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Middle East #5

  • Libya cease-fire
  • Sudan and terrorism list
  • Qatar and migrant workers
  • Morocco different from UAE
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Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu and Trump’s three-month race for Israeli-Arab history

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wear face masks after a joint news conference in Jerusalem, August 24, 2020. On Monday evening, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood in Jerusalem to tape his address to the Republican National Convention.At the same time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played a high-stakes political game with the Blue and White Party to ensure that his government survived past midnight.

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Associated Press

Libyan Commander Dismisses Rivals’ Cease-fire As ‘deception’

CAIRO: Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter on Sunday dismissed a cease-fire proposal by the U.N.-supported government as a deception, claiming that rival militias were preparing to attack the strategic city of Sirte.

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National Interest

Turkey’s New Gas Find in the Black Sea Won’t Save the Economy

Author: “In other words, what Erdoğan declares as a watershed moment if fulfilled, makes Turkey the equivalent in natural gas reserves to less than half of an Ohio.”

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The Guardian

US propose to remove Sudan from terrorism list for $330m compensation

The payment would go to victims of al-Qaida but has caused anger in the poverty-stricken country

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Al Jazeera

Black Sea gas strengthens Turkey’s hand in geopolitics

On Friday, August 21, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a sizeable natural gas field had been found off the Turkish Black Sea coast. The discovery of some 320 billion cubic metres (bcm) reserve is being hailed as a game-changer. “It is only the beginning,” presidential adviser and spokesman Ibrahim Kalin remarked. “We are very hopeful that it would lead to other fields in the same area.”

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Times of Israel

Qatar envoy arrives in Gaza with $30 million in cash seeking to placate Hamas

Palestinians receive financial aid from Qatar at a post office in Gaza City, November 27, 2019. (Hassan Jedi/Flash90)

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Human Rights Watch

Qatar: Little Progress on Protecting Migrant Workers

Qatari authorities’ efforts to protect migrant workers’ right to accurate and timely wages have largely proven unsuccessful, Human Rights Watch said in a report and an accompanying video released today. Despite a handful of reforms in recent years, withheld and unpaid salaries, as well as other wage abuses, are persistent and widespread across at least 60 employers and companies in Qatar.

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City AM

By ignoring the Civil War in Libya, the EU risks its stability – CityAM

The art of statecraft consists in large part of separating risks which cannot be tolerated from those which have to be lived with.

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ASPI Strategist

How radicals conquered Iran’s government

Millions of Iranians have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and an economy strained by sanctions, but the political elite in Tehran have other priorities.

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Times of India

Not The Same: Notwithstanding UAE-Israel deal, Morocco shows all Arab states can’t be clubbed together

Following the recent announcement of the UAE-Israel deal to normalise their ties, speculations have been rife that other Arab countries will soon follow in the footsteps of the Emiratis. In fact, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is currently on a tour of the Middle East where he is meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and also stopping over in UAE, Sudan and Bahrain. In fact, Sudan and Bahrain have been billed by some commentators as the next Arab nations that will normalise ties with Israel. According to them, Morocco too is supposedly in line to recognise the Jewish state. However, this is far from the truth.

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