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Image TWar in Yemen: Arms industry outsourcing amid increasing media scrutiny [Lima Charlie News](Mohammed Huwais / AFP)
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War in Yemen: Arms industry outsourcing amid increasing media scrutiny

Saudi Arabia is in the hot seat after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi finally bringing the war in Yemen front and center. With the political foment endangering further weapon sales to the Saudi Kingdom, some defense companies have already opened manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia. The… Keep Reading

Image The Right Response to the Death of Jamal Khashoggi [Lima Charlie News]
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The Right Response to the Death of Jamal Khashoggi

Opinion | Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is not an isolated incident but part of a pattern of reckless and destructive behavior by the Saudi Kingdom that includes ongoing support for extremist groups, the war in Yemen, and activities directly at odds with the West. The grisly… Keep Reading

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Welcome to Jordan! A Return of Hope and Dignity

Trapped in a game of geostrategic chess, Jordan stands as a buffer in a region with little stability. Part 3 of a 3 part series. [Part 1 | Part 2] The Jordanian economy is beyond crippled and is heading towards insolvency. Amidst a weakening financial… Keep Reading

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Lebanon, an arms trading hub for Iran, and everyone else

Lebanon distinguishes itself in the Middle East – a state too weak to stop arms trafficking, but not so weak as to descend into chaos. Both sides of the Syrian Civil War capitalized on this and, as the predilection extends into the war in Yemen,… Keep Reading

Image Welcome to Jordan! A Den of Spies and Fajitas for Dinner [Lima Charlie News]
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Welcome to Jordan! A Den of Spies and Fajitas for Dinner

Trapped in a game of geostrategic chess, Jordan stands as a buffer in a region with little stability. Part 2 in a 3 part series. [Part 1] One of my oldest and dearest friends “The Consultant” decided to surprise me in Amman. I had known… Keep Reading

Image A Russian proposal to the refugees of Syria [Lima Charlie News][Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP]
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A Russian proposal to the refugees of Syria

Russia is not resting on its laurels. With Syria’s central government readying to dismantle the last remainders of opposition in Daraa, Russia is seeking to re-legitimise the al Assad regime. To accomplish this, Russia and Syria are capitalizing on a refugee crisis, a lack of… Keep Reading

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The Night Turkey’s Democracy Died on a Bridge of Martyrs

Two years ago Turkey’s President survived the attempted coup d’etat enabling what is now a country ruled by one man. The demise of Turkey’s democracy would come on a bridge of martyrs. Everyone in Turkey has something to say about that fateful summer evening. Everyone has something… Keep Reading

Image Iraq oil production threatened by growing unrest [Lima Charlie News] (AP Photo)
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Iraq oil production threatened by growing unrest

Rising unemployment, lack of essential services and security concerns have caused civil unrest in Iraq’s southern areas. A growing number of protestors, amid a violent government response is now threatening local stability and oil production. On July 15th, a gathering of a few dozen protestors… Keep Reading

Image How the Daraa Offensive will change America's presence in Syria [Lima Charlie News]
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How the Daraa Offensive will change America’s presence in Syria

With the looming Syrian government offensive in Daraa, the U.S. may be facing its final opportunity to check the Assad regime without further escalating the conflict. Since the Syrian regime, led by Bashar Al-Assad, initiated an offensive on Daraa this June, the city and governorate… Keep Reading

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