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  • Real Estate

    Rare activist investor showdown in the Gulf sees Dubai’s Emirates REIT cancel debt restructuring plan

    A major Dubai property investment fund is in the spotlight after its lenders blocked a debt restructuring plan and raised “serious concerns” about its transparency and governance.  Dubai-based Emirates REIT was forced to withdraw a restructuring proposal for its $400 million dollar Islamic bond after a rare campaign of investor activism — something not commonly seen in the conservative Gulf…

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  • Opinion

    Biden’s plan for a diplomatic mission to the Palestinians blatantly violates US law

    As presidential candidate, Joe Biden was asked if he would reverse President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Biden promised, “I wouldn’t reverse it.” But candidate Biden also proposed re-opening the US diplomatic mission to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, which had merged with the Jerusalem embassy in 2019. Now…

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  • Opinion

    Israel has acted like a moral beacon in the latest Gaza war against terror

    In 10 days of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed, compared to 10 Israelis. To many, this imbalance can mean only one thing. “War crimes!” thundered noted Geneva Convention specialist John Oliver, the bespectacled HBO anchor who combines Wildean cleverness with the depth of Benny Hill. The New York Times blares, “humanitarian…

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  • Opinion

    No, the Gaza flare-up didn’t kill Trump’s wildly successful Abraham Accords

    America’s foreign-policy establishment and peace-process industry are having a field day: The latest round of fighting between Israel and the terror group Hamas, they insist, has sounded the death knell for the Abraham Accords, the Trump-brokered peace treaties between the Jewish state and several Muslim nations. Leading the Schadenfreude Brigade was White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who on Tuesday…

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  • Opinion

    NY leads on crazy COVID codes and other commentary

    Libertarian: NY Leads on Crazy COVID Codes On Sunday mornings, “Jerry Orbach Theater transforms into a church,” allowing the 199-seat off-Broadway venue to fill to 50 percent capacity, writes Reason’s Eric Boehm. “A few hours later,” it’s restricted to 33 percent for a performance of “Perfect Crime,” New York’s longest-running play. That “the exact same physical space that can’t host…

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  • Opinion

    Palestinians deserve better leaders — and a brighter future for themselves

    Last Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced he was again postponing legislative elections. He claimed the Israelis aren’t allowing voting in East Jerusalem and Hamas might repeat its victory of 17 years ago — i.e., he gave excuses to stay in power despite his unpopularity. Abbas has long held himself out as the only thing standing in the way…

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  • Opinion

    Media cheers a return to the failed Iran deal: Goodwin

    A Monday New York Times front page headline on the explosion at a key Iranian nuclear facility claimed the “Attack May Hurt Efforts to Reboot 2015 Deal.” On Tuesday, also on the front page, the paper declared that “Israel’s Role in Iran Blast Casts A Shadow on U.S. Nuclear Talks” Get it? Making a new deal with Iran is a…

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  • Opinion

    Bubble Biden clearly not up for tough questions — or the job: Goodwin

    It’s early, but not too early to give Politico the scoop of the year award for this: “The president so far has surprised some of his former colleagues and allies with a largely gaffe-free White House debut after a lifetime of verbal stumbles.” The hoops you have to jump through — and with your eyes closed! — to reach a…

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  • Opinion

    The CDC’s absurd guidelines and other commentary

    Libertarian: The CDC’s Absurd Guidelines Reason’s Robby Soave is astounded: “The nation’s top health officials think day-care providers should continue requiring children as young as 2 years old to wear masks at all times” except for meals and naps “even after all teachers and staff are vaccinated.” The new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control features other advice that’s…

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  • Opinion

    How Team Biden invites Middle East mayhem

    Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi rebels struck again over the weekend, launching drone and missile attacks on two Saudi oil facilities. It was the latest sign that President Joe Biden’s efforts to get Tehran to rein in its pawns aren’t working. This is actually the second attack from an Iran-trained militia since Biden launched airstrikes on a group in Syria in late…

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