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The Middle East Wasn't Waiting for Biden, Who Returns Home With Not Much but Hope

Whether it comes to Israel ties, Chinese influence or oil prices, U.S. President Biden is being forced to contend with a Middle East where regional strategy is dictated by Arab countries themselves

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The hasty fist bump between U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman invited, as expected, a flood of criticism regarding the “normalization” of relations between the American president and the man who, according to U.S. intelligence, likely ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “A disgrace,” “humiliating,” and “an insult to human rights” were only some of the furious terms used by Western media, mainly in the United States.

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