When faced with problems, most authoritarian regimes maintain a policy of rigidity when the appropriate response would be flexibility, political wisdom and concessions. This policy gives authoritarian leaders their ability to control their populations to serve the interests of a few individuals and political and military elites. It can also, however, usher their downfall, for populations can only be oppressed, controlled and punished to a point.
MANAMA — Qatar’s winning a bid to host the World Cup in 2022 could mean that real security goes beyond buffer zones, fences and walls, UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said at the IISS Security Dialogue Forum in Manama on Saturday.
TEHRAN - Iran has accepted a date for talks with major powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday.
BEIRUT - Hezbollah urged all Lebanese on Thursday to boycott a UN-backed inquiry into the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri and accused investigators of sending information to Israel.
JERUSALEM — Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak left on Monday for a working visit to the United States where he will hold a series of meetings with top US officials, a spokeswoman said.
DUBAI - Pirate attacks have fallen in the Arabian Sea with the advent of the South West Monsoons, but are expected to pick up in August when the rains subside, according to the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB). The buccaneers, meanwhile, are turning their attention to other areas like the Gulf of Aden and the southern Red Sea.