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Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security partnerships with the Syrian regime.

This week we look at a double blow to the Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen, a new death toll for the conflict and an Arab move against the Houthis.

Is Sudan joining the anti-Qatar bloc?

Giorgio Cafiero

Is Sudan joining the anti-Qatar bloc?

Comment: The counter-revolutionary states of the Sunni Arab world are showing their influence in Sudan, writes Giorgio Cafiero.

The Qatar blockade killed the GCC, but what next?

Imad K. Harb

The Qatar blockade killed the GCC, but what next?

Comment: The cruel two-year blockade imposed on Qatar signals the need for a new Gulf entente based on collective action, writes wrties ...

Mecca summits will not end the <em>Gulf</em> crisis

Khalid al-Jaber and Giorgio Cafiero

Mecca summits will not end the Gulf crisis

Comment: The Saudi-led blockade is still in place, and unless it is lifted, Qatar is unlikely to seek much goodwill from the Saudi leadership, ...

Imad K. Harb

At Mecca meetings, Riyadh will only get 'verbal solidarity'

Analysis: Given GCC disunity and lack of readiness among Arab League states, it is doubtful that the emergency meetings will satisfy Saudi leaders' hopes in a full-fledged entente against Iran.

The New Arab & agencies

US military to investigate attack on UAE oil tankers

The US military will assist in an investigation into an attack which targeted four oil tankers in the UAE's strategic port of Fujairah on Sunday.

The New Arab

Arab world condemns attacks on oil tankers off UAE

Saudi Arabia has deplored 'sabotage attacks' on two of its oil tankers off the strategic UAE port of Fujairah.

Eldar Mamedov

The false allure of authoritarian stability

Comment: The EU should use its leverage to extract concessions from Arab autocrats on the most egregious forms of repression, writes Eldar ...

Qatar's beIN launching action against AFC​ over 'Saudi piracy'

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar's beIN launching action against AFC​ over 'Saudi piracy'

Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports on Tuesday threatened legal action against the Asian Football Confederation, alleging the governing body had ...

Eldar Mamedov

Saudi Arabia's strange bedfellows

Comment: The only credible way for Saudi Arabia to engage the EU is to work with the entire spectrum of European opinion, including critics, ...

Growing Israel-Saudi Arabia ties 'set back by Khashoggi murder'

The New Arab

Growing Israel-Saudi Arabia ties 'set back by Khashoggi murder'

The killing of Khashoggi has weakened MbS' position in the kingdom and reduced political will for risky foreign policy moves such as ...

UAE superclub Al-Ain shock at football's Club World Cup

Uri Levy

UAE superclub Al-Ain shock at football's Club World Cup

The Emirati champions have been on a winning streak at the world's top club tournament, reports Uri Levy.

Ending the silverware drought: This week's Middle East football

Uri Levy

Ending the silverware drought: This week's Middle East football

As Sharjah FC continues to chase their first trophy since 2003, Saudi side Ittihad Jeddah continues to disappoint fans despite a multi-million ...

Tears and trophies: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Tears and trophies: This week in Middle East football

Football clubs in the Middle East are winding down after a grueling 2017-18 campaign, with some surprise teams among the familiar names lifting ...

Uri Levy

Derby day drama: This week in Middle East football

Derby day drama took over Amman and Casablanca this week, while an underwhelming clash between the Arabian Peninsula's two biggest clubs was overshadowed by a pitch-invading cat.

Uri Levy

The Bitcoin ballgame: This week in Middle East football

The Asian Champions League kicks off, plus the return of Amoory - catch up with all the latest football news...

Ben Jacobs

Levelling the playing field at 19000 feet

Long read: a team of women footballers from across the Middle East broke a world record when they played a game on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, ...

Uri Levy

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to relocate to the ...

The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

The New Arab

Super Club: Three of Dubai's biggest football teams merge

Dubai Club, al-Ahli and al-Shabab have announced the formation of a super club that will be ready to challenge with world's football titans.

Brotherhood of Amman: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Brotherhood of Amman: This week in Middle East football

Blog: Al-Faisaly won the Jordanian Pro League this weekend, as Bahrain's giants crumbled and Al-Hilal took a victory lap in Riyadh, ...

Jerusalem to Doha: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Jerusalem to Doha: This week in Middle East football

Catch up on the most important developments in Middle Eastern football this week

Bans and breakthroughs: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Bans and breakthroughs: This week in Middle East football

Politics and football collided this week as Iraqi-American footballer Justin Meram was wrapped up in Donald Trump's Muslim ban this week.

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