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The Telegraph and Putin
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The Telegraph and Putin

“In the war of propaganda, it is very difficult to defeat the United States because the United States controls all the world’s media and many European media. The ultimate beneficiaries of the biggest European media are American financial institutions.” This is an excerpt from this week’s Tucker Carlson rather tepid interview with Vladimir Putin and...

The Hidden Rivalry of Saudi Arabia and the UAE
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The Hidden Rivalry of Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The two countries look like allies—but are increasingly regional competitors. The Israel-Hamas war unfolded amid an apparent regional trend of peaceful coexistence. The Middle East’s transformation along these lines has been represented by the seemingly ever-closer alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as symbolized by the apparent friendship between their respective de...

Russia’s Iran-UAE balancing act in the Gulf islands dispute
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Russia’s Iran-UAE balancing act in the Gulf islands dispute

Having repeatedly sided with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Iran in a long-standing dispute regarding three Gulf islands, Moscow appears to be risking its ties with Tehran. The Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands in the Strait of Hormuz were taken over by Iran in 1971 after British forces withdrew from the UAE following the country’s...

COP28 under attack, “here’s what will come out of the Dubai climate conference.”
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COP28 under attack, “here’s what will come out of the Dubai climate conference.”

Interview with Jacopo Bencini, expert in climate diplomacy and member of the Italian Climate Network, on the expectations and desirable outcomes of the next Climate Conference in Dubai Alessandro Mariani There is little time left, less than a month, before the start of COP28, the twenty-eighth Climate Conference to be held in Dubai, United Arab...

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US targets China, Turkey and UAE in latest Russia sanctions

The US has increased its sanctions against Russia, targeting companies and individuals in Turkey, China and the United Arab Emirates for supplying Moscow with goods that can be used for military purposes.The new measures include additional action against the Russian energy and mining sectors, and lists more than 200 names around the world facing financial...

Can the Emirates Divorce Themselves of Putin?
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Can the Emirates Divorce Themselves of Putin?

Much like Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh, the war in Ukraine is now another “frozen conflict” derived from the fall of the Soviet Union. What the Kremlin calls its “near abroad,” is now an escalating proxy war between two nuclear superpowers. Dangerous stuff we have here. As global diplomats look for a path forward...

The UAE Is Fueling Russia’s War Machine
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The UAE Is Fueling Russia’s War Machine

Acording to British academic Matthew Hedges, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has deepened its friendship with the Russian Federation since Russia invaded Ukraine. A fact that taken together with the UAE joining the BRICS alliance, may prove to be a major test of the strength of the West to maintain hegemony over the world order. Just in...

Will Vladimir Putin be Arrested if Attending COP28? Let’s Find Out Why Not
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Will Vladimir Putin be Arrested if Attending COP28? Let’s Find Out Why Not

As the annual COP climate summit approaches in Dubai next month, one prominent figure conspicuously absent from past conferences may decide to attend COP28 – Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, there are good reasons why the ICC suspect feels comfortable enough to potentially skirt international justice and visit the UAE. Some context – in March,...

Deep dive: A big year for climate negotiations… or not?
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Deep dive: A big year for climate negotiations… or not?

Deep dive: A big year for climate negotiations… or not? Today, we dig into the major tensions building in climate negotiations in the lead-up to the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP 28, which starts in late November. Summer used to be a time of joy. Now, each passing July in the Northern...