22nd Oct 2019


28th May 2019 (no comments)

The Palestinians and the Arab public will never buy into the ‘Deal of the Century’

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Only one conclusion can be drawn from Tuesday’s announcement in Washington that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and architect of his Middle East ‘Deal of the Century’, will visit Morocco, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories this week. Coming just days before the successive Gulf, Arab and Islamic summits that are due to be held in Mecca, it means the Deal has faced a wall of Arab and Islamic rejection, and that next month’s conference in the Bahraini capital Manama on enacting its economic provisions is in trouble.

25th May 2019 (one comments)

Who will flinch first in Trump’s phoney war on Iran?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

I take no issue with the proposition that ‘war is deception’. But President Donald Trump’s current war preparations against Iran smack more of confusion. His despatch of additional ground, naval and air forces to the Gulf reflects this. It betrays a lack of any strategic vision, and has singularly failed to impress or intimidate the enemy.

Take for example his recent announcement that 1,500 extra troops are being sent to the region to protect the forces already there from purported threats from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC).

20th May 2019 (one comments)

No-one in the Middle East takes Trump seriously any longer

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Nobody in the Middle East and the wider world still takes Donald Trump and his tweeted threats seriously. This applies to his latest warning to Iran that if it “wants to fight” that will bring about the “official end” of the country. Actual wars are fought in real life and not by grandstanding on social media.

Whoever said that Iran ‘wants to fight’? The country wants to export its oil through the Strait of Hormuz, which it continues doing with ease.

17th May 2019 (2 comments)

As the US and Iran face off, their proxy wars are escalating

By Abdel Bari Atwan

All-out war between Iran and US Iran may not have broken out yet. But a parallel proxy war between allies of the two sides has been escalating. It could flare up further in the days to come – unless the secret indirect negotiations being conducted by a number of mediators succeed, which we doubt.

Iran has clearly taken a strategic decision to avoid any direct military confrontation with the US warships currently crowding the waters of the Gulf.  

16th May 2019 (no comments)

Is the US really intent on starting another war it can never win?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It is hard to keep pace with developments on all the relevant fronts as the US military build-up against Iran continues.  After the despatch of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincolnto the Gulf, the sabotage of four oil tankers in Fujairah, and the Houthi drone attacks on Saudi pumping stations near Riyadh, Iraq has become the focus. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, one of the Washington hawks who are beating the drums of war against Tehran most avidly, flew to Baghdad bearing CDs showing that Iranian-backed Popular Mobilisation forces had been positioning missiles around American bases on the Syrian border as a prelude to attacking them.

9th May 2019 (one comments)

Israel supplied the pretext for the looming war on Iran. Next, it could light the actual fuse.

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It is still unclear what the information was that the Israelis gave the US about an imminent Iranian threat to its interests in Iraq, prompting it to rush the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, a fleet of missile ships and a posse of giant B-52 bombers to the Gulf region. But all the signs indicate that the Trump administration has taken this supposed intelligence fully on board regardless of whether it is true or false, and is heading for war.

6th May 2019 (no comments)

This time, the Palestinian resistance is firing back.

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The Gaza Strip amounts to only two per cent of the historic territory of Palestine. But this tiny enclave’s inhabitants are showing 400 million Arabs and half a billion Muslims what it means to stand up courageously to Israeli and American arrogance in defence of their rights, land and holy places — and they are not awaiting any gratitude or praise form anyone.

The barrage of missiles fired from the blockaded enclave is not only a reaction to Israel’s suffocating and deadly siege.

2nd May 2019 (no comments)

The reappearance of the Islamic State leader signals the start of a new and bloody phase

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi has only appeared on audio-visual recordings twice. The first time was in July 2014 when he proclaimed the establishment of his ‘Caliphate’ state from the pulpit of the Grand Nouri Mosque in Mosul. The second, and perhaps not last, time was this week when he resurfaced in a high-quality 18-minute video to declare that he was alive and well, and that the caliphate state has ceased to exist in its previous form.

25th April 2019 (no comments)

How long before the US/Israel and Iran come to blows?

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The countdown has begun. Only a few days separate us from May 2, when the second and most severe stage of American sanctions on Iran comes into force.

The Trump Administration wants to halt all of Iran’s oil exports, which amounted to 1.7 million barrels per day in March and has lifted the waivers it granted to eight countries  — such as China, India, Turkey and Japan – allowing them to continue to buy Iranian oil.

