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9th December 2013 (one comments)


By Abdel Bari Atwan

 In the past few days we have seen a flurry of high-ranking American officials visiting allies in the Middle East to reassure them that detente with Iran will not damage their interests and to offer them consolation prizes of various sorts.

In Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three times in less than two days, offering security concessions over the putative Palestinian state.

Meanwhile Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel went to Manama to reaffirm America’s commitment to its allies in the Gulf and to pave the way for new arms deals to counteract Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities.

6th December 2013 (no comments)

Nelson Mandela

Mandela’s struggle has shown that the South African example can be a template for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, except that international political will is lacking

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 December 6, 2013

  • Gulf News

It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Nelson Mandela’s death last night. His patience, dignity, and unwavering smile, his moral – and political – triumph over the most brutally oppressive regime was a constant reminder of the human soul’s indomitable drive for justice and freedom.

6th December 2013 (no comments)


Visitors to Lebanon these days cannot help but be affected by the general sense of fear and anxiety that permeates the streets. In Beirut, where people hardly ever agree on anything, worries about security are the main topic of conversation in cafes frequented by writers and intellectuals. Tourists are markedly absent from the boulevards and markets.

Two events in particular have rocked Beirut in recent days: the bombing of the Iranian Embassy, and the assassination of top Hezbollah military commander, Hassan Al-Laqqis.

5th December 2013 (no comments)

RAY al-qaeda-fighters

Critics of al-Qaeda and other extremist Islamic groups that adopt the same ideology always ask why these groups do not attack Israeli targets inside and outside the occupied Palestinian territories. Some activists on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and the internet doubt that al-Qaeda has any such intentions and say all its operations target Arabs and Muslims, as is happening in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and the Islamic Maghreb. They even go further, talking about some sort of ‘relationship’ between the two parties, which is difficult to believe.

4th December 2013 (no comments)

In the absence of any disclaimers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) press it is clear that reports, which first appeared in the New York Times two weeks ago, about Israeli President Shimon Peres participating in the Gulf Security Conference in Abu Dhabi must be true.

This development confirms our concern, often voiced on this news site, that a gradual ‘normalization’ process between the Gulf States and Israel has begun, leading to a new alliance against Iran. This follows America’s recent moves away from its Gulf allies and its rapprochement with Tehran.

3rd December 2013 (no comments)

Discovering at the eleventh hour that Turkey was about to be marginalised over Geneva II and regional diplomacy in general, the prime minister has thrown himself whole-heartedly into the thick of it

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 December 2, 2013
  • Gulf News

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What a difference 24 months can make. In November 2011, Tehran was fuming over Turkey’s agreement to host a Nato missile shield designed to protect Israel from retaliation if it attacked Iran. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s head of aerospace vowed that any foreign attack would see Iran strike Turkey.

27th November 2013 (no comments)

 Abdel Bari Atwan

In discussing Iran’s nuclear containment agreement with the P5+1 group of world powers*, observers and analysts have been quick to compile lists of ‘winners and losers’ with Iran topping the ‘winners’ and Israel and Saudi Arabia leading the ‘losers’.

Everyone seems to have forgotten about President Assad of Syria in these complicated equations, however.

In my opinion, Assad is one of the major winners, even though he has not been involved in the negotiations, either directly or indirectly.

26th November 2013 (no comments)


If we want to determine whether the deal made between the P5+1 world powers and Iran concerning Tehran’s nuclear ambitions is good or bad, we must examine the initial reaction of Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Saudi officials do not usually give an immediate reaction to political events; they prefer to see which way the wind blows. However, they are unlikely to be happy about this agreement, which will have come as a shock to them because they have been preparing over the past four years for a war with Iran, which is at the top of their list of enemies.

24th November 2013 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

In considering the relative virtues of the agreement reached on Sunday between the six major nations and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, we should first examine the initial responses to this development in Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

Saudi officials do not usually respond quickly to political events, preferring to wait and consider the ramifications; however, this agreement, and American rapprochement with Iran, has come as a shock to the Kingdom and it fears the new deal with Iran will be at its expense diplomatically.

22nd November 2013 (one comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

While it is true that we expected the Syrian conflict to spill over into neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and, to a lesser degree, to Turkey, we did not anticipate recent developments which suggest a sectarian attack by foreign elements on Saudi Arabian territories.

Through the course of the Syrian conflict, Saudi Arabia and Iran have become increasingly involved in a sectarian proxy war which has also incorporated non-conventional sectarian forces such as Hezbollah and Sunni jihadi groups.

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”؟
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
الرئاسة اللبنانية تنفي ما يتردد من شائعات عن صحة الرئيس عون
تظاهرات لبنان.. وصلة رقص وسط الحشود وحمام سباحة ودخان شيشة.. مراسلة تنقذ شابا من الاعتقال على الهواء.. وتحذيرات من منصة للغناء قد تتحول إلى منبر سياسي للتأثير في حركة التظاهر.. مايا دياب تشارك من فوق سيارتها الفاخرة.. وفضل شاكر من على توتير.. ظلموني (صور)
الراي الكويتية: لقاء بوتين – أردوغان ينظم الخلافات بين الحلفاء
كوميرسانت: ماذا ينتظر الأكراد من لقاء بوتين وأردوغان؟
صحف مصرية: فرجاني منتقدا نصر الله: نزع عن نفسه هالة القداسة! وسمير رجب: لأول مرة المظاهرات تطاله هو وبري وهذا تغير جذري شجاع ! فيصل وبومدين والأسد شركاء نصر أكتوبر!َ السعودية تبحث إلغاء شرط المحرم للنساء لأداء العمرة.. ناصر انتقم من محمد فوزي! لبلبة: بفهم عادل إمام من صوت “جزمته”!
التايمز: أدلة متزايدة على شن إردوغان هجمات بالفوسفور شمالي سوريا
فزغلياد: اتفاق الولايات المتحدة وتركيا على تقسيم سوريا؟
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
إصلاحات الحريري.. تأييد من النواب وتحذير من البديل ورفض من الشارع
فؤاد الصباغ: الإقتصاد البريطاني: البريكست مجددا… زوبعة في فنجان فارغ!
الدكتور ميثاق بيات الضيفي: رقميا… الرئيسين الفلسطيني والفرنسي… متساويين!!!
د. كاظم ناصر: النظام الطائفي اللبناني في مأزق
د. حسين البناء: هل يُمكن إسقاط الطائفية والفساد في لبنان والعراق؟
د. بهيج سكاكيني: حالة الغليان الشعبي في لبنان
مزهر جبر الساعدي: قراءة مغايرة للانسحاب الامريكي من سوريا على ضوء المتغير في صراع القوى العالمية الكبرى
صلاح السقلدي: الإمارات.. بين انسحاب عسكري وتموضع اقتصادي باليمن
عصمت أرسبي: تونس نموذج يُحتذى
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