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Why aren’t more Arab women saying #MeToo?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have shaken the world. So far, more than 30 women have provided statements that the producer sexually harassed or assaulted them over the course of his career in the movie industry.The allegations have prompted women around the world to share their individual stories of harassment and abuse that they have faced over their lifetimes using the hashtag #MeToo.My feeds have been inundated with women making frank and transparent statements ...

Yara al-Wazir

Trump and the coup against the coup

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Donald Trump did not shred the “very bad” nuclear deal with Iran. He has strongly shaken it and trembled the image that Iran tried to market at the international level after the signing of the agreement. He raised doubts and asked questions about what his predecessor, Barack Obama, considered the most important achievement of his era. The deal was not the most important part of the president’s speech. It was rather the message that Iran’s problem with the world and the ...

Ghassan Charbel

China: Reshuffling the party cadres

Saturday, 14 October 2017

It is a testimony to the peculiarities of international attention to world events that while every tweet by US President Donald Trump triggers an avalanche of reports, analyses, and outright abuse, little attention is paid as the People’s Republic of China prepares to hold its five-yearly National Congress of the Communist Party in Beijing.And, yet, China is now established as the world’s largest economy in gross domestic product (GDP) terms and the second biggest exporter after ...

Amir Taheri

Lebanon’s Adel Karam to headline as Netflix’s first Middle East original production

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Lebanese comedian Adel Karam will headline a comedy special that will be Netflix’s first Middle East original production, Los Angeles-based Variety reported.“I am very happy and excited to be a part of Netflix’s first original production to be produced in Middle East. It is a great honor and privilege, and I can’t wait to embark on this new adventure,” Adel said in a statement.The special, which is yet to be titled, will “tackle everything from relationships ...

A red carpet for Moscow in the Middle East

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The historic visit of King Salman to Moscow further emphasizes Russia’s central role in the Middle East.The announcement of the purchase of the S-400 Russian anti-aircraft defense system by Riyadh caused anger in Washington. Before the Saudis, the Turkish NATO members also commissioned the same system. A sacrilege for the Westerners! Beyond the purely military aspect of these contracts, this is a new sign of Russia’s growing role in the Middle East.Is Russia in the process of ousting ...

Christian Chesnot

What the West doesn’t understand about UAE foreign aid

Monday, 9 October 2017

In 2013, 2014, and 2016, the UAE was the world’s biggest international donor, as measured by official development assistance as a percentage of GNI, disbursing billions of dollars each year. In 2015, it had the fourth highest aid per capita in the world. Most westerners have no idea that the UAE is so active in foreign aid. Coverage of its aid by global media outlets is limited, except in 2015, when UAE foreign aid was cited as part of an ill-informed campaign to characterize the Gulf ...

Former NATO official: It is for Arabs to take destiny into their hands

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The world we live in is shaped by rapid changes of all kinds; technological, economic, political and military. It requires new tools for understanding these changes and deciding on matters related to them. Like it or not, those best equipped to cope effectively with novelty will prosper. We experience an unprecedented degree of freedom. No power is a true hegemon and everyone can participate with different influences, values and interests. Another novelty is the presence as international actors ...

Newton’s third law in a country held captive

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

I would have preferred today to write something about the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum and its likely consequences; as it presents a true landmark regardless how one looks at it. However, the sentences passed by Lebanon’s Military Court against the hardline sheikh Ahmad Al-Asir and his followers after convicting them of “confronting the army” is worth some deliberation. For a start, I would like to say that I do not support sheikh Al-Asir, who has been sentenced to death, nor do ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

King Salman’s Russia visit has potential to change Middle East landscape

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will head an official delegation on October4-7, 2017 to have meetings with Russian president Vladimir Putin and senior government officials, the first ever visit by a Saudi King to Moscow since the foundation of the Kingdom.The visit, which has been postponed several times earlier, is gaining significance due to the success of preliminary visits by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Russia since he took over the Ministry of Defense in 2015, during which he met ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

ANALYSIS: Is Iran’s intransigence whiplashing onto its population?

Monday, 2 October 2017

Iran’s aggressions across the Middle East and its support for terrorist and fundamentalist organizations have raised strong remarks from senior regional officials and their American counterparts. And the impact is whiplashing back into Iran’s population. Iran is ramping up its illicit activities across the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, and threatens free navigation in international waters, according to the US military’s top officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of ...

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