24th April 2019 (no comments)

There’s little to choose between the two sides battling for control of Tripoli

By Abdel Bari Atwan

There is only one explanation for the telephone call Donald Trump made last week to Khalifa Haftar. It means the US president has decided to adopt the self-styled Marshal as Libya’s new leader, and side fully with the Saudi-Egyptian-Emirati camp that has been backing him and his current assault aimed at taking the capital Tripoli from the rival Turkish/Qatari camp. This constitutes a grave development in the Libyan crisis, whose consequences we will witness in the coming few days and weeks.

مُؤتمر البحرين لمُناقشة الأمن البحريّ والتصدّي لنُفوذ إيران يأتي تدشينًا للتّطبيع العسكريّ بين دول الخليج وإسرائيل.. كيف نفهم هرولة مُعظم هذه الدول المُشاركة فيه إلى طِهران طلبًا للمُصالحة؟ ولماذا تعود أمريكا إلى “أُكذوبَة” أسلحة الدمار الشّامل كمصدرٍ للخطر؟ هل نحنُ أمامَ “عِراقٍ آخر”؟
نعم.. نحن على قمة الشامتين بسقوط نتنياهو وخروجه مطأطأ الرأس ومهزوما من الحياة السياسية.. لماذا نطالب اصدقاءه المطبعين العرب ان يتحسسوا رؤوسهم ونحذرهم من التعاون مع حزب الجنرالات الذي قد يخلفه؟ وكيف نرى في فوز سعّيد رئاسة تونس جرس انذار لهم؟
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
الرئاسة اللبنانية تنفي ما يتردد من شائعات عن صحة الرئيس عون
الجنرال المجالي بعد ملاحظات أثارت عاصفة من الجدل في “رأي اليوم” يوضّح: فاضل الحمود من أكفأ مدراء الأمن الأردنيين ولم أقصد توجيه النقد لأحد.. ملاحظتي فنية وتخصّ تكتيك ميداني كان بحاجة تنسيق أكبر.. ومشهدنا الأمنيّ بألف خير
صحف مصرية: صور “عبد الناصر” تتصدر” “سوتشي” مع زيارة السيسي! قصة معرفة صالح سليم خبر إصابته بالسرطان في لندن وجملته الشهيرة للطبيب الإنجليزي عن احترام المواعيد! أخطر تحديات مصر! مجتمع الجزر المنعزلة! خمس نصائح للتغلب على اكتئاب الخريف! مدينة سانت كاترين تعلق لافتة على مدخلها وتقع في خطأ فاحش في اللغة الانجليزية!
“وول ستريت جورنال”: ترامب يدرس ترك بعض القوات للسيطرة على نفط سوريا
الراي الكويتية: لقاء بوتين – أردوغان ينظم الخلافات بين الحلفاء
الفاينانشال تايمز: لبنان يوافق على إصلاحات بعد أيام من الغضب الشعبي ضد الصفوة السياسية
الغارديان: القوات الأمريكية تغادر سوريا تحت وابل من السباب
دراسة: بريطانيا ستواصل اعتمادها على المهاجرين بعد خروجها من الاتحاد الأوروبي
فلسطينيو الـ48 يشتكون إسرائيل للأمم المُتحدّة لتقاعسها بالحدّ من آفة العنف المُستشري: 75 قتيلاً عربيًا منذ بداية العام وانتشار الأسلحة غيرُ المُرخصّة بشكلٍ مُرعبٍ
عمر نجيب: الرابحون والخاسرون من عملية “نبع السلام” التركية في شرق سوريا..واشنطن تتخبط في متاهات الشرق الأوسط بعد تعثر مخطط المحافظين الجدد
أكاديمي مغربي: الربيع العربي مستمر طالما وُجدت أسبابه
السودان بعد التغيير السياسي ينشد انطلاقة تبدأ بإعفائه من ديونه
محمد النوباني: هل اخطأ حزب الله في قراءة زخم ثورة الشعب اللبناني ضدالنظام الطائفي الفاسد؟!
عبدالواسع الفاتكي: جدلية السياسة والدين في العالم العربي
عامر الشوبكي: الحكومة الأردنية بين “فكي كماشة”
د. خالد فتحي: حسابات التعديل الحكومي بالمغرب
سليم البطاينة: الاردن: الرصيد صفر!
جهاد العيدان: العراق وضريبة الوضع السوري الاخير
عبدالواحد عبدالله شافعي: الذكرى الخمسين لانقلاب 21 أكتوبر
اسلامة الناجم: مأزق الديمقراطية
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