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Episode #124: Muscat’s Out of the Bag (feat. Karen Young)

by Phil & Cooper Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Oman’s leader, Sultan Qaboos, died last week after ruling the country for 50 years. Qaboos is considered the father of modern Oman, so Phil and Cooper explore his life, the coup d’etat that changed his destiny, and the social and economic realities for Omanis under his rule. And what do we know about his successor? Al-Monitor Gulf Pulse contributor Karen Young joins the podcast to lend her expertise on the overlooked Gulf nation and more.

Extra Listening:

  • Episode #9,  Qatar? I Hardly Know Her (6/7/2017): A group of Gulf countries and Egypt place a controversial embargo on Qatar for supporting terrorism and having diplomatic relations with Iran.

Music: Sal Davis - “Sultan Qaboos Song” ( YouTube)

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