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Ian Black

Ian Black

    Cheap oil pushes Saudi reform
    Cheap oil pushes Saudi reform
    In the Al-Faisaliah mall in central Riyadh, the call to midday prayers brings down the shutters on shops selling luxurious global brands and the...
    Saudi executions go global
    Saudi executions go global
    Political and sectarian tensions in the Middle East have been pushed to new heights by Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 people, including a senior...
    Russia's Syria gambit could be a game changer
    Russia's Syria gambit could be a game changer
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    Iran quietly extends its strategic influence in Syria
    Iran quietly extends its strategic influence in Syria
    Iran's embassy in the Mezze district of Damascus is a striking-looking building – the façade covered in elaborately decorated turquoise tiles that...
    Iran wants respect from the West
    Iran wants respect from the West
    Every Friday, under the soaring minarets of the Imam Khomeini mosque in Tehran, tens of thousands of the faithful prostrate themselves in prayer...
    No power, no water, no hope
    No power, no water, no hope
    Israel's attack on the Gaza power plant on Tuesday is likely to fuel speculation that the enclave's civilian infrastructure is being deliberately...
    Israel's path 'worse than apartheid'
    Israel's path 'worse than apartheid'
    Noam Chomsky, the American philosopher and political activist, believes boycotts to force a change in Israeli policies towards the Palestinians risk...
    Syria: A farce worth reckoning with
    Syria: A farce worth reckoning with
    Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected Syria's president with 88.7% of the vote, after a poll labelled a farce by rebels fighting to overthrow him,...
    Blunders and stubborness hobble Syria talks
    Blunders and stubborness hobble Syria talks
    International efforts to bring peace to Syria after almost three years of war got under way in Switzerland this week with near-zero expectations of...
    Vaccination ceasefire urged in Syria
    Vaccination ceasefire urged in Syria
    Syria’s government and rebels were urged this week to respect “vaccination ceasefires” and allow access to hundreds of thousands...
    EU warning to Israel wields clout
    EU warning to Israel wields clout
    European policy guidelines are composed of small print and impenetrable bureaucratic language that are the product of long hours of wrangling in...
    Blood, fear cast pall over Ramadan
    Blood, fear cast pall over Ramadan
    Egypt's political crisis shows no sign of abating as the military-backed authorities move against defiant Islamist supporters of the deposed...