22nd Feb 2020


2 weeks ago (no comments)

Turkey has a lot to lose if it doesn’t back down in Syria, and pledges of US support can’t be taken seriously

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Russian President Vladimir Putin has conspicuously failed, so far, to respond to his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erodgan’s repeated requests for a face-to-face meeting to discuss the escalation of military clashes in Idlib province, which risks leading to all-out war as the Syrian army advances in the area, retaking dozens of villages and three key towns – Khan Shikhoun, Maarat an-Nu’man and Saraqeb – and reopening the main Damascus-Aleppo and Aleppo-Latakia highways for the first time in 12 years.

2 weeks ago (no comments)

Is this the beginning of the end of the failed five-year-old Saudi-led intervention?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Just days before the fifth anniversary of the start of the war on Yemen, the UAE announced that it had completed the withdrawal of its troops from the country. At a grand ceremony on Sunday marking the soldiers’ return, Chief of Staff Gen. Issa al-Marzouqi declared that Emirati forces were pulled out after successfully “liberating” 85% of Yemen’s territory and training and arming around 200,000 local troops to continue the fight.

3 weeks ago (no comments)

The Turkish president’s misguided despatch of troops to Syria risks an unwinnable showdown with Russia

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The Turkish-Syrian clash in Idlib province – resulting in the death of six Turkish soldiers when their convoy was shelled by the Syrian army near the town of Saraqeb – ultimately reflects Russia’s growing frustration with President Recep Tayyip Erodgan. Moscow has lost patience with the Turkish leader’s failure to evacuate terrorist-designated groups and factions from Idlib city under the terms of the 2017 de-escalation agreement.

4 weeks ago (no comments)

Trump’s plan leaves the Palestinians with a stark choice: surrender or resist

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The ‘Deal of the Century’, was unveiled by its godfather Donald Trump and his sidekick Benjamin Netanyahu is an Instrument of Surrender for the Palestinian people and their leadership. It requires them to concede defeat and submit unconditionally to the terms of the Israeli victor. Failure to sign it will entail further repression and besiegement, and perhaps deportation to Jordan as an ‘alternative homeland’.

4 weeks ago (one comments)

The collapse of the PA and the revival of Palestinian resistance may be the only good thing to come out of Trump’s plan

By Abdel Bari Atwan

If there is anything worse than the ‘Deal of the Century’ whose details US President Donald Trump is due to announce shortly, it is the pathetic response of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the plan. It is fully cognisant of those details, yet has been behaving like a bemused onlooker.

Spokesman Nabil Abu-Rudeineh pledged the PA would take “measures” to oppose the scheme, declaring in an official statement that it would “demand that Israel assume its responsibilities as an occupying power.” The rival Hamas movement also vowed to foil the deal.

20th January 2020 (no comments)

The countries that colluded in the destruction of Libya are now pretending to be trying to save the country

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Nobody is saying it, but it has to be said. The countries currently trying to bring peace to Libya are the same countries that destroyed it ten years ago. Most of the twelve states that attended Sunday’s Berlin Conference – with the notable exception of Algeria – were and continue to be complicit in that process. They either contributed directly to Libya’s destruction or indirectly through their silence (and implicit approval) or their collusion via local or regional clients.

15th January 2020 (no comments)

By scuppering the cease-fire talks, Erdogan’s enemies are luring him into a war he needs to avoid

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Hopes that Russia and Turkey could broker a permanent cease-fire in Libya at talks in Moscow were scuppered when Gen. Khalifa Haftar refused to sign the agreement they negotiated and promptly decamped from the Russian capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was enraged, and vowed to teach the “putschist” warlord “the lesson he deserves” if he continues attacking the internationally-recognised government of Fayez Sarraj.

11th January 2020 (no comments)

If the US refuses to withdraw its troops they will eventually be forced out as they were in 2011

By Abdel Bari Atwan

President Donald Trump has no legal or moral right to reject the Iraqi government’s officially submitted request for the withdrawal of all US forces from Iraq. His refusal to pull them out defies both the Iraqi parliament’s vote and the agreement signed by the two sides that provided legal cover for the deployment of 5,300 American personnel in the country to train Iraqi forces and help them fight the Islamic State group (Daesh).

7th January 2020 (no comments)

Soleimani’s funeral shows the Iranian leadership is preparing for a fight

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The US has placed all its forces in the Middle East on maximum alert, sent nine giant B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and tightened security at its bases and embassies worldwide, while all the mediators it has sent to Tehran to appeal for restraint have failed. This is a climate of war, not of bracing for one-off strikes whose impact can be contained, enabling things to revert to how they were before the assassination of Qods Force commander Gen.

