Saudi Strong Arms Muslim Nations to Take Sides in Gulf Crisis

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by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia, in a first move to pressure mostly Muslim states to join its campaign against Qatar, has persuaded six sub-Saharan African nations with threats of reduced financial aid and restricted quotas for the haj, the… Continue Reading  

The Gulf Arab States Buy Influence in Comoros

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By Emmaline Ivy Johnson and Giorgio Cafiero Comoros, an impoverished Indian Ocean archipelago-nation known for its post-colonial history of political instability, rarely enters a discussion about Middle Eastern affairs. Early this year, however, the Arab League’s southernmost member made headlines… Continue Reading