6th Jun 2020

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2 days ago (no comments)

Syria and Iran can cope with another round of US sanctions. The Lebanese are the most vulnerable targets of the ‘Caeser Act’.

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The Trump administration is promising Syria and its allies in Iran and Lebanon a fresh package of ‘suffocating’ sanctions in two weeks’ time with the coming into force of the so-called ‘Caesar Act’, whose provisions were passed by both houses of Congress last December.

The aim of this legislation is not only to suffocate Syria but also to inflict as much economic pain as possible on its backers, especially in Lebanon, Iran, and Russia.

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1 week ago (no comments)

The backlash against the killing of George Floyd could cost the president the second term he craves

By Abdel Bari Atwan

 

 

Protests and riots have continued in Minneapolis and other US cities since the killing of an unarmed African-American who was suffocated to death by white police officers after they pinned him down by the neck and ignored his pleas to stop and spare his life.

This horrific crime, filmed on a mobile phone camera, has once again brought explosively to the fore the perennial issue of the racism faced by Black Americans at the hands of the police and other state agencies.

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3 weeks ago (one comments)

Tehran will retaliate in the Gulf if Trump uses force to stop its fuel deliveries to Venezuela

By Abdel Bari Atwan

A new front could open up at any time in the conflict between Iran and the US, not in the scorching waters of the Gulf but in the faraway Caribbean Sea. We are all bracing for the fuse to be lit or the trigger pulled.

It began when the Iranian authorities decided to send five tanker-loads of fuel to Venezuela to help their ally, President Nicolas Maduro. His country is suffering a severe gasoline shortage due to US sanctions, which have blocked its access to fuel imports and prevented it from obtaining the parts needed to maintain its oil refineries.

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3 weeks ago (no comments)

Everything possible must be done to resist Netanyahu’s scheme, even if that leads to military confrontation

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to extend Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank effectively means annulling the Palestinian Authority (PA) and abandoning the Oslo Accords and the two-state solution. It sets the stage overtime for the expulsion of hundreds of thousands if not millions of Palestinians from the major population centres to Jordan, which the Israeli right deems to be their ‘alternative homeland’.

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3 weeks ago (no comments)

The reaction of Haftar’s external backers to his latest defeat could determine the country’s future

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The capture on Monday of the al-Watiya airbase 140 km southwest of Tripoli by forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) dealt a powerful blow to Gen. Khalifa Haftar and his foreign backers. This setback could put paid to his ambitions to take control of the western Libyan coastline and especially the capital, which he has been besieging for the past year, unless his backers — principally Egypt, the UAE, France, Russia and Saudi Arabia  — throw their full weight behind him, as Turkey has done with the GNA.

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4 weeks ago (one comments)

A showdown over Nile waters is looming as the world looks the other way

By Abdel Bari Atwan

While the world is diverted by the coronavirus crisis, Ethiopia is just weeks away from starting to fill the reservoir of its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, to the great dismay of Egypt whose vital supply of water stands to be severely reduced.

Last week, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri sent a letter to all members of the UN Security Council setting out the country’s perspective on developments in the long-running dispute over the dam, detailing its efforts to reach an equitable solution, and warning of the dangers if the deadlock persists.

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4 weeks ago (one comments)

Further austerity measures expected as revenues plummet and the deficit grows

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The Saudi government’s decision to raise the VAT rate from 5% to 15% and scrap the monthly 1,000 riyals ($225) cost of the living allowance paid to public sector employees is only a start. Further painful austerity measures are likely to follow in order to plug the kingdom’s budget deficit that currently stands at $112 billion and is set to grow. Finance Minister Muhammad al-Jadaan alluded to this last week in an unusually candid interview with the al-Arabiya TV channel.

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3rd May 2020 (no comments)

Netanyahu is trying to achieve several objectives while the world looks elsewhere

By Abdel Bari Atwan

There has been a steady upping of the pace of unprovoked Israeli military attacks on Syria recently. As presumably intended, this escalation has gone largely unreported in the international media and unnoticed by an outside world preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Israeli warplanes launched a missile strike on a military base near the city of Hama, causing extensive casualties.

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1st May 2020 (no comments)

Repressive regimes have been relatively successful at containing the pandemic. Their real problems begin once it’s over.

By Abdel Bari Atwan

There is no disputing that the majority of Arab states are governed by dictatorial regimes, varying only in degree. But its must be admitted, as even some Western observers concede, that these dictatorships have proven effective at confronting the coronavirus outbreak and containing its spread. They have done so by imposing drastic measures such as states of emergency and curfews in addition to closing down shops, businesses and places of worship.

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16th April 2020 (2 comments)

Rich Arab states, and others, should step in to make up for the US cut-off of WHO funding

By Abdel Bari Atwan

We all know that US President Donald Trump resents China and is desperate to blame its mishandling of the early stages of the coronavirus crisis for the subsequent global pandemic. That was only to be expected. But when he turns his fire on the World Health Organization (WHO), which everyone agrees has provided invaluable services to humanity, that attitude is put into context: Trump’s hatred, contempt and racism extends to any country or institution in the world that is successful and effective independently of the US.

