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Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

What is rude for most Arabs…is not Trump’s handshake

EPA photo   By Ahmed Tharwat Lots of debate and media coverage preceded and followed President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom. Anxieties and expectations filled the air. Trump, who has been behaving like a royal frat boy all his life, was visiting Saudi royalty in his first official overseas visit.

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017

The New American-Saudi-Muslim Alliance

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah As the ‘mainstream media’ besieged President Donald Trump’s touchdown in Riyadh on his first international trip where he was expected to receive a lavish and unprecedented reception by Saudi officials to attend a busy two day summit with Saudis, GCC leaders and heads of states from the Islamic […]

The end of Iraqi and Syrian woes and the disappearance of ISIS

Reuters photo   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini When entangled elements make it hard to reach sound analyses, conspiracy theories appear to be a good tool to explain the unexplained. This applies perfectly to the situation in the Middle East.

The Electronics Ban and Lessons in Futility

Reuters photo   By Binoy Kampmark Security measures are often exercises in futility. Resembling placebos, they are the reassurance authorities make as acts of intrusive inconvenience. Queues are increased at airports in the vain hope that an elusive gel carrier will be nabbed before the next detonating device is activated on a flight. Shoes are […]

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

History Beckons

James Stone   By David Adejumo   The value of history to Nation building

Marriage Of Convenience

Mohammed Jalil/EPA   By Ricardo Swire The Western Hemisphere is part of the globe that includes North and South America, accompanying islands and surrounding waters. The US State Department’s 2015 report stated South America and the Caribbean serve as areas of financial and ideological support for the Islamic State (IS), in addition to other Middle […]

President Erdogan’s sins

By Sami Jamil Jadallah With the rising anger toward Turkey in the Arab world, perhaps I am one of the few who truly believes in the Turkish Miracle under the leadership of then President Abdullah Gul and now President Recep Erdogan and the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP).

With crises set to worsen, what are aid groups’ priorities for 2017?

Antonio Parrinello/Reuters   By Umberto Bacchi After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

Observations of an Expat: Disastrous Middle East Victory

Nicole Tung   By Tom Arms It looks as if the fighting in Iraq and Syria will draw to a close in 2017. We won and lost.

In parting shot at Israel, Kerry warns Middle East peace in jeopardy

Darren Ornitz/Reuters   By Lesley Wroughton and Yeganeh Torbati U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel’s building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardizing Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America’s longtime ally weeks before he is due to leave office.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Who are you friends with today?

AFP photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   In Politics you don’t have friends or foes, you have only Opportunity! Opportunity!! & Opportunity!!!

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

Turmoil in the Muslim world and a way forward

Reuters photo   By Shahper Hassan Religion had been put aside by the despotic rulers in Arab countries where we have witnessed the uprising, fighting and bloodshed which continues to this day.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Putin’s backing the Afghani Taliban

AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner Many different radicalized extremist groups operate in Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIS. While ISIS and the Taliban share an ultraconservative interpretation of Islam with the avowed purpose of advancing radicalized Islam, the difference stops there. Whereas ISIS and al-Qaeda have adopted a global jihad against […]

Jordan has survived the Arab Spring turmoil, ISIS and the Syrian regime plots

AFP photo   By Nehad Ismail Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals and wars despite the opinion of a number of prominent commentators who warned that the country might easily be swept away in the wake of the Arab […]

Observations of an Expat: Hope of millions vs Fear of Millions

Rodi Said/Reuters   By Tom Arms The figures are staggering. 65.3 million are currently forcibly displaced from their homes. Half of them are children. That figure from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the highest since records began and has doubled over the past ten years.

Syria rebels guardedly agree on truce but battles persist

Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters   By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry Government troops and insurgents fought in several parts of Syria on Sunday, apparently seeking to strengthen their positions on the eve of a ceasefire that Free Syrian Army rebels said they would observe but with major reservations.

Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish

Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini The Middle East continues to be of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found, in recent developments, an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different […]

Observations of an Expat: Erdogan and Putin cosy up

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.

Turkey: Erdogan’s Unbridled Ambition

AFP photo   By Grégory Wilson  On July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first president in Turkey’s modern history to still be in power after a military coup.

When the going gets tough – people turn to the stars

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP   By Vickie Zisman Rational thinking is good. Western civilization has been hard-wired from almost the cradle of its conscious existence (Aristotle?) that logic and facts are the sole base for correct decision making in life. Even monotheistic religions like Judaism (which is a very practical earthly day to day codex of […]

Arab Brains, Arab $, Why Not?

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah Away from politics for a few minutes. Immediately after Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accord with its lucrative contract to manage the Israeli Occupation, there was much excitement among Israeli and Arab capitalists, even among politicians like Shimon Peres, who were dreaming of combining Arab Money with Israeli […]

Ankara’s loss, another’s gain

Aris Messinis   By Zeravan Barwary Syria has become a headache for Ankara as an aftermath of its official support for the Syrian opposition.

Oman: a Peaceful Oasis in a Flaming region

By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini In a fractious, unstable region rife with conflicts, one country appears to be unscathed. It is telling that Oman emerged not only intact from the ramifications of the Arab Spring, but also shied away from the tense polarisation that has hijacked the rest of the Middle East.

A Voice for Ambassador Chris Stevens – Part Two

By Lydie Denier   Part Two of Lydie Denier’s article detailing the tragic death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Politics surrounding it. Part One can be found here.

Hamas is fighting the legitimate struggle for Palestinian self-determination

SAID KHATIB – AFP By Rupen Savoulian   We today reproduce an important article from September 2014 which can be read in line with the events of today The Islamic Resistance Movement – ‘Hamas‘ the abbreviation from the Arabic – has constituted the democratically elected government of the Palestinian territories since January 2006. It swept to […]