20th Oct 2019


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

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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

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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.

11th December 2013 (no comments)

The two-day 34th annual summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) was a lackluster affair with a short agenda. The leaders met briefly, attended a gala dinner hosted by the leader of the host country, and then issued a final communique during a press conference which held no surprises.

The reasons that the meeting was so low-key stem from several major recent events which followed on from the earth-shattering announcement of the signing of a nuclear limitation agreement between Iran and the 5+1 group last month:

  * The first event : Saturday’s announcement by Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi at a high-level Manama Dialogue meeting that Muscat opposed the political and economic union of the GCC countries proposed by  Saudi Arabia.

11th December 2013 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) has long been beset by problems. On Saturday, however, it received a serious knock to its very infrastructure when Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi told a high-level Manama Dialogue meeting that Muscat opposed the planned political union would withdraw from GCC if this was implemented.

Bin Alawi also complained that the Gulf was awash with weapons, indicating a likely alliance in a new aggression against Iran which, he emphasized, Oman would not support.

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 تُوقف 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 مبادرةة 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
اللبنانيّون مُنزعجون من تعليقات افتراضيّة عربيّة تصف مُظاهراتهم بالاحتفالات وعُروض الأزياء
“أم الحسين” أم “رانيا العبد الله”؟.. “رأي اليوم” تقرأ مخاطرة ملكة الأردن برسالة غادرت تقاليد العائلة الحاكمة: زوجة الحجايا تسأل القصر عن اجراءاته بعد إهانة المعلمين.. وانكشاف ضعف أداء طاقم وفريق ومؤسسات الملكة والمستفيدين منهم.. وعدمية الشارع يقابلها عبثية السلطة..
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
الأوبزرفر: تزايد الانتقادات لترامب بسبب سوريا وتحقيقات العزل تتسارع
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
أي “منطقة آمنة” تريدها تركيا في سوريا؟
 زيد يحيى المحبشي: التداعيات الكارثية لاحتجاز التحالف العربي سفن الوقود والغذاء اليمنية
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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