Press Review, 14 February 2018

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Iraq Wants $88 Billion for Rebuilding. Allies Offer a Fraction of That. An Iraq fund-raising conference in Kuwait attended by dozens of potential donors was headed for failure on Tuesday, with barely $4 billion pledged — none from the United States (the New York Times).


In a bid to clean up its image, Saudi Arabia is giving up a key European mosque. Since 1969, Belgium leased the Grand Mosque in Brussels to Saudi Arabia in return for cheaper oil for its industry.The deal gave Saudi-backed imams important access to the growing Muslim community in Belgium. But that’s all about to change (Quartz).


“She is not a ‘Abid”: blackness among slave descendants in southern Tunisia. Connected first by a slave-master relationship and now by geographical proximity, the ‘white’ and ‘black’ populations of Ghbonton, Tunisia have a complex relationship with each other (Open Democracy).


A new political scandal in Egypt? Egypt's former army chief of staff Sami Anan said to have secret documents that could be released if he is threatened (al-Jazeera).