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Iranian Voters Use Turnout, Voided Ballots, and Social Media to Rain on Raisi’s Electoral Parade

The low participation and high number of protest votes in Iran’s presidential election demonstrate a lack of trust in the regime and a diminished hope among Iranians for making change through the ballot box.

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Oman's Protesters Seek Jobs and Reform

While the high rate of unemployment among youth sparked recent protests in Oman, the problem now goes beyond creating job opportunities.

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Kuwait’s Ongoing Struggle Against Gender Violence

Grassroots activism demanding an end to gender-based violence in Kuwait has gained national traction and is encouraging more legislative action.

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Kadhimi Triumphs Over the Militias, At Least for Now

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s arrest and detention of a powerful militia commander signals significant changes in Iraq as the country prepares for parliamentary elections.

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Abraham Accords Face Early Test

Israeli expansionism in East Jerusalem and the attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque prompt sharp condemnation and popular support for Palestinians from Gulf signatories to the Abraham Accords.

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Rising Crime and Insecurity in Iran

The Iranian government’s failure to devise policies to address the economic challenges facing Iranians has directly contributed to the rise of crime in Iran.

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The Long Game in Iraq: Shia Clerics, Activists Find Common Cause To Confront the State

A new generation of Iraqis fighting for a reimagining of their country have formed an informal alliance with Iraqi clerics – a radical departure from the trend in most Arab states.

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Keep the Faith: Mohammed bin Salman’s Message to Saudis

On April 27, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down for a television interview five years after the announcement of Vision 2030.

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Gulf States Promote Fitness and Well-Being This Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Gulf initiatives encourage a balance between traditions of preparing delicious meals and staying fit.

Saudi Ramadan Series Links Economic Development and Civic Duty

This year’s Ramadan initiatives, focused on a sense of community and contributions to development, demonstrate how the Saudi government increasingly relies on citizens to play a role in the ongoing transformation.

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