Saudi Arabia, UAE to shoot up GCC military spending

A spike in military spending by Saudi Arabia and the UAE would result in an expected $100 billion to be spent on defence by the GCC in ...

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Qatar becomes first GCC state offering expats permanent residence

In a landmark move to improve workers' rights, Qatar said it would grant up to 100 permanent residencies to non-GCC expats a year.

Middle East's significant double-digit growth in airline passengers

Alex Macheras

Middle East's significant double-digit growth in airline passengers

Middle Eastern airlines are continuing to take the market share from international rivals, so long as global air passenger demand continues to ...

Robert Springborg

Egypt: The debt crisis no one is talking about

Comment: Sisi may be hoping for a quiet bailout, but there are no quick fixes for Egypt's mammoth debt crisis, writes Robert Springborg.

Nuclear energy: Necessity or geopolitical status symbol?

Stasa Salacanin

Nuclear energy: Necessity or geopolitical status symbol?

Despite political and security issues in the region and potential environmental hazards, many Arab states are rapidly moving towards nuclear ...

Bahrain to stop issuing visas for Qataris: state news

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Bahrain to stop issuing visas for Qataris: state news

Manama said that those already in possession of work or student visas would not be affected by the new policy.

'Arab NATO would be a disaster for democracy

Sam Hamad

'Arab NATO would be a disaster for democracy

Comment: An 'Arab NATO' would represent the final nail in the coffin for the region's wave of Arab revolutions, writes Sam Hamad.

Russia's emerging rapport with Gulf state monarchies

Stasa Salacanin

Russia's emerging rapport with Gulf state monarchies

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are now looking to Russia for security partnerships as well as economic cooperation, writes Stasa Salacanin.

Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui

Imran Khan: The changing face of Pakistan's Gulf relations

Comment: Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan hopes to avoid taking sides in the divisive politics of the Gulf region, but that's no easy task, writes Fazzur Rahman.

Paul McLoughlin

Oman and Kuwait go gently into Saudi-Canada dispute

Oman became the latest Gulf country to back Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic dispute with Canada, but used carefully guarded words.

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UAE lodges memo denying racial discrimination against Qataris

The UAE has lodged a memo insisting it did not racially discriminate against Qataris after it joined the Saudi-led boycott of Qatar in 2017.

Paul Iddon

An 'Arab NATO' against Iran: easier said than done

Analysis: The GCC is fractured, Oman has a legacy of neutrality and Qatar is under siege by other Gulf nations. Trump's bid to unite ...

Canada 'seriously concerned' over Riyadh decision to expel ambassador

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Canada 'seriously concerned' over Riyadh decision to expel ambassador

Canada said it is 'seriously concerned' after Saudi Arabia announced the expulsion of its ambassador after raising human rights concerns.

Elisabeth Siegel

Trump's trade war sees Chinese gains in the Gulf

Comment: The UAE and China have found love in the middle of a trade war, writes Elisabeth Siegel.

'Arab NATO': Trump pursuing regional alliance to confront Iran

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'Arab NATO': Trump pursuing regional alliance to confront Iran

Washington is reviving plans to develop a pan-Arab military force to counter growing Iranian influence, which may also be a step to GCC ...

Qatar, US plan 'expansion' of Al-Udeid airbase

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Qatar, US plan 'expansion' of Al-Udeid airbase

Qatari state media confirmed plans to expand al-Udeid airbase, the biggest military facility used by Washington in the Gulf as it battles ...

US wants to 'build momentum' for Gulf crisis summit

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US wants to 'build momentum' for Gulf crisis summit

US charge d'affaires to Qatar, Ryan Gliha said his country wants to ”build momentum towards resolving the Gulf crisis.

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