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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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7th October 2013 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Accounts from people on the ground as well as in the press, suggest that female Syrian refugees in camps inside Jordan face grotesque sexual exploitation.

Minors as young as 15 have been forced into marriages with much older men in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

There have been reports, too, of wealthy Gulf Arabs trawling the camps in search of  ‘temporary marriages’.

More than 2 million Syrians have fled their war-ravaged country in search of safety and a decent living.

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6th October 2013 (no comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

American Special Operations forces carried out two raids inside the sovereign territories of Moslem countries on Saturday night. The first targeted Abu Anas Libi in Tripoli, the second, the local al-Shabaab headquarters in southern Somalia.

The first raid very much resembled the Israeli assassination of the martyr Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of Hamas. According to al-Libi’s son, Abdullah, three cars were waiting for his father outside his home when he came back from the mosque after dawn prayers.

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6th October 2013 (13 comments)

A state of flux in Syria with shifting alliances

As conflict and divisions continue to plague the opposition, and as external diplomacy gains more traction in the resolution of the Syrian crisis, the region’s cards are being reshuffled

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 October 6, 2013

  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Luis Vazquez/©Gulf News

As the Syrian Army resumes its military offensive around Damascus, in Homs and in the south of the country, President Bashar Al Assad appears to be brushing up his international image in a diplomatic offensive designed to rehabilitate both himself and the regime.

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3rd October 2013 (6 comments)

By Abdel Bari Atwan

I’m afraid to turn on the TV for the next few days because I fear I will have to contemplate the sight of Egyptian warplanes bombing targets inside Gaza, with wailing ambulances ferrying dozens of dead and wounded to hospitals which have no medicine and no supplies, due to the blockade.

I do not wish to witness such an unthinkable event or follow the details of such a disaster. The image of the Egyptian Army that still lives in my mind – and the minds of more than 400 million other Arabs – is one of bravery and courage, the defenders of our nation.

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3rd October 2013 (no comments)

Any settlement in Geneva, which excludes any member of Syria’s multi-faceted opposition, will likely prove worthless

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 September 21, 2013

  • Gulf News

 

  • Image Credit: ©Gulf News

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper on Friday, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, suggested that the regime might call for a ceasefire at the — as yet unscheduled — Geneva 2 conference.

Jamil was recruited to the government from the ranks of the secular opposition last year in a bid to rehabilitate the image of the Bashar Al Assad regime.

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ضربَتان إيرانيّتان قويّتان للقوّات الأمريكيّة في العِراق في الأيّام الماضية.. ماذا يعني تنفيذ “سرايا ثورة العِشرين” الثانية لأولى عمليّاتها لإخراج القوّات الأمريكيّة مِن العِراق؟ وكيف يتوقّع الجِنرالات في إسرائيل طبيعة الانتِقام الإيراني للهُجوم على مفاعل “نطنز” النووي؟
هل ستُنفّذ حركة “أنصار الله” الحوثيّة تهديداتها الأحدث وتقصف تل أبيب بصواريخٍ باليستيّة؟ ولماذا نعتقد أنّ هذا الاحتِمال غير مُستبعد وربّما وشيك؟ وكيف سيكون الرّد الإسرائيلي؟
تلاسنٌ “مُرعب” بالمُناورات العسكريّة بين السيسي وأردوغان قُرب الحُدود الليبيّة.. لماذا تأجّلت معركتا سرت والجفرة وهل السّبب الخوف من الحرب البريّة؟ ومن قصف قاعدة الوطية ومن سيُغطّي تكاليف المُواجهة إذا اشتعلت.. قطر والإمارات والسعوديّة؟
مصادر: أمريكا أفرجت عن اللبناني قاسم تاج الدين المتهم بتمويل حزب الله نتيجة لاتصالات غير مباشرة بين طهران وواشنطن
سوق مُنتعش للاتّهامات في الأردن وبحث حكومي محموم عن “خليفة” لمحمد الذهبي في زنزانته: مشروع السلط الدائري يُوحّد المُعارض شبيلات ورئيس مجلس النواب وإخوته.. وتساؤلات مشروعة بعد بيان الطراونة: لماذا لا يستلم القضاء القضيّة؟ ولماذا استخدم صِفته دِفاعاً عن أُسرته؟ ولماذا أصبحت ورقة “التصفية السياسية” على الطاولة؟ (تحليل سياسي)
صحف مصرية: لواء يلمّح لدور مصر في ضرب قاعدة الوِطية! ساويرس يحذر أردوغان بعد تحويل “آيا صوفيا” إلى مسجد! أستاذة إعلام شهيرة تأسى على إعلاميين باعوا ضمائرهم في سوق النخاسة الإعلامية! في ذكرى ميلاده: نهاية مأساوية للنجم علي الكسّار!
فوينيه أوبزرينيه: خطر المواجهة بين تركيا ومصر في ليبيا يزداد
سفوبودنايا بريسا: كابوس لإسرائيل وأمريكا: تزويد إيران بطائرات سو-30
فايننشال تايمز: مسؤول لبناني سابق يقول البنوك هرّبت 6 مليارات دولار للخارج
يديعوت أحرنوت: ليبرمان يهاجم نتنياهو بسبب “التسريبات” حول الانفجار في منشـأة نطنز النووية الإيرانية
صالح عوض: صدمة أيا صوفيا.. تحريك المياه الراكدة
د. حازم مقدادي: الأردنيون و الفلسطينيون يواجهون مُخططات الضّمّ بأطرافٍ مبتورة
ناصر دمج: العشائرية والدولة المدينية
تحقيق: أردوغان يعلن ولادة جديدة لتركيا المسلمة في “آيا صوفيا”
الدكتور محمد فخري صويلح: قراءة في الوثيقة المخفية لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين في الأردن
نضال ابوزيد: هل يقف الشارع إلى جانب الفساد وبيان الطراونة يعيد إلى الاذهان عبارة “مش شغلك يا مواطن”
د. سنية الحسيني: خطوة الضم آتية… ماذا بعد!
طارق الحايك: إبادة الهنود الحمر.. المأساة المخفية
المحامي محمد مروان التل: العقوبات الدولية و حقوق الآخرين
عبد الهادي السايح: أردوغان والعرب
حماد صبح: النشاط الاستخباري الإسرائيلي في غزة 
المهندس ميشيل كلاغاصي: السلام الدولي ما بين الصمود الإيراني والخديعة الأمريكية
علاء الخطيب: العراق: الفكرةُ الثالثة
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