Gaza triumphed and has every right to celebrate

Abdel Bari Atwan

 

 

 

Gaza triumphed because they deserved this victory during a time in which there have been many defeats and during which conspiracies have grown within this nation and faith. Once again, I thank Gaza, its people, its martyrs…Gaza triumphed because they deserved this victory during a time in which there have been many defeats and during which conspiracies have grown within this nation and faith. Once again, I thank Gaza, its people,


Erdogan’s Caliphate Dilemmas

By Abdel Bari Atawn

Erdogan will be re-inaugurated as President of Turkey next Thursday… But regional developments threaten the future of Turkey and the map of alliances is changing rapidly according to the advances of the ‘Islamic State’. How will Erdogan respond?

 Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former Prime Minister of Turkey, will become President on Thursday, having won the presidential ballot with a resounding victory unmatched since that of the founder of modern


Israeli Sabotage of Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The issue of sabotaging the national reconciliation between Fatah and HAMAS movements and the resulting formation of a consensus government led by Dr Rami al-Hamdallah occupies the most prominent rank among the Israeli objective, which stands behind the current aggression against the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the martyrdom of more than 2,000 people, one quarter of whom are children, in addition to the wounding of 10,000 others, and the destruction


The Real Terrorist State On The Shores Of The Med

By Abdel Bari Atwan

 

Writing about the Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron warned – in an article published in this week’s Sunday Telegraph – of a ‘terrorist state’ on the Mediterranean coast which represented a real and present danger to the UK.

Cameron was worried about this terrorist state’s ‘expansionist plans’ and it is true that the Islamic State already covers an area the size of the United Kingdom


Iraq crisis: Chickens come home to roost for the West [Abdel Bari Atwan in Gulf News]

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News
  • Published: 20:00 August 17, 2014
  • Gulf News

At the beginning of last week, a full scale military intervention by a US-led ‘Coalition of the Willing’ looked likely. Under the banner of delivering ‘humanitarian relief’ to thousands of terrified Yazidis — who fled up Northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar as the murderous brigades of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) entered their villages — US planes were flying 100 sorties a day


Recent Victories For Assad Regime Overshadowed By Growing Threat From Isis

By Abdel bari Atwan

Events in Syria have been overshadowed by news from Iraq and the Islamic State’s advances there in recent weeks. The geographical expansion of the Islamic State and the threat it poses to the oil rich environs of Kurdistan has absorbed all Western attention and is at the top of its foreign policy agenda.

Recently, the Syrian Army has been making something of a comeback after suffering humiliation at the hands of the Islamic State in the provinces of Al-Raqqah


If KSA Wants To Avoid Islamic State Threat It Must Change Its Gaza Stance

 By Abdel bari Atwan

Nearly a month after the beginning of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Sa’ud al-Faysal abandoned his silence when he said at a press conference he convened at the end of the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC]; “Israel has no right to self-defence, because it is an occupying entity.” Al-Faysal pointed out that Saudi Arabia “considers the Palestinian cause as its primary


Change of Iraqi PM: Too Late To Halt Islamic State?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It comes as no surprise that all external parties back the Iraqi President Fuad Massum’s move to replace Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with another figure from the same Dawa’a party, Haidar Al-Abbadi.  For two consecutive terms, Maliki was Iran’s man in Iraq and Tehran supported him and ensured his political survival. The rise of the Islamic State has changed all equations and turned regional diplomatic and political relations


US Hypocritical ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention In Iraq While Gaza Bleeds

By Abdel bari Atwan

The United States of America has yet to militarily intervene in a country without transforming it into a ruined, failed state, overrun by Islamists – this is what has happened in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

When George Bush junior, on the pretext of WMDs, ordered the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein and bestow freedom and democracy on that unfortunate nation, he declared ‘job done’ after just a few weeks. A raging


No First World War Celebrations Here, Thanks (Abdel Bari Atwan in Gulf News)

Celebrations in West, lamentations in Mideast

The First World War had established a new paradigm for western interventions in the Middle East, which continues to this day

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

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I grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza. I remember when I was very young, how we children were fascinated by a beautifully stocked and well-maintained garden, which stood in the middle of all the dirt and overcrowded chaos that we inhabited. An armed guard protected