13th Nov 2019


2 days ago (no comments)

Is the cancellation of the lease arrangement with Israel a sign of things to come?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

King Abdallah II of Jordan gave a speech to parliament on Sunday in which he announced the restoration of full Jordanian sovereignty over the territories of Baqoura in the north and Ghumar in the south which had been leased to Israel for 25 years as part of the Wadi Arba Treaty. State television meanwhile broadcast live images of Jordanian soldiers raising the national flag over Baqoura.

2 weeks ago (no comments)

Was Hariri’s resignation dictated by the US and Saudi Arabia?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Opinion in Lebanon and the Arab world is divided over the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s government 13 days after the outbreak of mass popular protests. Some viewed it as a dereliction of responsibility that offers no solution to the crisis but deepens it. Others cast as a courageous response to the protestors’ demands aimed at preventing a slide into civil war amid rising sectarian tensions.

3 weeks ago (one comments)

There are good reasons to doubt Trump’s account of his latest ‘triumph’

By Abdel Bari Atwan

We never knew how good an actor President Donald Trump was until his press conference on Sunday announcing that US Special Forces had killed Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria’s Idlib province. He basked in self-awarded triumph and behaved as though he had achieved a monumental victory, as though he had defeated the Soviet Union at the height of its power. Each and every one of his utterances and movements, even his facial gestures, were carefully calculated and pre-rehearsed.

4 weeks ago (no comments)

An updated  Adana Treaty could be the lifeline everyone needs

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The summit meeting to be held in Moscow shortly between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan may prove to be a pivotal event. It could open the door to the restoration of relations between Turkey and Syria and the revival of their 1998 Adana Treaty — perhaps followed by a signing ceremony bringing the Syrian and Turkish presidents together under the auspices of their Russian counterpart.

This is what the Russian have been carefully preparing for, in the hope of drawing a line under the war in Syria, removing all foreign forces from the country and reasserting the state’s sovereignty over all its territory and border crossings.

4 weeks ago (no comments)

The country continues to serve as an inspiration for the rest of the Arab World

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Tunisia keeps on springing surprises, pleasant ones included. Its latest pleasant surprise was the landslide victory of retired constitutional law professor Kais Saied in the presidential election run-off. He won twice as many votes as his predecessor the late Baji Caid Essebsi, and more than the total number cast by voters who took part in the country’s parliamentary polls.

Essebsi is reckoned to have won the presidency largely on the strength of the women’s vote – 1.2 million out of 1.7 female voters backed him.  

10th October 2019 (no comments)

The US pull-out from northern Syria is a poisoned chalice for Turkey

By Abdel Bari Atwan

US President Donald Trump is often derided as a fool and his foreign policy as a failure, especially in the Middle East.  This description is unquestionably apt. But his surprise decision to pull the US’ 2,000-strong military force out of northern Syria, after deeming its mission ‘futile’, and to abandon his Kurdish allies there, is a smart act of strategic reappraisal. It is an admission of defeat and an attempt to cut Washington’s losses after it spent tens of billions of dollars engaging in the war in Syria.

4th October 2019 (no comments)

The Iranians know they have the upper hand in dealing with the US

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Iranian President Hasan Rohani dealt a slap to the face of his US counterpart Donald Trump when he refused to take part in the phone call arranged between the two men by France’s Emmanuel Macron. It was supposed to take place amid much publicity on the side-lines of the annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York, which all three leaders were attending. Macron had his people set up a special secure phone line for the purpose.

1st October 2019 (no comments)

Saudi crown prince is suddenly keen on peace in Yemen and dialogue with Iran

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The interview with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin-Salman aired by the American CBS channel on Sunday was noteworthy in three respects.

First, he spoke and behaved like Saudi Arabia’s absolute ruler. He barely mentioned his father King Salman and accepted responsibility for the murder of Jamal Kashoggi in his capacity as the country’s chief executive in charge of its three million state employees.

28th September 2019 (no comments)

The Saudi crown prince’s latest bid to deny blame for the journalist’s murder won’t wash

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s partial admission of responsibility for the murder last year of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul seems at first to be big news and a bold step. But a closer reading of the text of his remarks, made in an interview with the American PBS channel for a documentary to be aired next week, reveals it to be no such thing.

