3rd Dec 2020

English

30th August 2020 (no comments)

Gulf rulers think they’re buying protection against Iran and Turkey, just like the Palestinians bought into the fake promise of independence

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Shimon Peres, Israel’s shrewd former prime minister, once described the Oslo Accords as Israel’s ‘greatest invention.’ The UAE-Israel agreement due to be formally signed next month can be seen as an equally great and duplicitous ‘invention’ by its architect Jared Kushner and his mentor Benjamin Netanyahu.

The former agreement, signed in the White House Rose Garden on 13 September 1993, sold the Palestinians the illusion that they would get an independent state on the 1967 borders and the Gaza Strip would be turned into the ‘Singapore of the Middle East’.

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23rd August 2020 (no comments)

Much work will be needed to turn the tentative cease-fire deal into a success on the ground

 

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Suddenly, with a military showdown looming on all fronts in Libya, the sound of beating war-drums was halted and replaced by paeans of peace. Both sides in the conflict announced a comprehensive cease-fire and began talking about power-sharing, fresh elections and designating the city of Sirte – birthplace, what irony, of the late Col. Muammar al-Qadhafi’ – as headquarters of an interim administration and a new national capital.

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19th August 2020 (no comments)

Can rival factions set differences aside in the face of the latest Arab betrayal?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The delegation of Egyptian intelligence officials that that was sent to Ramallah on Tuesday to confer with President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of an all-party Palestinian leadership meeting had one specific aim: to tone down Palestinian political and media criticism of the UAE following the announcement of its normalisation agreement with Israel. It failed. The statement issued after the gathering and its sharply critical tone made that clear.

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12th August 2020 (no comments)

The US and its clients are trying to exploit the crisis to advance their plans to destroy Hezbollah. They should know better.

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Let us start at the end, without getting bogged down in the details and analyses that fill the Lebanese and Arab media these days: The current ferment in Lebanon, which resulted in the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government over the Beirut Port explosion, will eventually lead to the demise of Lebanon’s corrupt ruling elite and the 1989 Taif Agreement that brought it to power and established the sectarian carve-up system that sustains it.

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6th August 2020 (no comments)

Was it an accident caused by negligence and corruption or — as Trump said – a deliberate attack?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Was the catastrophic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday that killed hundreds and inured thousands of people not a horrific accident but a deliberate attack as US President Donald Trump characterised it? If so, then the US and Israel were probably behind it and bear responsibility for it, either directly or through their clients in Lebanon. The conspiracy theory cannot be ruled out in this case: the same players have previously colluded in many proven conspiracies over the years, both in Lebanon itself and the wider Middle East, notably Iraq.

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2nd August 2020 (2 comments)

China is doing the world a service by leading moves to challenge American dominance of global finance

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The current collapse of Middle Eastern domestic currencies such as the Syrian and Lebanese pounds, the Iranian riyal and the Turkish lira, shows that the US dollar has ceased to be a mere ‘currency’ and become a weapon of mass economic destruction — especially when linked to the sanctions the US administration obsessively imposes on all adversaries, Arab and Muslim ones in particular.

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26th July 2020 (no comments)

Advocates of a deal based on equal citizenship rights ignore the racist nature of the Israeli state

By Abdel Bari Atwan

There has been controversy in Jordanian and Palestinian circles over remarks made by Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz to The Guardian newspaper last week in which he suggested Jordan could view favourably the creation of a single Palestinian-Israeli state provided it gave equal rights to both peoples.

Few if any Arab officials have ever previously looked beyond the idea of a two-state solution to the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’ and openly pondered the possibility of a one-state solution.

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20th July 2020 (no comments)

Iraq’s new prime minister wants to woo the US and Saudi Arabia, but Iran cannot be simply cast aside

By Abdel Bari Atwan

A variety of divergent opinions have been voiced about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Baghdad on Sunday and the message it was intended to send to the Iraqi leadership – especially Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as he prepares to travel to Riyadh on his first foreign excursion since assuming office.

Kadhimi’s choice of the Saudi capital, rather than Tehran, as his first port of call on his maiden voyage, was itself a clear and carefully calculated message to Iran, as was his affirmation that Iraq will play a ‘balanced’ and ‘neutral’ role in the region under his leadership.

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12th July 2020 (no comments)

The US has deliberately engineered the country’s economic collapse, but Hezbollah won’t yield to its demands

By Abdel Bari Atwan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet sounded the alarm on Saturday that the economic situation in Lebanon was spiralling out of control and that many thousands of its people face destitution and starvation. The warning was stark. But it wasn’t surprising given the relentless US pressure the country faces, which has more than crossed every conceivable red line.

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1st July 2020 (no comments)

If the latest land-grab triggers the response it deserves, good could yet come out of evil

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It belittles and demeans the Palestinian cause to reduce it to the issue of the 30% of the West Bank and Jordan Valley which Binyamin Netanyahu is proposing to annex to Israel. The territory targeted for annexation is already under occupation, as is Palestine in its entirety.  Yet for many years the world has kept silent about this occupation, lulled by Israel’s deceptions and the collusion of its international partners, and buying into the illusion that the Oslo Accords and their bogus promises would somehow bring it to an end.

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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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