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Policy Differences Emerge Among Gulf States Days after Wooing President Trump

Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorist political and military alliance days after US President Donald J. Trump ended a historic visit to Saudi Arabia. The cracks stem from Qatar’s long-standing fundamental policy differences with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about Iran and the role of political Islam.

A relative of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar holds his picture during a sit-in in the town of Al-Fuheis near Amman, Jordan, 25 September, 2016 Reuters

Perfect Assassination of Jordanian Writer

A Jordanian writer, accused of sharing a cartoon considered offensive to Islam, killed two weeks after his release from prison on bail.  A perfect assassination starts with demonising a person and ends with a condemnation of the assassin. On 25 September 2016, the prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, 56, was shot dead ahead of a trial before the courthouse in Jordan’s capital Amman. He was accused of sharing a caricature deemed offensive to Islam on his Facebook page. Hattar was an outspoken leftist, secular writer and a self-described Christian atheist, known for his controversial views on issues regarding refugees, his…
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Egypt Sentences Six to Death and Morsi to Life Prison in Qatar Spying Case

Causing uproar among journalists and human rights groups, the Egyptian court verdict is being massively criticised. The long winded Qatar espionage case is finally coming to close as six people, including two Al Jazeera employees, have been sentenced to death on Saturday for allegedly passing on documents related to national security during the rule of ex-president Mohammed Morsi, while the latter has been sentenced to life in prison according to the BBC. Morsi, who was deposed in 2013, was acquitted of espionage but he and two of his aides have been sentenced to 25 years in prison for their membership of the now-banned Muslim…
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Bounded Rationality and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Maximisation of Self-utility or Public Interest

Political rationality as a theory is important in its own right. Government leaders must calculate political costs such as the resources needed to generate support for a policy, the implications of a policy decision for re-election, and the possibility of provoking hostility for decisions not well received. Bounded rationality approach has yielded an enhanced understanding of how government organizations may produce unexpected or even unpredicted policy or program results. With public organizations not operating under full rationality conditions, administrators aspiring toward rationality may nonetheless find their goals undermined by a variety of forces, such as informational uncertainties and non-rational elements…
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