21st Oct 2019


19th July 2019 (no comments)

A tactical redeployment is no substitute for a strategic re-think

By Abdel Bari Atwan

In 1993, fighters loyal to Somali warlord Muhammad Farrah Aideed downed two Black Hawk helicopters and killed 18 American servicemen in battles with US troops, prompting Washington to beat a retreat and withdraw all its forces from the country.

The US administration tried at the time to implicate Iran in the incident, and to rally Gulf and other Arab states against it. But UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin-Sultan categorically refused to enter into a political, military or propaganda confrontation with the country.

13th July 2019 (no comments)

The breakdown in Ankara’s 70-year-old alliance with Washington could be irreparable

By Abdel Bari Atwan

By taking delivery of the first and second consignments of advanced S-400 air defense systems from Russia, the Turkish leadership may be severing its last remaining bonds to its 70-year-old strategic alliance with the United States of America — in favor of the foe this alliance was created to confront.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made up his mind. He refused to succumb to American pressure and threats, not to mention inducements, and went ahead with his decision to acquire these missiles, thus turning his back on Nato’s dominant power.

12th July 2019 (no comments)

The UK triggered the latest Gulf escalation, and can act to defuse it

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Regardless whether the British confirm it or the Iranians deny it, the American claim that Iranian gunboats attempted to capture a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz is a portent of things to come in the Gulf.

The story was broken in the US, where it was announced that five Iranian naval vessels tried to intercept the tanker British Heritageand force it into Iranian waters, but were chased off by a Royal Navy frigate.

5th July 2019 (no comments)

Was the UK’s tanker seizure in the Strait of Gibraltar targeted at Syria or Iran?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The seizure by British forces of a Panama-flagged tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar carrying Iranian oil to Syria is a serious act of escalation that will further raise tensions in the already ultra-tense Gulf region.

The UK government claims the move was merely aimed at enforcing the sanctions imposed on Syria by the European Union (EU) after the civil war broke out in 2011, which include a ban on energy supplies.

30th June 2019 (no comments)

Is the proxy war for Tripoli set to escalate into a direct war between regional backers?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The threat by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to attack Turkish interests, airliners and ships in Libya may prove to be the most serious turn yet taken in the course of the country’s civil war. If translated into action, it would expand and internationalise the conflict and drag other regional players directly into it.

This escalation was prompted by the recapture of the town of Gharyan to the south of the capital Tripoli by forces aligned with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

25th June 2019 (no comments)

Trump’s real priority in the Gulf is to extort ‘protection money’ from Saudi Arabia and the UAE

By Abdel Bari Atwan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed the declared purpose of his hastily- arranged trips to Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Monday just as he was leaving Washington. He told reporters he wanted to build a “global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe, that…. is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror,” i.e.

20th June 2019 (2 comments)

Tehran is trying to warn Trump against being dragged into war


By Abdel Bari Atwan

Thursday’s downing of an American drone by an Iranian surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormuz brings the prospect of a military confrontation between Iran and the US, either limited or extensive, closer than ever.

President Donald Trump apparently tried to row back from such a confrontation by describing the incident as a “big mistake” and suggesting it may have been unintentional. That was after it drove oil prices up on world markets by six dollars in a matter of minutes, and prompted Tehran to place its armed forces on maximum alert.

18th June 2019 (no comments)

Egypt’s late former president was the victim of gross injustice

By Abdel Bari Atwan

I confess that I was and remain fond of Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s former and only democratically elected president. I was shocked to hear the news on Monday evening that he had collapsed and died in a courtroom, dressed in blue prisoners’ uniform, after delivering a 20-minute defence in which he exposed all the charges levelled against him as ‘fabrications’ by his political foes and the public prosecution.

I met President Morsi twice.

12th June 2019 (no comments)

Arab regimes harm their own interests by kow-towing to Trump

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It was baffling to hear that Egypt, Jordan and Morocco – according to a US official quoted by Reuters– have accepted the Trump US administration’s invitation to attend this month’s ‘Peace to Prosperity’ conference in Bahrain. Baffling, but not necessarily surprising. Some Arab rulers are incapable of seeing the changes taking place in the region, or of understanding them if they do see them.

3rd June 2019 (one comments)

The Military Council’s bloody crackdown won’t crush the revolution

By Abdel Bari Atwan

From the day it took power in a military coup, it was clear that Sudan’s Military Council led by Gen. Abdelfattah Burhan and his deputy Muhammad Hamdan Dagolo (Hamidati) never had any sympathy for the popular protest movement. Since then, it has been trying to create opportunities to put an end to the mass demonstrations and, in one way or another, repeat the example of Egypt’s military rulers. So it came as no surprise when forces loyal to the Council launched Monday’ brutal assault on peaceful protestors in Khartoum, killing (at this writing) at least 30 and injuring scores.

