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Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia can never be a democracy ‘on MBS survey’

A prominent Saudi journalist and former royal family adviser has criticised the government’s crackdown on Saudi intellectuals and journalists, lamenting that the kingdom will never become democratic under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Speaking to Al Jazeera in the programme UpFront, Jamal Khashoggi – currently self-exiled in the US – said that there was no…

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US places Pakistan on spiritual-freedom stumble on checklist

The United States has placed Pakistan on a watch list for “severe violations” of religious freedom, amid an escalating war of words between the two nations. In a statement issued on Thursday, the US State Department added Pakistan to a special watch list, while re-designating a group of other countries as being of “particular concern”…

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The Center East in 2018: 5 points to look at

The past year was a watershed year for the Middle East and 2018 promises to continue on this path. Wars began to wind down across the region but challenges remain in managing conflict resolution. Next year will be defined by post-war transitions to peace talks, ballot boxes, and reconstruction. Two areas are the exception to…