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Sports, politics and history in the Gulf

I was surprised when I went to Qatar for the first time in the late 1990s to do research. It was a small country and its relations with the world were largely based on oil trade. However, the hottest topic everywhere was sports. At first, I had inter... more

A response to Haaretz: Jews and Ottomans in Jerusalem

In the early months of last year, Israel wanted to collect tax from the businesses of churches in Jerusalem. Perhaps for the first time in history, numerous churches, and primarily Kamame Church, closed its doors of worship in protest of this decisio... more

The Arab league, the US, and Israel

The Arab League Economic and Social Development summit, which was held yesterday in Beirut, started with the absence of Arab leaders. Only three leaders participated in this summit: Lebanon’s president, who was the host, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim and ... more

What does the US want in exchange for the YPG terror group?

The discussions that started with U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration that the U.S. will withdraw from Syria also determined the agenda for 2019. According to some, Trump violated the tradition of decision-making mechanisms, and he is damaging ... more

Turkestan! Is everything a big fat lie?

China, which is the most crowded country in the world and has the second largest economy and is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has been accused of serious crimes for the last six months. The possibility that China, which i... more

​Middle East agenda in 2019

The New World Order that was established after the old one wore out and frayed within a century. As a matter of fact, it became useless. This reality was realized in early 2018 not only by condemned and oppressed communities, but also by the powerful... more

​Is this the beginning of a new Arab Spring in Sudan?

Sudan, the beautiful country of Africa where the Blue Nile and White Nile merges and surrounds it like a necklace, is going through hard days. The street movements which started in the Western parts of the country around the middle of last week has s... more

Nothing new in the Gulf

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit was held Sunday, Dec. 8, in Riyadh under the shadow of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, the Qatar blockade which has been ongoing since June 2017, and the Yemen War in which millions are facing deat... more

What does Qatar's withdrawal from OPEC signify?

Making a surprise decision, Qatar announced that it will be withdrawing from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as of January 2019. Qatar leaving OPEC, the club of oil producing countries, has led to several discussions. As ... more

The G20 summit’s favorite guest is Saudi Arabia

How the G20 summit taking place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 “is going to unfold this year” is a matter of great curiosity. Because Saudi Arabia which has been the guest of honor of this summit, is going to attend under the shadow of two incidents that too... more

New plans in the Middle East 100 years after World War I

Although there is no consensus on its definition, there have been numerous projects regarding the geography of the Middle East in the past century. Almost all developed, developing or underdeveloped countries, war barons, and finally diplomats have t... more

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