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30th October 2013 (no comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

It is hard to believe the  Syrian regime’s official version regarding that sacking of deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil on Tuesday.

In a notice posted on Syrian state television, the explanation offered was that Jamil acted without government permission when he traveled to Geneva and met US officials last weekend. ‘Jamil was dismissed because he left his centre of work without prior permission and … undertook activities outside the nation without coordinating with the government,’ the notice said.

29th October 2013 (no comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

Finally waking up from its coma, the Arabic League has decided to invite the Foreign Ministers of member countries to an emergency summit to discuss the Syrian crisis.

This call to action followed a meeting between UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and  Ahmed Ben Hilli, Deputy Secretary General of the Arab League about the forthcoming Geneva 2 conference.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal refused to give his speech the United Nations General Assembly earlier this month, and rejected a two-year rolling membership of the Security Council on behalf of his country in protest, as he said, at the UN’s failure to support the Syrian people, solve the Palestinian issue and rid the region of weapons of mass destruction.

28th October 2013 (no comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

The UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, is in Damascus today – the climax of an intensive diplomatic tour to drum up support for the so-called Geneva 2 talks aimed at solving the Syrian crisis.

Brahimi will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his foreign minister Walid al-Muallem. The last time Brahimi met Assad was in December 2012; in January 2013 he announced that Assad would have no place in the envisaged interim government to end the civil war.

25th October 2013 (no comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is known for her cool nerves, restraint and muted emotions but even she was visibly rattled when it was revealed that US National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on her and recording her mobile calls, emails and text messages. She immediately contacted President Obama administration demanding clarification and, in a 20 minute telephone conversation, made her displeasure clear. The American ambassador in Berlin was called to account by the German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle.

24th October 2013 (no comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

On Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the remaining (down to eleven from 114) Friends of Syria nations held a meeting in London. They must have considered not only where they can go with their mission in the light of various diplomatic and military developments, but also if it is still appropriate for them to operate under their current moniker.

To explain: there are actually two international groups who call themselves friends of Syria. The first supports the Assad regime and consists of the Russian Federation, China, Iran and Hezbollah; the second supports the opposition and consists of Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

21st October 2013 (one comments)

Abdel Bari Atwan

Saudi Arabia has turned overnight into a State of political shocks and surprises.

Last month, Prince Saud Al-Faisal refused to deliver a scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly.

Now, the Saudi Foreign Ministry has announced that the country will not be taking up its place as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. It was the first time that Saudi Arabia had been elected to the two-year rotating membership which most countries use to highlight issues of particular concern to them and to influence world leaders.

21st October 2013 (no comments)

Hamas: caught in the crosshairs

Besieged on all fronts and aware of his increasing isolation, Hamas leader Mesha’al has been attempting to repair the damage, but that is turning out to be an uphill task

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 October 18, 2013

  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/©Gulf News

In February last year, Khalid Mesha’al, head of the Hamas political bureau, relocated the group’s Damascus headquarters to Qatar.

The move was an unambiguous declaration that Mesha’al no longer supported his erstwhile ally, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who appeared to be on the brink of defeat by the opposition.

12th October 2013 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan:

With the exception of the opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC), led by Mr. Ahmed Al-jarba, the clamour for President Bashar Al-Assad to depart appears to have ceased.

American politicians, both hawks and doves, and Eurpean leaders of every hue were previously blue in the face from shouting that Assad had to go.

Now, all we hear are words of praise and encouragement, especially from the mouth of John Kerry, US Secretary of State. Kerry is really impressed that Assad has met the first deadlines towards chemical weapons disarmament set by the United Nations weapons experts.

10th October 2013 (one comments)

This article originally appeared on BBC Turkey website 10 October 2013

Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now dominates the jihadist presence in Syria. Jane’s Defence and Security recently estimated that ‘jihadists and extremists’ constitute at least 50 percent of the armed opposition, which currently numbers around 100,000 fighters.

The ISIS’s stated aim is to establish an Islamic Emirate in north-western Syria incorporating Raqqa, Idlib and the Bab al-Salam border crossing with Turkey.

9th October 2013 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

It is rare for Saudi officials to publicly exhibit their feelings. The foreign Minister of another Gulf country told me that this is because the Saudi Royals have been brought up to exhibit self-control in diplomacy, avoiding any kind of extreme reaction or losing their tempers. So when Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud al-Faisal refused to give his tabled speech at the UN General Assembly last week in protest at US-Iran rapprochement and the US-Russian Syria initiative it came a surprise to commentators.

