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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

The premise in your question, about Muslims preferring Europe over rich Middle-Eastern countries, is false. In fact, Syrian refugees prefer neighbouring Middle-Eastern countries over rich ones. ...
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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?

Very much so. 1. Last year, the Israeli supreme court struck down a 2017 law having to do with legalization of illegal housing built in previously Palestinian areas (New York Times source). Here is a ...
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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

Implicit in your question is the assumption that Muslims should have some kind of kindred sympathy toward their Muslim brethren in other countries. We have to dispense with that kind of thinking; it'...
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Why does the U.S. send foreign aid to Palestine at all?

Probably several things: Money brings influence. Without influence on the Palestinians, the US has even less leverage to shape Palestinian policy in a way that is acceptable to Israel. Palestine is ...
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Why did Arab spring and Iranian green revolution fail, but the European revolutions didn't?

History and Politics rarely accommodate with clear binary outcome. So, as much I would not say that the Arab Spring revolutions weren't a failure as a whole, I would also not say that the European ...
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What explains the durability of Arab monarchies?

Several points. Not all of them (especially the first) are equally applicable in each case. But, most of the points apply to all of them. 1. Monarchies work well when the economy is dominated by rents ...
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What's up with the vacant U.S. ambassador positions in the Middle East?

The Senator Rand Paul is blocking the nominations because of a long standing request that he has made. As early as July 17th the Biden administration has made requests to get the nominations with ...
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Has the Palestinian Authority issued some official statement on the situation in May 2021?

The nominal leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has consistently opposed the rocket campaign of Hamas, since at least 2005, and continues to do so. This conflict underlines the extent ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

In Gaza right now, the Israeli far-right says the quiet part out loud. From CNN: Far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who also holds a position in the Defense Ministry, says that Israel “will ...
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What reason would the Obama Administration have for releasing $221M to Palestine, right before leaving office?

Basically, it's related to the US abstinent on UN Vote on Israeli Settlements (United Nations Security Council 2334). As quoted, then Secretary of State John Kerry said on the reason for abstaining: “...
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What role does China play in Afghanistan today?

Between 2000-2017, China was not very active in Afghanistan. China did not contribute troops to fight the Taliban, though it did provide several hundred million dollars of foreign aid to the Afghan ...
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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

There were apparently no laws for asylum seekers in any Gulf countries until autumn 2018. Qatar: Gulf’s First Refugee Asylum Law [...] Qatar passed Law No. 11/2018 on Organizing Political Asylum on ...
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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?

As the comments rightfully note, there's always a political force by whose opinion various decisions "can be seen" differently. For instance, there's a long-lasting political debate over ...
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Why is redrawing the artificial borders not a viable solution to conflicted states?

Because trying to redraw the border would just start the next round of wars. Most ethnic groups overlap their neighbors -- especially when countries have large capitals or ports that attract people ...
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Why are there never-ending wars in the Middle East?

This is both a pretty broad question and the answers (even from experts) are going to be opinion based to a good extent, so my answer is going to be a rather trite listicle of reasons that have been ...
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Why was Saddam Hussein captured but Assad is still spared by America?

Here are a couple easy ones. Iraq occurred first, and the war in Iraq turned out to be, at the very least, quite unpopular. When the situation in Syria came up, many people were fed up with the idea ...
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Do Sunnis support monarchy and Shias support republic?

If anything it is the other way round. The key political difference between Sunni and Shia Islam is the status of the family of the prophet. In Shia Islam, God chose Ali, who was Muhammad's cousin ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

I think this gets a bit more oversold in China, relative to the US, that's why you're so surprised. Coverage does exist, at least in [digital] "print", sometimes actually quite laudatory of ...
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Why is Hizb ut-Tahrir outlawed in Muslim countries but allowed in Western Countries?

Most Muslim countries are governed by authoritarian regimes. An authoritarian regime usually outlaws any organizations which threaten their authority. Most Western countries, on the other hand, are ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

The 42% of Jews who say that [West Bank] settlements "help Israeli security" isn't too far from the percentage that wants [parts of] the West Bank annexed, as 2020 poll found: Half of ...
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Why did Arab spring and Iranian green revolution fail, but the European revolutions didn't?

Revolutions tend to fail rather often. Depending on your idea of what a success is, you could even say that no revolution ever achieved its goals in full - it's kind of hard when most revolutions were ...
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Why are most US news programs silent about Iran-Saudi deal announced at Beijing on March 10th?

In addition to my comments that suggest part of this is American News Media has a historically poor record for covering international stories unless it is a tragedy OR involves U.S. interests in some ...
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What makes the Golan Heights a geopolitical region and strategically important for Israel?

The strategic importance is in military utility. Due to geography. It's a commanding height allowing observation and fire (and nowadays, line-of-sight for controlling drones etc) into SW Syria or ...
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What makes the Golan Heights a geopolitical region and strategically important for Israel?

Prior to Israel taking the Golan Heights during the Six Day War in 1967, Syria had routinely shelled Israel from the Golan Heights. Israel had decided that to prevent future attacks from the Golan ...
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Why would US NOT sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

I found this comment to be insightful But the House of Saud always had an almost literal killer counterargument, that they were probably better than any regime that would replace them. Often the ...
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Why do Muslim refugees seek asylum in Europe and not in rich countries in the Middle East?

There are several rich "Muslim" states in Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and so on. It seems that none of them want to receive Syrian, Iraqi, North African and other Muslim refugees. ...
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Is Iran missile strike the first unanswered strike to the US after Cuban crisis?

It depends how you define "strike", but the North Korean capture of USS Pueblo came after the Cuban crisis. And during the capture Pueblo came under fire, resulting in the death of one crew: The ...
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Why does the U.S. send foreign aid to Palestine at all?

From the comments: [...] They're humans, enduring constant tragedies, and we have the capability to help them [sic] - TylerH 2021-05-17 At any rate, you can read about why in the US government's ...
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Why are most Islamic countries less democratic/more corrupt than most Western countries?

First, let's get some insider information from the man on the ground: I live in Algeria, a North African country. I don't know about the Middle East, but there's no North African islamic government. ...
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