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Qatar's Unintended Sporting Legacy


A FIFA clean-up, exposure of political corruption, and corporate sponsor
by James M. Dorsey

Qatar's 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change - but not in the way the Gulf state's ruling family had imagined.

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Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia

Russia has been holding 'combat readiness exercises' with its partners, writes Torfeh

by Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh

When Ashraf Ghani became the president of Afghanistan last September, he pledged to improve relations with all neighbours, mainly Iran and Pakistan. While he has focused almost entirely on improving relations with Pakistan, and on bringing China on board for his top priority of talks with the Taliban, Ghani has lost sight of another powerful neighbour in the north, namely Russia.

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Who Will Save Israel?


The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed. It is time to take stock.

The net result is that Israel has given up all pretense of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover.

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The Fall of Palmyra


The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days?

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The White Widow and other arch-villains

Samantha Lewthwaite

by Rachel Shabi

The White Widow is alive. And she's back. Like Jason Bourne's evil, female twin, this woman seems to have a formidable capacity for comeback. The last we heard of the Muslim convert super-terrorist and wife of one of Britain’s 7/7 suicide bombers, she had been shot dead in Ukraine late last year. Before that, this security-evading terror mastermind, whose actual name, if anyone is interested, is Samantha Lewthwaite, was on Interpol’s most wanted list.

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