Tag: Middle East

“Holy Trinity Of Modern Bugatti” Comes Together In Dubai For Rare Photo Op

With the Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim closed like many other car plants around the world, we can sit back and take a look at three models that have shaped the brand in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. We’re talking about the Bugatti EB110, Veyron and Chiron, which have been reunited for an official photoshoot in […]

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U.S. Cuts Health Care Aid to Yemen Despite Worries About Coronavirus

The Trump administration on Friday cut off tens of millions of dollars for health care programs and other aid in Yemen, rejecting pleas by humanitarian groups and some members of Congress to delay the decision as the coronavirus spreads across the Middle East. American officials said the move was a necessary response to longstanding interference […]

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Coronavirus Refugees: The World’s Most Vulnerable Face Pandemic

In an embattled enclave in Syria, doctors have seen patients die from what looks like the coronavirus but are unable to treat them because they lack beds, protective gear and medical professionals. A refugee camp in Bangladesh is so cramped that its population density is nearly four times that of New York City, making social […]

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How Far Will Trump Go To Save U.S. Shale

Jerri-Lynn here. I have one major quibble with this post, which focuses on high-level maneuevring to get Saudi Arabia to call off its price war. But observers such as Justin Mikulka at DeSmogBlog have shown how the shale oil industry was in deep trouble long before the price way erupted. We’ve crossposted Mikulka’s excellent work. […]

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Israel builds survey-reading AI that predicts coronavirus outbreaks

As coronavirus cases in Israel surge past 1,200, researchers in the country are predicting where it will spread next analyzing responses to questionnaires with AI. After members of the public report their condition, algorithms evaluate their answers to connect symptoms to locations. The results are then displayed on a map showing the clusters of infection […]

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The Coronavirus Could Kill Millions. U.S.-Iran Hostilities Will Make It Worse.

Not long ago, just after the new year was rung in, Americans watched and worried as an exchange of rocket and missile attacks on Iraqi soil brought the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war. The rockets and missiles are still flying in Iraq—at least four attacks in the past week, likely by Iranian-linked […]

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Trump’s Plan Backs Israeli Settlements. So Why Are Settlers Unhappy?

YITZHAR, West Bank — For the residents of the hilltop Jewish settlement of Yitzhar, President Trump’s recently published plan for Middle East peace comes with a blessing and a curse. For many, it fulfills a lifelong dream: American recognition of the biblical promise and legitimacy of the settlements in the occupied West Bank, allowing Israel […]

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In Mubarak’s Legacy, Egyptians See the Failings of the Arab Spring

CAIRO — In his final years, Hosni Mubarak basked in the affection of his family and his supporters. The former autocrat, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was photographed at a Mediterranean beach resort with a smiling granddaughter on his knee. His sons, once viewed as pariahs by many Egyptians, appeared at nightclubs and soccer […]

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UN will use AI to learn what people want from peace deals

The UN will help people in warzones to influence peace deals through an AI conversation tool they can access through their smartphones. The system will be launched within the next year, the Financial Times reports. The technology was developed by UN officials alongside a startup called Remesh, which produces a tool that creates online conversations with up to […]

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U.S. Military Vehicle Pushes Russian Armored Truck Off The Road In Syrian Road Rage

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been escalating recently, for the first time since the end of the Cold War, with incidents involving both parties surfacing in war-torn Syria these past few weeks. One of these episodes was filmed in Qamishli, a city located in the northeastern part of the country, near the […]

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Russia Is Defeating The U.S. In The Middle East Oil Game

Yves here. There’s a bit of a “dastardly Russia” undertone to this piece which undercuts the notion that the author, Simon Watkins, is engaged in reporting. But Watkins may regard this positioning as necessary. Frankly, the US has made such a mess of Iraq, and in killing Iran’s Solemani, also knocked off Iraqi general al-Muhandis, […]

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In Bipartisan Bid to Restrain Trump, Senate Passes Iran War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to require President Trump seek congressional authorization before taking further military action against Iran, as Democrats joined forces with eight Republicans to try to rein in the president’s war-making powers weeks after he escalated hostilities with Tehran. The bipartisan vote, 55 to 45, amounted to a rare attempt […]

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With The Help Of Bahrain, Prodrive To Enter 2021 Dakar Rally With New Rally Raid Car

British motorsport firm and six-time WRC champion Prodrive is heading to Dakar with its own rally raid car in 2021. Prodrive has established a new joint venture with Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, with the company called Prodrive International. The aim is to design and build race cars ready to compete in the Rally Dakar that […]

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Americans Demand a Rethinking of the ‘Forever War’

WASHINGTON — Nearly two decades after the fall of the World Trade Center and the attack on the Pentagon, American troops continue to wage war in Iraq, Afghanistan and lesser-known corners of the globe. President Trump almost opened another front last month when he approved the killing of Iran’s most powerful general. “We took one […]

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