التّلاسُن بالصّواريخ يتصاعد بين إيران ودولة الاحتلال.. لماذا يُهدِّد الحرس الثوري الآن بتسويةِ تل أبيب بالأرض ومن لبنان؟ وهل الغضب اللّبنانيّ الرسميّ “مُبَرّر”؟ وكيف دخَل الحوثيّون على حلبَة التّهديدات؟ ومن سيُطلِق الصّاروخ الأوّل الذي سيُفَجِّر الحرب الشّاملة؟
الدولة السوريّة الكاسِب الأكبَر من اجتِماع دول مسار أستانة الأخير والأكراد الخاسِر الأكبَر.. ضُوءٌ أخضر “ثُلاثي” لإشعال فتيل الحرب في إدلب والقضاء على الجماعات المُتشدّدة وبمُوافقةٍ تركيّة.. وفقرة مُهمّة تُؤكّد أنباء اعتِراض طائرات روسيّة لأُخرى إسرائيليّة كانت في طريقها لضَرب سورية
هل ستقدّم قطر “الإخوان” “كبش فداء” ثمنًا للمُصالحة مع السعوديّة؟ ولماذا تنقسم الآراء حول هذه المسألة؟ وما هي الأسباب التي تجعل فُرص التقارب بين البلدين أكبر هذه المرّة؟ وما دور التوتّر في الخليج وقمّة كوالالمبور الإسلاميّة؟ وأين مِصر وقناة “الجزيرة” وسط هذا الزحام؟
 قلق وسط الاردنيين بعد ارتفاع عدد حالات إنفلونزا الخنازير إلى 61 حالة
طهران استنسخت نموذج المُسيرّة الإسرائيليّة المُتطوِّرة وأنتجته عمدًا.. تل أبيب: تطابقٌ مشبوهٌ بين المُسيرّة (سيمرغ) وـ”نظيرتها” المُصنعّة بالكيان وسلاح الجوّ عاجز عن صدّ الصواريخ الإيرانيّة
صحف مصرية: عار العالم وجامبيا التي تجرأت! خالد منتصر: أيهما أكثر انضباطاً وقبولاً للرقابة الاجتماعية: مجتمع الشفافية والعلن أم مجتمع النقاب والاختفاء؟! بعد فشله في الإنجاب: شاب يشنق نفسه في “أوسيم”! منة فضالي: أنا بالمايوه أفضل من مائة منقبة وأغرب موقف لي على السوشيال ميديا شاب طلبني للزواج وبعدها انتحر!
واشنطن بوست: المتدرب السعودي في القاعدة الأمريكية كان معارضا للإصلاحات وله ميول متشددة
فايننشال تايمز: “المشروع الإصلاحي” للأمير بن سلمان سيواجه مزيدا من التدقيق.. “بعد أرامكو يأتي الاقتصاد”
هآرتس: مخاوف إسرائيلية من ملاحقة قضائية دولية إذا ضمت غور الأردن
بلومبيرغ: تركي الفيصل: السعودية هي المبادرة لحل أزمة قطر
مفكر مغربي: الإسلام أثبت أنه ليس عائقا أمام حضارة المجتمعات
“النهضة” التونسية: نأمل بإقناع قوى الثورة بالمشاركة في الحكم
الدكتور محمد سيف الإسلام بوفلاقة: خير الله عصَّار… المفكر الناقد أضواء على حياته وأفكاره الاجتماعية والتربوية
من بغداد إلى البصرة.. وجوه ترسم “ثورة أكتوبر”
ما هو موقع الإسلاميين الجزائريين عشية الانتخابات الرئاسية؟
عماد عفانة: فلسطين والتحالف الإسلامي في كوالالمبور
سارة السهيل: العراق بين مطرقة الثورة على الفساد وبحور الدم
حسين فاعور الساعدي: حماية دولية أو حماية ذاتية أو قيام الدولة بواجبها.. واحد من ثلاثة حلول للعنف المستشري… أو الهاوية
د. أماني القرم: لماذا عارض الفريق “The Squad” او النائبات الاربع قرار الكونجرس 326 المؤيد لحل الدولتين؟
دكتور حسن زيد بن عقيل: قلق إسرائيلي من فشل التحالف السعودي ــ الإماراتي في اليمن
ميلاد عمر المزوغي: ليبيا: نحن وتركيا
جمال الكندي: الحادي عشر من ديسمبر يوم النصر العماني
فؤاد  الصباغ: مأزق تشكيل الحكومة الإسرائيلية المقبلة