17th Feb 2018

English

Cash hand-outs can’t keep a lid on Saudi public discontent forever

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

It was no surprise nor coincidence that Saudi King Salman’s decision to order a 52 billion riyal (around $14 billion) hand-out to more than 1.2 million public employees and pensioners to compensate for inflation followed the outbreak of anti-government protests in dozens of Iranian towns and cities sparked by the rising cost of living.

This step was taken as a pre-emptive measure to spare Saudi Arabia similar protests, amid growing evidence in Saudi social media of rising public discontent over recent tax hikes and pay curbs and fears in ruling circles that it could trigger a comparable explosion.

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Trump would do the Palestinians a favour by cutting off aid to the PA

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

Like many other Palestinians, I pray and implore God that US President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to cut off the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s $300 million annual grant — and also that the European donors follow suit. For that would mean the collapse of the PA and the Oslo accords that brought it into being in exchange for ceding 80% of Palestine’s territory and recognizing the Israeli state.

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The US and Israel’s secret new anti-Iran plans are unlikely to get them far

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

While Russia strives to move Syria on from a stage of war and bloody anarchy to one of peace, stability and reconstruction — by inviting all parties to next month’s Sochi conference to agree a roadmap including a new constitution and presidential and parliamentary elections – the US and Israel are drawing up plans to detonate the region and plunge it into new wars on the pretext of confronting the Iranian threat.

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Just as it looked as though Syria and Turkey were reconciling…

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

It is no exaggeration to say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is among the most controversy-provoking leaders in the Middle East, if not the entire world, and the hardest for politicians and analysts alike to predict – whether in terms of his stances, his moves or his alliances. He proved that again at the joint press conference he held with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at which he fulminated against Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, describing him as a ‘terrorist’ and declaring that there could be no solution in Syria while he remained in power.

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Saudis seek to enlist Palestinians in their anti-Hezbollah campaign

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

According to the New York Times, Saudi Arabia has devised a long-term plan to combat Hezbollah in Lebanon. In a lengthy report published on Monday, the paper said the Saudis were trying to establish and arm militias in the country’s Palestinian refugee camps to confront Hezbollah with the aim of rolling back Iranian influence in Lebanon.

Saudi authorities strongly denied the news, but reports from Beirut say figures associated with Lebanese sectarian fundamentalist groups have become increasingly active in the camps, trumpeting the supposedly growing threat posed by Iran to the Arab world and inciting against Hezbollah.

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If only the US president would act on his threat to cut off aid to the yes-voters

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

The UN is not for sale. US President Donald Trump failed to buy off the countries of the world, rich and poor, with his dollars or scare them off with his threats. His representative Nikki Haley walked out of the chamber early because she could not bear the humiliation of losing the vote. Israel’s representative was left abandoned and isolated, with only seven other states – the likes of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Nauru – willing to stand in his trench.

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How much longer before the Saudis agree to negotiate a way out of Yemen?

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

Saudi Arabia’s leaders did not commemorate the passage of 1,000 days since they began their war on Yemen. But the main target of that war, the Houthi Ansarallah movement, was never going to let the occasion pass without commemorating it in it own way. It launched a missile against the Saudi capital Riyadh, targeted at the al-Yamama Palace where the Saudi monarch King Salman holds court and manages the affairs of state.

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Trump’s new National Security Strategy should alarm his Arab allies

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

Donald Trump has been giving his Gulf Arab allies a hard time in recent days. His vetoing of the draft UN Security Council resolution that would have compelled him to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was an act of political thuggery that dealt them a serious blow. Then came his unveiling on Tuesday of his new National Security Strategy, which added insult to injury.

In demeaning and contemptuous tones, Trump reiterated – for the first time since he was running for election – that he would require wealthy allies of the US to pay it the full costs of the military protection it provides them.

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What deal will the Saudis be offering the Palestinian leader this time?

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

It was no surprise that the US used its veto to abort the draft resolution submitted by Egypt at the UN Security Council – in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocation of the US embassy there – that would have affirmed the illegality of any unilateral actions regarding the city’s status.

It was no surprise because the current US administration has left nobody in any doubt about the extent of its contempt for and belligerence towards all things Arab or Muslim and its support for Israel’s racist, aggressive and colonial policies, an attitude faithfully reflected by its ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have effectively split the GCC in two

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By Abdel Bari Atwan

The division within the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was put on clear display at Wednesday’s Islamic summit in Istanbul. It was reflected in the member-states’ level of representation at the conference, the political stands they took, and their attitudes towards the new pattern of alliances that is fast taking shape in the Middle East.

The Saudi-led camp, which includes Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), sent low-level delegations headed by unimportant functionaries to the conference – the Saudi minister of state for religious affairs, the UAE’s minister of state for Gulf affairs, and another junior minister from Bahrain – despite the gravity of the issue being discussed.

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مُؤتمر ميونخ الأمني “يُبشّرنا” بأنّ العالم باتَ على حافّةِ الهاوية والحَرب السوريّة سَتَطول وربّما تَتطوّر إلى “عالميّة”.. وزيرات دِفاع أوروبا يَردن استقلالاً دِفاعيًّا عن أمريكا.. و”رِجالنا” يُصِرّون على التبعيّةِ لها وإسرائيل.. كيف نَقلنا الأزمة الخليجيّة إلى منابِر العالم؟ ولماذا يَخشون كوريا الشماليّة وإيران وليس العَرب؟
ما مَدى صِحَّة النَّظريّة التي تُؤكِّد أن صواريخ كوريا الشماليّة في سورية قد تَقضي على أُسطورة طائِرة الشَّبح من طِراز “إف 35”.. ولماذا شَدَّد السيد نصر الله على أن قَرار إسقاط الطَّائِرة “إف 16” كان سوريًّا؟ وما هو السِّر الذي لَمّح إليه حَول قُدرَتِه على تَدمير مِنصّات الغاز الإسرائيليّة في ساعات؟
كيف أذلَّ اللُّبنانيون تيلرسون وأجْبَروه على الانتظار؟ ولماذا تَراجع وأعادَ اتّهام “حزب الله” بالإرهاب؟ وكيف خَرَجَ مَصدومًا بعد لقائِه المُغْلَق مع أردوغان؟ وهل يَنجَح مُخطّط بِلاده بِسَلخْ آبار النِّفط والغاز عن الدَّولة السوريّة؟ وهل وَصلت صواريخ “سام 5” إلى اليمن؟
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