3rd January 2020 (one comments)

Israel has finally succeeded in luring Trump into a showdown with Iran

By Abdel Bari Atwan

US President Donald Trump has taken the Middle East to war. Friday’s assassination of Iran’s Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) leader Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis was the official declaration. With this clearly illegal killing of ten people in a supposedly friendly state, the ‘leader of the free world’ has sunk to the level of a mafia boss, taking yet another leaf out of the book of his mentor Benjamin Netanyahu.

ماذا يعني فوز مُرشّحي الحرس الثوري الإيراني بأغلبيّة مقاعد البرلمان في الانتخابات التشريعيّة الأخيرة؟ الانسِحاب من الاتّفاق النوويّ كُلّيًّا؟ وهل هو حُكم بالإعدام السياسيّ على روحاني وجناحه؟ ولماذا نعتقد أنّ الاعتِراف الأمريكيّ “الثالث” بخسائر أكبر في قاعدة “عين الأسد” سيُسرّع أعمال ثأريّة أكبر لاغتِيال سليماني؟
الجزائر في الذكرى الأولى لحِراكها الشعبيّ الحضاريّ والسلميّ.. لماذا نترحّم على روح الفقيد قايد صالح؟ ونُسَجِّل لهذا الحِراك إحباطه مُؤامرةً أخطر من تِلك التي استهدفت سورية؟ وكيف نرى الحاضِر ونَستقرِئ المُستقبل؟
مِصر تُواجه مُؤامرةً رباعيّةً لتعطيشها وضرب أمنها المائيّ وجرّها إلى حربٍ مع إثيوبيا حول سدّ النهضة.. كيف وما هي أطرافها؟ لماذا تغيّر الموقف الأمريكيّ فجأةً بعد زيارة بومبيو لأديس أبابا؟ وما هي أسباب القلق المِصري من اللّقاء التطبيعيّ بين نِتنياهو والبرهان في أوغندا؟
مصدر أخواني أردني: بوصلة الانتخابات تميل فجأةً إلى “المُشاركة”
الكويتي بعد القطري والسعودي “فجأة”: اتجاهات “خليجية” ثلاثية للاستثمار في الأردن.. تسارعٌ في تصريحات التضامن عبر السفراء ومليارات موعودة في قطاعات الطاقة والعقار والسياحة وزخم إفصاحات.. وغياب لـ”العنصر الإماراتي” في المشهد وعمّان لم تحصل على شيءٍ مُحدّدٍ بعد
بلومبرج: وزير داخلية حكومة الوفاق الليبية يطلب من واشنطن إقامة قاعدة عسكرية للتصدي للنفوذ الروسى
صحف مصرية: وزير الري الأسبق يجيب عن السؤال الخطير: ماذا لو استمر التعنت الإثيوبي؟ عندما جن جنون عبد الناصر من “مانشيت أخبار اليوم”! نوادر مصطفى وعلي أمين في ذكراهما! الدرس انتهى.. لموا الكراريس! الزمالك يسهر حتى الصباح!
الفايننشال تايمز: فيروس كورونا نجح في المهمة التي فشل فيها السياسيون وهي تقويض العولمة
صحيفة آي: جدل بشأن ترحيل مؤسس ويكيليكس جوليان أسانج إلى الولايات المتحدة
ميلتري تايمز: أمريكا تفقد آلاف قطع السلاح في سوريا
بركة في نابلس يُحذِّر من مراهنةٍ فلسطينيّةٍ على نتائج الانتخابات الإسرائيليّة والاحتراب الفلسطينيّ الداخليّ بات يتجاهل أنّ أساس البلاء هو الاحتلال
في ردها على تقرير منظمة العفو الدولية.. السلطات المغربية تنفي وجود معتقلين سياسيين في المغرب وتتهمها بالاعتماد على “تعميمات لا ترتكز على معطيات واقعية” ومغالطة الرأي العام وترديد الإشاعات 
الدكتور محمد بنيعيش: التأويل العقدي بين ثوابت العقلانية وسمو الروحانية في المنهجية الغزالية
د. طارق ليساوي: الاستقلال اللغوي شرط  لكل نهضة.. و لا يمكن لشعب أن يبدع بغير لغته
الشتاء القارس يزيد من محنة النازحين في إدلب
د. ماجد العبلي: حزب الفقراء العربي
محمد سعد عبد اللطیف: لعنة الجغرافیا فی الشرق الاوسط
الدكتور حسن مرهج: استراتيجيات أنقرة بين تكتيك الفوضى والأحلام العثمانية
د. خالد رمضان عبد اللطيف: سيناريوهات الاقتصاد العالمي بعد كورونا
 حماد صبح: الضابط السوداني الذي دافع عن حدود قطاع غزة
ا. د. جاسم يونس الحريري: تطورات الصراع الايراني –الامريكي وأمكانية تأثيره على أعادة أحتلال العراق ونقل الصراع  الى دول الخليج
الدكتور نسيم الخوري: لبنان بلا كمّامات سجين الخبراء والشاشات والسياسات
عدنان أبوزيد: فلسفة المتظاهر العراقي