26th September 2019 (no comments)

Can renewed protests loosen the grip of the military establishment?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

I have been wary of writing about Egypt recently. Not because there is nothing to write about. Egypt is a pivotal country in the Arab world and a hive of ceaseless activity. The problem is the ‘if you’re not with us you’re against us’ attitude of both the regime and its opponents towards their critics. If you find fault with the regime you are branded as a Muslim Brotherhood apologist. And if you try to understand aspects of its behaviour – in terms of giving priority to economic development and trying to avoid the bloody fate that befell Syria and Libya – you are labelled as a counter-revolutionary, advocate of dictatorship and enemy of the Arab Spring.

الأسد يكشِف لأوّل مرّة أسرارًا جديدةً عن الأسباب الحقيقيّة للأزَمة السوريّة.. ما هي؟ ولماذا حرَص على نسف نظريّة خط أنابيب الغاز القطري المُنافس للروسي الآن؟ وما هي المعلومات التي أماط عنها اللّثام حول السّرقة الأمريكيّة للنّفط السوري؟
أردوغان في زيارةٍ تاريخيّةٍ لواشنطن.. حتى متى يستمر في الجُلوس على المِقعدين الروسيّ والأمريكيّ في الوقتِ نفسه؟ وهل ستُؤدّي الصّداقة القويّة بين الصّهرين كوشنر والبيرق إلى إلغاء صفقة صواريخ “إس 400” الروسيّة لمصلحة نَظيرتها الأمريكيّة؟
لماذا اجتمع مجلس الحرب الإسرائيلي مرتين الأسبوع الماضي لمناقشة سيناريو الرعب الإيراني؟ هل سيكون نتنياهو “المأزوم” من يوجه الضربة الأولى؟ وكيف سيكون الرد الذي لن تستطيع القبة الحديدية مواجهته؟ وما هي الأسباب التي دفعت ايران لإبعاد الجاسوسة “النووية” وسحب اعتمادها؟
“الجزيرة” تقول إن القاهرة سمحت لصحفيها الموقوف بحضور جنازة والده
ثلثا إسرائيل بحالة شللٍ تامٍّ والمُقاومة تُواصِل إمطار الكيان بالقذائف والصواريخ وإسرائيل تُعوِّل على عدم مُشاركة (حماس) ومصادر بتل أبيب: “قتلنا أبو العطا وهربنا وخسِرنا مرّةً أخرى”
صحف مصرية: ابنة د. مصطفى محمود: “هيكل” منعه من الكتابة بسبب مقال عن “هتلر” ولهذا السبب كان يقيم في شقة متواضعة و السادات عرض عليه أن يكون وزيرا لكنه رفض ولم يكن ملحدا.. حجازي: ندمتُ بعد هجائي للعقاد! إصابة كارتر بنزيف في المخ!
نيويورك تايمز : الكشف عن “دبلوماسية خفية” بين صهري ترامب وأردوغان لـ”تصحيح المسار” في العلاقات بين أنقرة وواشنطن
واشنطن بوست: ترامب يعرض على أردوغان صفقة بـ100 مليار دولار للالتفاف على العقوبات التي توعدت بها واشنطن بسبب صفقة صواريخ “إس–400” الروسية
الغارديان: ترامب يستشيط غضبا والديمقراطيون يستعدون لجلسات استماع علنية مريرة
ديلي تلغراف: عائلة الأسد تملك عقارات في روسيا قيمتها تزيد عن 30 مليون جنيه استرليني
430 عملية اغتيال نفذتها إسرائيل بحق فلسطينيين منذ مطلع القرن 
إبراهيم عبدالله صرصور: “لعبة الانتخابات/السياسة والحرب” الإسرائيلية مرة اخرى..
بلال المصري: السعودية: قدم إنزلقت في مستنقع اليمن وأخري تخطو نحو الساحل الأفريقي
بشارة مرهج: نقاش مفتوح مع “الحاكم” رياض سلامه
ميشيل شحادة: اساليب التحكم الاستعماري والانتفاضات الشعبية العربية
ميس القناوي: المطلوب الأول في قطاع غزة.. بهاء ابو عطا
الدكتور حسن مرهج: الهواجس الاسرائيلية تُجاه إيران.. تحديات متزايدة
أحمد الدثني: الجنوب: وريث الشرعية وصانع السلام في اليمن
حمدي العطار: الأحتجاجات العراقية وحيوية التغيير
خالد الهواري: السعودية وايران وجهان لعملة واحدة
ربى يوسف شاهين: بين اسرائيل وفصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية.. جدار اسمنت
الطيب النقر: جناية السياسة على الدكتور الترابي وفكره
عبدالله المساوي: ثورات العرب: حمل كاذب وسراب بقيعة يحسبه الظمآن ماء!
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