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Will new oil cartels lead to new political blocs?

Shehab Al Makahleh The world is approaching a huge financial crisis. The most important feature of the crisis is stagnation. Such recession will require no more oil production, as what is produced worldwide of various commodities is in decline. Thus, as oil supplies are increasing with less demand …

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Behind Israel’s love affair with Latin America

Stasa Salacinin Israel wants to influence the UN General Assembly which historically votes against it. Israel, in the past few years, has launched a global charm offensive, aimed specifically at Latin American countries. Tel Aviv’s outreach there comes as it struggles to improve of its international reputation that …

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The old and new techniques of Dezinformatsjia

Giancarlo Elia Valori Disinformation – i.e. what the Soviet intelligence services called Dezinformatsjia – is at the origin of the phenomenon that we currently define – with oversimplification – fake news, spread to support or not voters’ or consumers’ specific choices, obviously both nationally and internationally. Nowadays the …

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How Arabs can tackle food security

Arab states are particularly susceptible to food shortages and food-price shocks. Besides, recent prognoses reveal that Arab countries will be powerless to meet increasing demand with production. Thus, there is a necessity to cultivate strategies to ameliorate food security which depends on consolidation of safety nets, enhancement of …

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Arabs between MESA, the ultimatum deal and normalization

By Shehab Al Makahleh Few days ago, a seminar was held in Israel to assess the strategic situation in the region from Israeli perspective. A group of senior experts in politics and strategies presented several papers. The conference concluded with one statement: What is happening in the region …

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Restructuring Libya’s finance and economy

Giancarlo Elia Valori Last August the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) moved its Tripoli’s offices to the now famous Tripoli Tower. The traditional financial institution of Gaddafi’s regime currently manages approximately 67 billion US dollars, most of which are frozen due to the UN sanctions. Said sanctions shall be …

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Ramifications of tripartite meeting in Tehran

By Giancarlo Elia Valori After the meeting of last April, Iranian President Rouhani, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met again in Teheran (and in Tabriz) on September 6-7, within the now usual setting of the Astana talks. The specific aim of these last negotiations …

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Jordan pays price for advocating peace in Syria, defending Jerusalem identity

Shehab Al Makahleh Many Jordanians believe that what has happened thus far in Al-Fuhais and Al-Salt is to dissuade Jordanian leadership from proceeding further with advocating a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict and to deter Jordan’s leadership from defending the right of Arabs and Muslims in Jerusalem. …

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Prospects of US-Iran talks now more remote than ever

By Maria Dubovikova The US on Tuesday reimposed the first segment of economic sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump gave carte blanche for America to exercise more pressure on the Iranian government. This is in order to get it to return to the negotiating table and reconsider new articles and amendments to …

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