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7th January 2014 (one comments)

The situation in Syria has been completely transformed by the unanticipated vigour with which al-Qaeda has entered the fray and turned everything upside down. Now, anything might happen and the only thing that is certain is the escalation of bloodletting on all sides and the continued misery of the victims of this horrific war.

From one perspective, only a miracle will salvage the situation. That miracle would be the unification of all the other factions and brigades in Syria (even temporarily) to declare war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams (ISIS) and other al-Qaeda-linked groups in order to weed them out, without mercy or pity, as soon as possible.

2nd January 2014 (no comments)

Lebanese sources with very close ties to Syria have informed Rai al-Youm that the next six months will
witness a massive military escalation in Lebanon and Syria, especially by groups supported by Saudi Arabia.

The sources say that there is a great concern about this escalation and its repercussions, especially on Lebanon.

The sources have told Rai al-Youm that Iran, which has sensed this destructive danger to everyone (as described
by the sources), has started making huge efforts on high levels to open a dialogue with the Saudi leadership in order to settle unresolved issues and reach an accord that ends the war in Syria and clamps down on the situation in Lebanon.

1st January 2014 (one comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Highly placed sources in the Gulf have told Rai al-Youm that a final planning meeting for the Geneva 2 conference on Syria is to be held in London on 11 January. The meeting will decide on the agenda and which states will be invited to participate.

Eleven states will attend the planning meeting and they are sharply divided regarding two major issues: first, should President Assad’s continuation in office be supported and second, should Iran be invited to participate.

30th December 2013 (no comments)
  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 December 29, 2013

  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

Underlying all the major events in 2013 was the relentless spread of sectarianism; borders melted away as once mighty regional giants imploded in civil strife, which has resulted in semi-failed states of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon and Sudan.

The emerging phenomenon of geo-sectarianism has fragmented these countries as Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds and other minorities, who once lived harmoniously side by side, are displaced — either voluntarily or by force — into ‘safe’ areas dominated by their co-religionists or ethnic brethren.

20th December 2013 (no comments)

17 December 2013

Rai al-Youm has learned from senior Gulf diplomats that Oman is currently hosting secret talks
between Syrian regime officials and representatives of some Syrian
factions, under the auspices of the United States.

The talks aim to reach an understanding on the transitional phase, which will be the backbone of
the talks at the Geneva II conference.

The sources added that the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s delegation arrived in Muscat without prior

In the meantime, a delegation from the opposition also arrived in Muscat.

20th December 2013 (3 comments)

Prince Mohammad

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Earlier this week, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to London, published an OpEd in the New York Times which contained an unprecedented attack on Western countries and their policies toward Syria and Iran.

The Prince said that the West’s failure to move on Syria and its rapprochement with Iran represented a real threat to his country’s safety and regional stability.

He added that Saudi Arabia ‘ruled nothing out’, including militarily,  and was prepared to act alone.

18th December 2013 (no comments)

 By Abdel Bari Atwan

Seven bullets fired by a Lebanese soldier across the border with Israel killed an IDF soldier this week.  Israel responded by cordoning off the border immediately, for fear of escalation.

The shooting came as a timely reminder that Israel is still the enemy. That the enemy is in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and other Arab territories including the Syrian Golan Heights and the Shaba’a farms. This enemy is the same one who invaded southern Lebanon in 2006, and committed the Qana massacre in 1982.

18th December 2013 (no comments)

No western government has yet afforded Palestinians any support in their struggle for justice

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 December 18, 2013

  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Niño Jose Heredia/©Gulf News

The memorial service for Nelson Mandela last week became, for many of the world leaders who attended, a diplomatic opportunity, laced with amnesia and hypocrisy.

Mourning Mandela was ‘the right thing’ to do, hence the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who demonstrated his grief by posing for a grinning ‘selfie’ with US President Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt — like excited teenagers in Disneyworld.

16th December 2013 (one comments)

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors during the many meetings Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has held with US Secretary of State John Kerr during the past year.

All that is clear is that they have not produced anything of substance or any hope for a just settlement for the Palestinians. It is all smoke and mirrors.

President Abbas initially tried to persuade us to accept the Israeli demand of a ten-year transition period, during which Israeli forces would be stationed in the Jordan Valley, Israeli control towers would be installed to the West, and Israeli guards would oversee border crossings with Jordan with Israel, possessing the right to ‘veto’ undesirable Palestinians or others.

13th December 2013 (no comments)

ISIS fighters

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Yesterday we received many reports that Major General Salim Idris, the commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had fled to Turkey, and thence to Qatar on Sunday.

