3rd Dec 2020


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.

11th October 2020 (no comments)

A concerted effort is underway to prepare public opinion for normalisation with Israel

By Abdel Bari Atwan

In June 2006, about a week after Israel’s assault on Lebanon began, a Saudi delegation visited Washington and met with President George Bush Jr., who made an exception to receive them at the White House on a Sunday. The delegation was led by the then foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, and included the national security advisor and former ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, and the serving ambassador and ex-intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal.

6th October 2020 (no comments)

Tensions erupt after years of steadily deteriorating relations between the two former allies

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Just after the second anniversary of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi authorities have effectively declared a trade war against Turkey. On Sunday, the chairman of the Saudi Council of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Ajlan al-Ajlan, declared that Saudi businesses and consumers had a responsibility to “boycott everything Turkish, whether… imports, investment or tourism”, due to “the Turkish government’s continuing hostility to our leadership, country and citizens.”

Saudi Arabia’s political and commercial relations with Turkey have been steadily deteriorating.

2nd October 2020 (no comments)

Lebanese politicians browbeaten into agreeing a deal with Israel ahead of US elections

By Abdel Bari Atwan

After the Beirut Port explosion destroyed half the Lebanese capital, killed and injured thousands of people and made 300,000 homeless; and after a contrived banking crisis caused the collapse of the Lebanon’s currency and drove more than 60% of the population below the poverty line; Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced on Thursday that, as a result of US mediation, a ‘framework agreement’ had been reached with Israel to demarcate the maritime boundary.

24th September 2020 (one comments)

Trump will do anything to stay in power – including starting a ruinous Middle East war

By Abdel Bari Atwan

US President Donald Trump revealed his true intentions on Wednesday when he publicly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the forthcoming elections. “We’re going to have to see what happens,” he said, adding “there won’t be a transfer, frankly, there’ll be a continuation”.

Trump wants to become president-for-life and effectively establish a dictatorship in the US not much different to those he claims to oppose in the rest of the world.

17th September 2020 (no comments)

White House theatrics, Trump’s delusions and Gulf regime collusion cannot ‘end’ the Arab-Israeli conflict

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The missiles fired at Israeli settlements from the Gaza Strip while the UAE and Bahraini foreign ministers were signing ‘peace treaties’ with Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House were an affirmation: these agreements are worthless, and the only people capable of ending the Arab-Israeli conflict, by peace or by war, are the people of Palestine — with the backing of their Arab and Muslim brothers and sisters and supporters of justice worldwide.

14th September 2020 (no comments)

Gulf rulers are mistaken if they think signing up for Israeli ‘protection’ will make them any safer

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Among the thousands of US diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks in 2006-7 was one reporting a meeting between the US ambassador in Manama, Adam Ereli, and the king of Bahrain, Hamad bin-Issa Al Khalifa. The envoy thanked the ruler for the efforts made by his son the crown prince to reach out to Israel by publishing an article under his name in an Israeli newspaper explaining the Arab Peace Initiative and urging Israelis to support it.

8th September 2020 (no comments)

The UAE-Israel deal is ostensibly about peace but actually about war: against Iran — and maybe, later, Turkey

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It was no surprise to hear US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declare at the weekend that the UAE and Israel have agreed to form a security and military alliance against Iran to ‘protect’ US interests and the Middle East after normalising relations via their so-called ‘Abraham Accord’. The two states have never been in a state of war, and the UAE has never harmed a single Israeli either directly or indirectly since its establishment.

3rd September 2020 (no comments)

Why have the country’s ever-quarrelling political factions suddenly allowed France to become their arbiter?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Emmanuel Macron’s second visit to Lebanon in a month showed how nostalgic most Lebanese and Arab officials and politicians are for a foreign colonial master to rule them – and how readily they submit to its dictates and commit to their immediate implementation, abandoning any considerations of national sovereignty.

On both of his trips, the French president played the role of big boss and head honcho.

3rd September 2020 (no comments)

The virus of fragmentation is spreading dangerously, not just between east and west but within both regions

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Libya is suffering an outbreak of fragmentation virus. This deadly scourge is no longer confined to West vs. East – with rival leaders, armies, parliaments and governments holding sway on either side of the country. It has spread to infect the two opposing camps themselves, both of which now have competing would-be rulers vying for control.

