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Repression with a dash of freedom: Iran's authoritarian-democratic politics

10 November, 2015

Analysis: Iran's political system is famously inscrutable because it is neither completely authoritarian nor completely democratic, but a curious hybrid of both.

Morocco’s quest to be a renewable energy superpower

08 November, 2015

Currently importing 94 percent of its energy in the form of fossil fuel, Morocco is engaged in an ambitious project to transform itself into a renewable energy giant.

Saudi Arabia ends its decades-long experiment in feeding itself

08 November, 2015

Saudi Arabia, once one of the ten biggest wheat producers in the world, will cease production completely and become entirely dependent on imports from 2016.

Travel bans, prison and fines: Morocco's media under siege

19 October, 2015

Analysis: Academic Maati Monjib's travel ban for "endangering state security" is only the latest hassle in a long list faced by journalists in Morocco.

Kuwaiti writer's support for Israel provokes social media backlash

19 October, 2015

Blog: Abdullah al-Hadlaq has provoked a backlash for his views on Israel's right to defend itself against the "terrorism of Palestinian knives".

Saudi Arabia hires PR muscle in Washington DC

08 October, 2015

Blog: Riyadh has reportedly retained a major PR firm and a well-connected lobby group to aid its promotional efforts in the US.

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