27th Nov 2020

English

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The Arab-Israeli normalisation fad will not last long. And the regimes involved will live to regret it.

By Abdel Bari Atwan

With all the Israeli media confirming that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia on Sunday for talks with Crown Prince Muhammad Bin-Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin-Farhan’s awkward denial that any such meeting took place was unconvincing in the extreme.

True, Netanyahu’s office refused to confirm or deny the gathering held at the complex of royal palaces in north-eastern Saudi Arabia at the site of the planned ‘mega-city’ of Neom.

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…and how will Riyadh react to Ankara’s growing regional and Islamic role?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

On the eve of the G-20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, King Salman phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and they agreed to resolve outstanding differences between their two countries through dialogue. This move not only reflected the kingdom’s eagerness to ensure that Erdogan would personally take part in the ‘virtual’ gathering, Turkey being the only other Muslim member of the G-20.

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2 weeks ago (no comments)

Trump may be planning to make his exit in a blaze of military ‘glory’

By Abdel Bari Atwan

With Donald Trump seemingly beginning to accept that he lost the presidential election, everyone is wondering what he intends to do in the two months he has left in the White House before his presumed departure date of 20 January.

One possibility is that he will try to leave office in a blaze of military ‘glory’ as a decisive strongman by ordering devastating air and missile strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities — after quickly withdrawing US troops from the Middle East (especially Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria) to prevent them being targeted for retaliation.

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… for accelerating the decline of the USA as a global power

By Abdel Bari Atwan

For the past half century or more, most administrations in Washington have taken action to change regimes that oppose US political or military hegemony and even to redraw national borders, whether by military, political or economic means. The USA now seems to be getting a self-administered dose of its own medicine. Change is coming to America, in terms both of its national identity and domestic politics and its status as a global superpower.

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Are we facing a fresh wave of terror that poisons relations between European governments and their Muslim populations?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Monday evening’s terrorist attack in Vienna was a serious development. It could prove to be the prelude to more acts of horrific and indiscriminate violence against civilians in Europe that aggravates current tensions between incumbent governments and their Muslim immigrant communities.

This act of terror differed in several important respects from the previous attacks that took place recently in France and other European countries.

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The French president has second thoughts about Muslim-baiting for political advantage

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Emmanuel Macron went on the Al- Jazeera channel on Saturday to say he understands the feelings of Muslims shocked by the displaying of offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and qualify his fulsome defence of the drawings. “I think that the reactions came as a result of lies and distortions of my words because people understood that I supported these cartoons,” he explained.

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26th October 2020 (no comments)

 

Is Trump trying to avert a war between Egypt and Ethiopia, or incite one?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Donald Trump’s warning that Egypt might ‘blow up’ Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) to protect its vital water supplies raised many eyebrows. The US president not only made the dramatic prediction suddenly and without any prompting but justified and seemed to endorse and even encourage such action. Trump described the impasse over the dam as “a very dangerous situation because Egypt is not going to be able to live that way,” adding: “They’ll end up blowing up the dam.

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23rd October 2020 (no comments)

If Lebanon’s reappointed premier wants to fight corruption, he could start by admitting his own and his family’s share of responsibility

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Even by Lebanese and Arab standards, President Michel Aoun’s reappointment of Saad al-Hariri as prime minister was bizarre. Never in the history of ‘Arab revolutions’ has a head of government been forced to resign due to mass anti-corruption protests only to be reinstated a year later, under a French initiative and heavy American pressure, in the guise of a reformer.

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21st October 2020 (no comments)

Slowly but surely, Syria’s enemies have been beating a path to its d

 

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Syria may not have returned to the Arab League. But it is clear that the countries that suspended its membership of the organisation a decade ago at the behest of the US are slowly but surely returning to Damascus – if not on the orders of, then at least without opposition from, Washington.

 Three recent developments illustrate an important change of attitudes towards Syria and the government of President Bashar al-Asad.

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12th October 2020 (no comments)

A tangled web of alliances and realignments is forming over the latest conflict in the Caucasus

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The wars that have afflicted our ‘Middle East’ region incessantly since the start of the last century have taught us two things: that ‘dormant’ ethnic and religious conflicts can be reawakened at any moment; and when truces are agreed they prove unreliable and short-lived so long as the underlying causes are not tackled.

