• November 25, 2017
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Articles by Omar Sharrif

  • Intertwined: Cigarette smuggling and militancy
    Nov 15, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Links between tobacco smuggling and extremist groups are strong, depending on the country, says expert
  • Russia 2018 will feature most Arab states ever
    Nov 12, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Millions across region could put their minds off usual dose of bad news for a while
  • Sa'ad Hariri: The accidental politician
    Nov 10, 2017 By Omar Shariff, Deputy Editor, GCC & Middle East
    With his surprise resignation as the prime minister of Lebanon, the son of slain former premier Rafik has thrown a curve at extremists in the region
  • 67 words that changed course of Arab history
    Nov 02, 2017 By Jumana Al Tamimi, Associate Editor & Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    The impact of the Balfour Declaration can be felt to this day in Palestine
  • Shrewd politician with tarnished legacy
    Oct 30, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Masoud Barzani thought regional, international opposition to vote would only be verbal, says analyst
  • Kirkuk recapture will increase PM’s popularity
    Oct 16, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    ‘Negotiated settlement favourable to Baghdad is the most likely outcome’
  • Daesh is regrouping in Libya. But why?
    Oct 16, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Political fragmentation and the absence of state institutions in some lawless areas allow the group to flourish
  • Mauritania: A bastion for modern-day slavery
    Oct 11, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Country officially abolished the practice in 1981, making it the last country in the world to do so
  • Profiles of British extremists
    Oct 07, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Profiles of British extremists
  • UK Islamists - and their journey to extremism
    Oct 07, 2017 By Omar Shariff Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Hardline militants from Britain have played an active role in conflicts in other parts of the world for about 30 years
  • Unlike regime, Qataris seek compromise
    Oct 04, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    Survey says 79% are opposed to Iran’s policies, while most support Turkey
  • Abbas opposed to ‘Hezbollah model’ in Gaza
    Oct 01, 2017 Omar Shariff, Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor
    His conditions are aimed at disarming Hamas — but also keeping Dahlan and Qatar out of the equation
  • Notes from the land of fire
    Apr 05, 2017 By Omar ShariffSpecial to Weekend Review
    Baku boasts of an impressive skyline but the young in the Azerbaijani capital bemoan the lack of opportunities
  • UAE and India: The ties that bind
    Jan 24, 2017 By Omar Shariff, Special to Gulf News
    The Modi-administration seems to have adopted fresh thinking on West Asia and North Africa, and how it deals with it
  • Brexit: An opportunity for the GCC
    Jan 15, 2017 By Aruba Khalid and Omar Shariff, Special to Gulf News
    The UK is looking for friends and the Gulf bloc is maturing into a more unified economic and political unit and therefore into a stronger partner for Britain
  • ‘I don’t want to judge on polygamy’
    Dec 15, 2016 By Omar Shariff, Special to Weekend Review
    Hussain Ali Lootah, the author of ‘Between Two Wives’, says the book is about his experience and what he has learnt