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أردوغان والسراج يحتَفِلان في أنقرة باستِعادة السيطرة الكاملة على طرابلس.. وحفتر ينتظر في القاهرة طوق النّجاة.. ووفد من “الوفاق” في موسكو حامِلًا صفقةً مُغريةً لبوتين.. هل تتقدّم قوّاتها شرقًا وجنوبًا للسّيطرة على آبار النفط؟ وما أسباب القلق الفِرنسي؟
ما هي فُرص نجاح جُهود ترامب لتحقيق المُصالحة الخليجيّة؟ وما هو سقف “المُرونة” القطريّة التي يَكثُر الحديث عنها هذه الأيّام؟ إغلاق “الجزيرة” كُلِّيًّا أم ترويضها؟ وماذا عن التّحالفات الاستراتيجيّة مع إيران وتركيا عَسكريًّا وسِياسيًّا؟ وأين الكويت وسَط هذه التحرّكات؟
عُنصريّة ترامب هديّةٌ ربّانيّةٌ لتفتيت أمريكا وإضعافها ولهذه الأسباب نتمنّى نجاحه في الانتِخابات.. نعم.. أزيحو رُكبَتكم عن أعناقنا فنحن نختنق أيضًا.. أوباما كان “أسمر” البشَرة “أبيض” القلب والثّقافة.. لماذا لا نُبرِّئ أنفسنا كعرب من العُنصريّة؟
فرنسا تعلن مقتل زعيم “القاعدة ببلاد المغرب” في مالي
الرئاسة الجزائرية قد تتجه نحو التمديد لمناقشة الدستور الجديد و63 بالمئة من التعديلات عميقة وشاملة وتقليص صلاحيات الرئيس تعبيرا عن مطالب الحراك وأيلول المقبل موعد الاستفتاء الشعبي
 صحف مصرية: ملك الأردن ونبل الشهادة! آخر مستجدات سد النهضة! أخطر عيوب المصريين! قرقاش: الخليج لن يعود إلى ما كان عليه قبل أزمة قطر والحل معروف! الطريقة السليمة لارتداء الكمامة مع تناول الطعام ومدة استخدامها.. عندما سخرت صباح من زكي رستم فصفعها على وجهها أمام الجميع 
“واشنطن بوست”: البنتاغون يحبط محاولة ترامب توريط الجيش في قمع الاحتجاجات
هآرتس: جنود إسرائيليون اقتحموا منزلا سوريا وقتلوا من كانوا فيه دون سبب
رامي الشاعر: ترامب: الى الوراء درّ!
ألكسندر نازاروف: هل تلعب الصين دور الاتحاد السوفيتي في الشرق الأوسط؟
“إسرائيل تنكث بالمعاهدة ومن شابه أباه فما ظلم”.. فيصل الفايز يقيّم ويتوقع لـ “رأي اليوم”: نحتاج لقمّة عربية مختلفة وأتفق مع الكباريتي بغض النظر عن التسمية.. ومستثمرون منهم عراقيون قد يكونوا وراء تقرير صندوق النقد.. استمزاجي لخلافة الرزاز إشاعات و”لنتحمل بعض”
رجاء بكريّة: زمن الكورونا وثقافة الإستكلاب
فـوزي حساينية: هل “ششناق” بطل أسطوري أم بطل أسطورة؟ وما الحرف الأنسب لكتابة الأمازيغية.. الحرف العربي أم الحرف اللاتيني؟
السفير بلال المصري: إمكانية إقتراب مصر العسكري المُحتمل من مصدر تهديد أمنها القومي
الدكتور حسين عمر توقه: جورج فلويد شعار العصيان المدني الأمريكي
نضال ابوزيد: الاردن: إعلان النصر بحذر ووزير الصحة يعيد تموضعه ويشكي ما معي واسطه و البطاينة عن وضعه المالي “الي بدري بدري”
د. حمد الرقعي: تعايش أم تطبيع لتحقيق مناعة القطيع
د. أروى الشاعر: إصحوا يا عرب من شيطانية “فَرِّقْ تَسُدْ”
حميد لعدايسية: عودة إلى رسالة الدكتور أحمد طالب
محمد النوباني: في الذكرى الـ 53 لهزيمة حزيران 67 امريكا كانت ولا زالت سبب نكبتنا المستمرة؟!
رنا العفيف: ناقوس الخطر يدق عرش ترامب قبل عبوره للولاية الثانية
د. حسين البناء: انحسار فايروس كورونا و نظرية المؤامرة المرافقة له
ربى يوسف شاهين: التطوّرات في الساحة الإقليمية ومسألة الحرب العسكرية !