Yemen Economic Bulletin: Lebanon’s Financial Collapse Traps Yemeni Banks’ Money

By Ryan Bailey and Anthony Biswell* In January 2020, demonstrators heckled a delegation of bankers leaving Lebanon’s central bank. This was not an uncommon occurrence – protests targeting the country’s political and financial elite had been ongoing for months. What was unique in this situation, however, was the identity of the banking delegation. These bankers […]

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The GCC Sanctions against Qatar broke the GCC, Will the UAE Deal with Israel disintegrate the UAE?

by Ahmed E. Souaiaia* August 16, 2020 Abstract: With the war on Yemen going against Saudi stated goals, three years ago, (5 June 2017), Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed isolating sanctions. Three years later, none of their conditions, which included, primarily, shutting down Aljazeera, […]

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Is the Moroccan Left Experiencing an Organizational and Ideological Crisis?

by Mohammad Sammouni* How did the coordination between currents of the radical left and the Islamist opposition movement (The Justice and Charity Party) transcend the social level that concerns public services issues, to reach political demands that concern the nature of the power system and the overthrowing tyranny? What was the role of the “20 […]

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Killing of Soleimani evokes dark history of political assassinations in the formative days of Shiite Islam

by Deina Abdelkader * Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who promoted the religious and political influence of the Iranian regime across the Middle East with covert military operations, was an important figure in the Iranian government. But that’s not the only reason his targeted killing by the United States has elicited explosive grief and outrage in Iran. […]

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Indonesia’s new international Islamic university to host global research for “moderate Islam”

by Luthfi T. Dzulfikar* In an attempt to offer an alternative Islamic university model to the current dominance of Middle Eastern universities, Indonesia has announced plans to open the Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII) in Depok, West Java. With more than 200 million believers, Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. […]

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