Khamenei loyalists may tighten grip at Iran elections

DUBAI - Hardliners are set to tighten control of Iran this week in a parliamentary election stacked in their favor, as the leadership closes ranks in a deepening confrontation with Washington. Big gains by security hawks would confirm the political demise of the country’s pragmatist politicians, weakened by Washington’s decision to

What next for Dubai’s troubled satellite broadcaster OSN?

As the rise of streaming platforms puts pressure on traditional pay-TV networks to produce original content, the Middle East's largest direct-broadcast satellite provider OSN fights for its survival   When millions of fans across the Middle East tuned in to watch the last ever episode of HBO’s blood-spattered, dragon-filled fantasy show Game

British ambassador returns to Iran after brief arrest last month

  DUBAI - Britain’s ambassador to Tehran has returned to Iran, he announced in an online posting on Thursday, after his departure last month following a brief arrest by Iranian security forces fueled speculation that he may not be coming back. “I recently returned from London to Tehran. This was an important

Pompeo visits Morocco in first since Trump election

Rabat, Morocco- Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo visited Morocco on Thursday, the highest-ranking American official to travel there since the election of President Donald Trump. Pompeo met his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita to discuss the “threat” posed by Iran’s attempts to “broaden its regional influence”, as well as the conflicts in

The secrets of Tamim’s relationship with Tahnoon … and the secrets of the Turkish-U.A.E negotiations

Qatar's journey from siege to negotiation Investigating the depth of the Gulf-Qatari disputes were not easy, especially as they were divided into several axes from political to economic, in addition to historical factors that weighed on the fragile reality experienced by the Gulf during the Arab revolutions that destabilized the regimes