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An American message before the Dhahran Arab Summit

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Questions about the strikes, led by the US with British and French support, on Syria were raised as soon as they were carried out. These questions dealt primarily with two issues: The scale of the strikes, and their prime objective. However, it is impossible to ignore that they came a few hours before the start of the 29th Arab summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.The summit could not have been convened in more troubled times, and on several levels: First, in the Gulf region and Arabian Peninsula ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Syria: The defining issue of our generation

Saturday, 21 April 2018

“We are here to protest against the bombing of Syria by Donald Trump and Theresa May,” said the placard waving young man sporting a ferocious beard.“Killing Muslims must be stopped,” added the middle-aged lady dressed all in black with a demeanor of a diva.Our interlocutors were among a handful of activists from the anti-war coalition spending part of their weekend venting their hatred of Trump and America, and presumably of capitalism and imperialism in general, in front ...

Amir Taheri

Turkey’s rapprochement with Iran, tactical or strategic?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

At a time when relations between the traditional rivals of the US and Russia do not seem well with so many complicated files including the Syrian cause, Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan has been trying to walk on the Russian and American tight ropes, in an attempt to achieve Ankara’s interests.Washington supports Ankara in its opposition to the Syrian regime, bringing Turkey closer to the Gulf capitals and Tel Aviv, while Moscow provides Ankara with support against the Kurds. However ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Weapons inspectors delayed after gunfire in Syria’s Douma

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Chemical weapons inspectors had to delay visiting the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma on Wednesday after a UN security team reported gunfire at the location a day earlier, sources briefed on the team’s deployment told Reuters. Details of the shooting were unclear, but weapons inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have pushed back their visit which was supposed to happen on Wednesday, the sources said.

Kuwait Airways to resume Beirut flights

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Middle East carrier Kuwait Airways said on Saturday it would resume all flights to Beirut on Sunday after a three-day suspension due to warnings about flying close to Lebanese airspace. In a statement carried by the state news agency KUNA, the company said “the reasons that caused the suspension have removed.” Cyprus authorities made the warning on Thursday, the company said, following an announcement two days earlier from Europe’s air traffic control agency that asked ...

Middle East’s problems more complex than ever

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The blood that was shed in the occupied Palestinian territories on the anniversary of ‘Land Day’ will be followed by more of the same if the ‘March of Return’ continues until Nakba Day on May 15.The Palestinian wound has been bleeding for 70 years and, with the current Israeli and global leaders in place, the prospect of any meaningful compromise is virtually non-existent. Rather, it may be said that the conflict has never been so far from settlement as it is today, and ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Senior Jewish leader: Qatar must choose between US and allies or Iran

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A senior Jewish leader said that US officials will most likely discuss with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad his country’s policy in using “double language” with several Arab and international players. Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said it was certain that Tamim’s meeting with Trump, which occurred on Tuesday, took place under unfavorable circumstances for the emir. Speaking to Al Arabiya English, Halber said: “It is ...

Saudi Crown Prince meets with UN Security Council’s Big Five

Friday, 30 March 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the permanent Security Council representatives to the United Nations in New York on Friday. Representing the five permanent countries of the UN's Security Council were French ambassador François Delattre, US ambassador Nikki Haley, Russian ambassador Vasily Nebenzya, Chinese ambassador Ma Zhaoxu and UK ambassador Jonathan Allen. During the meeting, the crown prince and the ambassadors discussed the current situation in the ...

The regional powder keg and the threat of conflagration

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

There are varying assessments on the factors that might trigger a large scale conflagration in the Middle East. There are those who believe that this major outbreak of hostilities may occur in May, when President Trump makes a final decision on the Iranian nuclear deal. Some argue that the overwhelming Iranian pressure on the borders of the Zionist entity from Syria and Lebanon will be the immediate factor behind an escalation. Israel has stated that it will not put up with the reality which ...

Radwan al-Sayed

The US-Saudi relations: New challenges and opportunities

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The close strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has been vital for the security and prosperity of both countries as well as for regional peace and stability.This historical relationship has never been more important than it is today, mainly for two intertwined reasons: the change in the complex security landscape of the Middle East and the change within Saudi Arabia.President Trump’s administration came into office during an unprecedented tumultuous time in the ...

Saad Alsubaie

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