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Syrian returnees subjected to “gross human rights violations and abuses”, UN report details
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Syrian returnees subjected to “gross human rights violations and abuses”, UN report details

Many Syrians who had fled the war face gross human rights violations and abuses upon their return to Syria, according to a report by the UN Human Rights Office released today. The documented violations and abuses have been perpetrated by the Government, de facto authorities and other armed groups across the country, the report states. They include arbitrary detention,...

UAE sends first ambassador to Syria since 2011
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UAE sends first ambassador to Syria since 2011

The United Arab Emirates has dispatched an ambassador to Damascus for the first time since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, Syria’s state media reported today, in a new signal of Syria’s warming ties with the Arab region, Reuters reports. Incoming Emirati envoy Hassan Al-Shehi presented his credentials to Syria’s Foreign Affair Minister Faysal Al-Meqdad at...

Russian Media Outlet Reviews Russia’s 2023 Middle East Diplomacy: ‘Russia Has Become The Wisest Player In The Middle East’
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Russian Media Outlet Reviews Russia’s 2023 Middle East Diplomacy: ‘Russia Has Become The Wisest Player In The Middle East’

“The UAE Has Become Russia’s Main Trading Partner In The Arab Region” “Russia’s policy in the Middle East in 2023 was particularly active. Moscow managed to improve relations with Arab countries and Iran, strengthen dialogue with Turkey and maintain normal relations with Israel. All this was the result of strict adherence to the two diplomatic...

Another looming crisis in the Middle East: Climate change
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Another looming crisis in the Middle East: Climate change

The climate crisis has become a leading concern in the Middle East and the upcoming COP28 climate conference in the UAE serves as a pivotal platform to address this pressing threat. Southern Iraq, once known as the Garden of Eden, is poised to become a scorching wasteland in the forthcoming decades. A study, led by this...

Wagner Group’s Engagements in West Asia and North Africa
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Wagner Group’s Engagements in West Asia and North Africa

Wagner Group’s Engagements in West Asia and North Africa. Wagner Group’s mutiny against the Russian military establishment and its sudden withdrawal in June 2023 have created chaos in Russia. This leaves analysts of Russian politics with several questions regarding the future of Wagner and the country’s internal dynamics. Such questions have also been raised in...

UAE’s Troubling Support for Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa
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UAE’s Troubling Support for Russia’s Wagner Group in Africa

One targeted company, Industrial Resources General Trading, is a Dubai-based company sanctioned for importing gold from the Central African Republic and paying the Russian mercenary outfit in cash sent directly to Moscow. It is the first Emirati company sanctioned in relation to Wagner. OFAC previously targeted another United Arab Emirates (UAE) based firm, Kratol Aviation, for...

How UAE is getting around international sanctions against Russia
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How UAE is getting around international sanctions against Russia

As the next host of COP28, scheduled for the end of 2023, the United Arab Emirates has become a mecca of international sanctions evasion, and both Russians and Syrians are taking advantage. From November 30 to December 12, 2023, the United Arab Emirates Confederation will host COP28. Not only is Dubai, which is considered a...