The breakdown of the Russian-brokered humanitarian cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh – where hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced on both sides in the past two weeks – did not therefore come as a surprise.

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هل اقتربت الضّربة لإيران بعد إعلان حالة التأهّب القُصوى في صُفوف الجيش الإسرائيلي ووصول القاذفة العِملاقة “B52” إلى الخليج؟ وهل كان اجتِماع “نيوم” الثّلاثي السرّي بين نِتنياهو وبومبيو وبن سلمان لوضع سِيناريو الهُجوم وتوزيع الأدوار؟ وما صحّة التّقارير التي تتحدّث عن فُتورٍ في العُلاقات المِصريّة السعوديّة ولماذا؟
هُبوط أوّل طائرة تجاريّة إماراتيّة في مطار تل أبيب ونِتنياهو على رأسِ المُحتفلين بوصولها.. لماذا هذه “المُناكفة” بالتّطبيع؟ وهل فواكة وخضروات يافا والجولان وشبعا المسروقة أولى من نظيراتها الأردنيّة والسوريّة واللبنانيّة والعِراقيّة لتتصدّر أسواق دبيّ وأبو ظبي؟
إيران في حالة طوارئ تَوقُّعًا لسيناريو عُدواني أمريكي قبل رحيل ترامب.. اغتِيالاتٌ في سورية ولبنان والعِراق وغزّة واليمن.. ونصرالله على رأسِ القائمة.. وهُجوم سيبراني على مُفاعلاتٍ نوويّة.. لماذا نعتقد أنّ زيارة بومبيو لتل أبيب والرياض وأبوظبي والدوحة لتوزيع الأدوار؟
المقداد يؤدي اليمين الدستورية وزيرا للخارجية والمغتربين
بعد أسبوعين من فتح معبر الكركرات، الأمم المتحدة تؤكد استمرار المناوشات العسكرية في الصحراء الغربية والغموض يلف سقوط الضحايا
نيويورك تايمز: جنوح الحكومة الفرنسية نحو اليمين يقض مضاجع المدافعين عن الحريات المدنية ويثير تساؤلات عن وضعية ماكرون
“ستراتفور”: السعوديون يريدون الخروج من اليمن
صحيفة امريكية: مقتل ضابط في وكالة سي آي إيه في الصومال
نيويورك تايمز: بايدن وفريقه مستعدون لقيادة العالم وليس للعزلة عنه
“إسرائيل ديفينس”: الجيش الإسرائيلي لم يتلقَ أمراً بالاستعداد لحرب مع إيران
د. يوسف يونس: تقدير موقف – المصالحة الفلسطينية ما بين الاستراتيجية والتكتيك
عزالدين عناية: ماذا فعلت الإنترنيت بالدين؟
الجزائر: المؤتمر العربي السادس للتدريب.. ﺗﺪﺍﻋﻴﺎﺕ ﺟﺎﺋﺤﺔ ﻛﻮﺭﻭﻧﺎ ﻭﻣﺴﺘﻘﺒﻞ ﺍﻟﻤﻮﺍﺭﺩ ﺍﻟﺒﺸﺮﻳﺔ باﻟﻮﻃﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻲ
إبراهيم عبدالله صرصور: العودة الى العقل: السبيل الوحيد لإنقاذ “المشتركة”؟!
د. طارق ليساوي: العلاقات الصينية – الأمريكية على ضوء توقيع أسيا و المحيط الهادي لاتفاقية ”  RCEP “..
ابراهيم شير: سوريا والحرب.. ماذا كسبنا وماذا خسرنا
سليم البطاينة:  لا ضريبة على المرض ! لماذا لا تُصفر الضريبة على الأدوية ويُعاد رفعُها على البرّايات والمحّايات
 د. سنية الحسيني: يوم التضامن مع الشعب الفلسطيني: مناسبة للتذكير باستمرار معاناته
حسام عبد الكريم: من شهداء الرأي والموقف في تاريخنا: غيلان الدمشقي
عزيز أشيبان: ما يستشف من تسابق الكبار نحو الإعلان عن التوصل إلى لقاح ضد فيروس كورونا
د. خالد رمضان عبد اللطيف: حقبة ترامب.. وشخصنة العلاقات الدولية
توفيق أبو شومر: هدية مستوطنة، بسغوت لبومبيو!
ياسر أبوغليون: حقائق واضاءات حول الاسلاموفوبيا
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