أربَعة تحدّيات تُواجه الحُكومة المِصريّة في ظِل تفاقُم أزمة سد النّهضة مُجدّدًا.. ما هي؟ وهل استعدّت للخِيار العسكريّ فِعليًّا وطلبت قواعد جويّة في السودان؟ وكيف كان ردّ العهد السودانيّ القديم والجديد؟ وما هي البدائل المُتاحة؟ وهل ستكون قمّة سوتشي بعد أيّام بين السيسي وآبي أحمد الفُرصة الأخيرة للسّلام؟
عندما يَضرِب المُتظاهرون اللبنانيّون مثَلًا بسورية وأوضاعها الأفضل رغم الحرب.. فهذا يعني أنّ الحُقن التّخديريّة لن تُوقِف انتفاضتهم المَشروعة.. هل يكفي الانتصار الأوّل بإلغاء الضّرائب في امتِصاص الغضب؟ وكيف نرى خطوة استقالة وزراء جعجع؟ وما هي الدّروس المُستَخلصة حتى الآن؟ وماذا عن مُبادرة الحريري؟
اردوغان ينقذ ترامب المأزوم بقبوله باتفاق “لفظي” لوقف اطلاق النار.. قمة سوتشي بين الرئيسين الروسي والتركي الثلاثاء قد تمهد للقاءات “علنية” سورية تركية وشيكة.. قوات إيرانية الى جانب الجيش السوري في شرق الفرات لماذا؟ والانسحاب الأمريكي اعتراف بالهزيمة
جنبلاط: لا نهرب إلى الأمام ومقترحاتنا مدخل لحل الأزمة (تغريدة)
على خلفية الصحراء الغربية وتساهل باريس مع منح اللجوء السياسي للمغاربة.. العلاقات بين المغرب وفرنسا تمر بمرحلة برودة
هآرتس: العاهل الأردني يتجاهل طلبًا إسرائيليًّا بشأن مِنطقتيّ الباقورة والغمر
صحيفة ألمانية: بوتين يحقق في سوريا انتصارات بدون حرب
صحف مصرية: في ذكرى ميلاد فريد الأطرش: قصة إحساسه بعقدة اضطهاد من أم كلثوم وعبد الحليم و لقائه العاصف مع الإذاعة السورية وقوله عن “الست” صراحة وعلى الملأ :هي بتكرهنا ما بتحبناش! رئيس جامعة القاهرة يقارن بين سياسة عبد الناصر والسادات في مواجهة إسرائيل وينتقد مقولة “الزعيم” “سنرمي إسرائيل في البحر”! الاختبار الأصعب لبوتين! فساد التعليم الأخطر على المجتمع.. مدرسة تغلق الأبواب على طالبة بالخطأ!
صحيفة افريقية تكشف للمرة الأولى المتورط في قتل معمر القذافي في رسائل سرية
الإندبندنت: لا ألوم المتظاهرين اللبنانيين على إشعال بيروت فهم فقراء وغاضبون وجوعى
“الرجاء” المغربي.. إبداع عشاق الأخضر يحلق خارج المدرجات
عودة الربيع العربي.. أمل أحيته انتخابات تونس
الدكتور حسين عمر توقه: البيروقراطية والمشاكل الإدارية في الأردن
غزة.. فلسطيني يجمع “ثروة” من الحجارة
تحقيق بعد نفاد صبرهن: خادمات الفنادق بإسبانيا يقلن “كفى” لضغوط العمل
سعادة الحشار: لبنان يتحد في وجه الفساد
محمد النوباني: لماذا يجب الذهاب بثورة الشعب اللبنانيحتى النهاية الفاصلة؟! 
حسن مرهج: روسيا والدور الإقليمي .. السيطرة على الشرق الأوسط
هشام الهبيشان: احتجاجات لبنان… هل حزب الله هو المستهدف ولماذا!؟
الصادق بنعلال: لَيْسَ دفَاعاً عَنْ عُمْدَةِ .. طَنْجَةَ !
عماد عفانة: ثورة في رام الله
ادهم ابراهيم: المشهد العراقي ما بعد الانتفاضة
د. محمد عمر غرس الله: قيس سعيد رئيساً لتونس.. ماذا بعد؟
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