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Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi OPEC’s Oil Market Rebalancing Strategy Frustrated by Data Revisions

By Diane Munro

OPEC’s expectations for a significant decline in global oil stocks for the rest of 2017 and into 2018 have been upended by new forecasts showing sharply lower demand for the producer group’s crude for the second half of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. The International Energy Agency (IEA) unveiled substantial downward revisions to its global oil demand data for 2015 through 2018 in its latest monthly market report.
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Millennial Gulf
Takween Online Writing Platforms: Tackling Taboos

By Mai Alfarhan

“If you don’t condemn homosexuality in traditional print outlets, you’re not going to get published.” This is one of the many reasons that led Shaikha Al-Bahaweed, a writer from Kuwait, to start writing for online writing platforms Manshoor and Raseef22. These writing platforms are becoming more popular every day in the Gulf due to the controversial subjects they feature. Manshoor, founded by a Kuwaiti journalist, and Raseef22, managed by a group of Arab intellectuals, offer what traditional print outlets cannot or are afraid to offer: frank discussions about gender, sexuality, social inequality, politics, and religion.
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In the Media
Marcelle M. WahbaAGSIW President Marcelle M. Wahba appeared on Al Arabiya on August 11 to discuss retired U.S. General Anthony Zinni's meetings in the Gulf to mediate the GCC-Qatar crisis: "I believe General Zinni can help move the mediation process forward. A final agreement will need to include monitoring mechanisms so it is not a repeat of the 2013-14 Riyadh agreement."

Writing for Foreign Policy, Colum Lynch cited Executive Vice President Stephen A. Seche and Eric Pelofsky's article on the Yemen crisis for Just Security. Seche and Pelofsky noted, "The Saudis — now led by Major General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdul Aziz – are focusing on clearing the border and establishing a buffer zone inside Yemen."

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