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Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf

Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf

By Anil Giri The government of Nepal on Aug. 9 responded to reports of abuse by banning women under 30 from accepting work in the Persian Gulf States. The action followed widespread reports that women from Nepal working in the Gulf region are frequently subjected to harassment and to sexual and psychological exploitation. Around 244,000 […]

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Emerging U.S. strategy builds a geopolitical economy along Chinas periphery

By Brian M Downing One can scarcely read anything on world affairs these days without seeing discussion of the decline of the U.S. and the rise of China. In recent weeks, however, President Obama spoke plainly, bluntly, and even disparagingly to China. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Obama chided China, urging it to put […]

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Rand: U.S. pledges on Iran no longer reassure neighboring states

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Middle East states were not expected to change their policies toward Iran regardless of guarantees by the United States, a report said. The report by the Rand Corp. said U.S. allies in the Middle East were not expected to change their opposition to Teheran’s nuclear weapons program. Rand, in a report for […]

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Saudi strategist to Gulf states: Time to go nuclear

By WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has been urged to acquire nuclear capabilities. A leading Saudi official has called on the six Gulf Cooperation Council states to cooperate in the acquisition of nuclear energy and deterrence capabilities. Prince Turki Al Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research, said the GCC […]

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Gulf states weigh mass expulsion of Iran agents: 'We can't look the other way any more'

WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has been mulling a plan to deport thousands of suspected Iranian agents. Arab diplomatic sources said the six GCC states were discussing a proposal to identify and track an estimated 20,000 Shi’ites linked to Iran. They said many of the agents have been activated in 2011 and […]

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Qatar newspaper challenges Al Jazeera, government restraints on press freedom

WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar has acknowledged that its media was dysfunctional. A leading Qatari newspaper reported on a debate within the emirate’s media community regarding freedom. The Doha-based Peninsula asserted that journalists were prevented from accessing official information as well as feared prosecution for investigative reporting. “What essentially ails the Qatari media — English […]