Eastern Libya – the Barqa (Cyrenaica) region and adjoining areas – is witnessing an intensifying struggle between Gen.

رسالة عاجلة من بايدن إلى روحاني وجناحه الإيراني الإصلاحي.. نحنُ عائدون للبرنامج النووي انتظرونا.. لماذا نعتقد أنّها جاءت متأخرة وملغومة وقد تُقابل بالحذر والرّفض الشّديد؟ وهل إيران مُستَعِدّةٌ للتخلّي عن صواريخها الباليستيّة وحُلفائها في لبنان واليمن والعِراق وغزّة؟ ولماذا بات خامئني أكثر مَيلًا لتجربة كوريا الشماليّة؟ هل نحنُ أمام اغتِيالات جديدة؟
ما هو السّبب “الحقيقي” لزيارة كوشنر للسعوديّة وقطر؟ وهل الحديث عن المُصالحة مُجرّد غطاء؟ وما هي التّنازلات التي قدّمها البلَدان في المُقابل؟ وكيف سيكون ردّ فِعل مِصر والإمارات “المُبعَدتين” عن هذه الخطوة؟ وهل هُدوء “الجزيرة” المُفاجِئ مُؤقّت أمْ دائم؟
حِراك سياسي مُكثّف مدعومًا بمُناوراتٍ عسكريّةٍ طارئةٍ وتدريبات على حربِ العِصابات.. ماذا يجري في مِنطَقتنا بالضُبط؟ هل إيران وتركيا الهدف؟ وهل وضعت “قمّة نيوم” خطّة الحرب؟ ولماذا يقتصر التّحالف الجديد على المُطبّعين ويَستَثنِي “المُمانعين” وشُعوبهم؟ وهل حامِلات الطّائرات في طريقها للخليج؟
إخلاء سبيل أعضاء المبادرة المصرية للحقوق الشخصية
روسيا تحد من قدرة السلاح الأمريكي بمضادات الطيران “إس 500” الجديدة ورادار “كونتينير” يرصد المقاتلات على بعد ألفي كلم
النهار اللبنانبة: خُطِفَ… وهو في طريقِ العودة
موسكوفسكي كومسوموليتس: قد ينتهي المطاف بترامب في السجن.. لماذا؟
بولتيكيو: الولايات المتحدة تسحب نصف دبلوماسييها من العراق
هآرتس: الجيشان الإسرائيلي والأمريكي يعززان التنسيق المشترك تحسبا لرد إيراني على اغتيال فخري زاده
ألكسندر نازاروف: لم أصبح انهيار الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية أمرا لا مفر منه؟
عليان عليان: إلى متى يستمر الكيان الصهيوني في مسلسل الاغتيالات للعلماء ولقيادات المقاومة الوطنية  والإسلامية دونما رد يذكر ؟!
د. طارق ليساوي: معارضة بلدان الخليج طموح إيران النووي فيه مجانبة للصواب
صالح عوض: الجزائر والمصالحات العربية.. دور تاريخي
أبو علي حسن: مكانـــة المراجعـــة السياسيـــة والنقديــة في الفكر السياسي الفلسطيني
سعد أبوشقرا: اللبنانيّة.. لغة عربيّة حديثة حيّة
د. سنية الحسيني: اغتيال العالم النووي زاده … هل هو مقدمة لمزيد من التوتر؟
جهاد العيدان: اقرؤا الفاتحة على نفط اقليم كردستان العراق
حماد صبح: لأسفنا.. تطبيع السودان مع إسرائيل لن ينهار.. وسيتبعه تطبيع دول عربية أخرى
ياسمين الشيباني: ستيفاني وليامز ونواب الشعب المختار!
ايهاب سلامة: الاردن: بنوك وشركات تتوحش في زمن كورونا.. أين الحكومة؟
عمرو علان: محاذير عدم الرد على اغتيال محسن فخري زادة
د. وليد القططي: التطبيع المستحيل بين ظاهرتي (شعبولا) و (نمبر- ون)
ربى يوسف شاهين: العراق وسورية وعموم المنطقة في ظل الإدارات الأمريكية
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