He allegedly fled during a battle to defend FSA headquarters and weapons warehouses from a takeover by the Islamic Salvation Front at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish/Syrian border. The Islamists won and are now in possession of US-provided hardware and ammunition

The FSA has denied these reports, claiming that Idris has gone to Qatar to attend a conference.

ماذا يعنِي ترامب عندما يقول للسعوديين “قاتِلوا إيران وسندعمكم”؟ وهل إرسال بِضعَة مِئات من الجُنود إلى الرياض ستُوفّر الحِماية لهم؟ وكيف نَراها خُطوةً مُخيّبةً للآمال قد تُعطي نتائج عكسيّة؟ وما هي “الثّورة” الجديدة في التّصنيع العسكريّ التي كشَفها الهُجوم على مُنشآتِ بقيق وخريص وغيّرت كُل قواعد الاشتباك؟
ماذا يعني نُزول المُحتجّين إلى الشوارع والميادين في مُدنٍ مِصريّةٍ كُبرى؟ وهل كسَرت هذه الاحتجاجات حاجِز الخوف؟ ولماذا لم يقطع الرئيس السيسي زيارته إلى الأمم المتحدة؟ وما السّر وراء تجاوب المُحتجّين مع نِداء محمد علي وليس مع نداءاتٍ أُخرى مُماثلة على مدى السّنوات الخمس الماضية؟
النتائج الأولية لهجوم ابقيق صحوة سعودية واعتراف غير مسبوق بالخذلان.. انهيار هيبة أمريكا وصناعتها العسكرية.. رعب في إسرائيل.. ما الحقائق التي صدمت ترامب؟ كيف طورت ايران اخطر الأسلحة والعرب نيام؟ وهل سترد أمريكا على الهجوم المهين؟
قمة مصرية أردنية عراقية في نيويورك
السيد نصرالله: أداء المسؤولين السعوديين سيعجل في نهاية هذا النظام وموقفهم من القضية الفلسطينية و​صفقة القرن​ انبطاح ومذلة.. ايران فقأت عين أميركا واسرائيل في المنطقة.. خيارنا في سورية في البداية كان للحل السياسي لكن دعواتنا قوبلت بالرفض من قبل المعارضة (فيديو)
وول ستريت جورنال: خبراء يبحثون عن أدلة دامغة تشير إلى الجهة التي شنت هجوم “أرامكو”
الراي الكويتية: إسرائيل وأميركا تناوران بين الخلافات الداخلية العراقية ليتسنى لها ضرْب “الحشد الشعبي”
صحف مصرية: سر صمت البرادعي! السوشيال ميديا والانتفاضات! الإسلام السياسي في الجزائر وأسئلة الحياة! تجديد حبس ابنة الشيخ القرضاوي والقبض على نجل الكتاتني.. خناقة في الاستاد بين مرتضى منصور ومسؤولي الأهلي.. ما السبب؟
صنداي تايمز: رعب في السعودية بعدما رفض النمر الأمريكي أن يزأر
موقع “داو جونز”: الحوثيون حذروا دبلوماسيين غربيين من أن إيران تخطط لضربة جديدة قريبا
تراجع”النهضة” في الانتخابات الرئاسية يعود الى “أزمة هوية”
علي هويدي: نقل الوصاية من الأونروا إلى المفوضية حقيقة أم سراب ؟
هل يدفع ماكرون في الأمم المتحدة ملفي حرائق الأمازون وإيران؟
المطران حنّا: عدد المسيحيين في فلسطين تراجع بشكلٍ دراماتيكيٍّ خلال السنوات الأخيرة ووصلت نسبتهم إلى واحد بالمائة فقط وسفاراتنا مُقصِّرةٌ في إيصال رسالتنا للعالم
هيئة مغربية تندد بتبذير المغرب للأموال الطائلة على الأسلحة في الوقت الذي لا توفر فيه أبسط متطلبات الحياة.. وتستنكر استمرار العدوان على اليمن وتدعو لوضع حد للاحتلال الصهيوني لفلسطين
د. ابراهيم سليمان العجلوني: الاردن: التواصل الاجتماعي هو إلاعلام الحقيقي
سفيان بنحسن: نتائج الإنتخابات في تونس.. من تحزب خان
د. عزت جرادات: ما بعد الانتخابات الإسرائيلية
نزار حسين راشد: بعد الضربة الموجعة ماذا على السعودية أن تفعل؟
نشوان الخراساني: مصر: ثورة محمد علي
ادهم ابراهيم: خلاف سياسي ام مذهبي 
د. مصطفى يوسف اللداوي: الهواجسُ الإسرائيليةُ من استهدافِ منشآتِ أرامكو السعوديةِ
ابراهيم محمد الهنقاري: ماذا يريد مجلس الامن من ليبيا!؟
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