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

Rumors aside, the Saudi Aramco IPO is on track

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The rumor mills were awash over the past few weeks that the Aramco IPO was either going to be cancelled or postponed. Anonymous sources also stated that the Chinese would buy the whole planned five percent of the planned IPO in a private placement, or that the IPO would be split between the Chinese and the Saudi stock market listing of Aramco. The Saudi oil giant repeatedly issued statements that the IPO was on track for 2018 and that all options were being considered as to an international ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Dangers of refusing to link the Iran Deal to Tehran’s behavior

Sunday, 22 October 2017

“What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage?” -Felix Dennis It was a nail-biting moment for many as they waited for President Donald Trump to announce his position on “certifying” the nuclear agreement between major Western powers (plus Russia and China) and Iran; officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Although many leaks and announcements about Trump’s position proved to be true, it was so important that ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Exposing mainstream media: America’s Iraq antics in North Korea

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Propaganda is afoot. The US mainstream media is back to its old familiar self, pursuing the same pattern of war propaganda it used against Washington's enemies in the past. Its attitude towards the conflict with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program mirrors its behavior during the US-manufactured crisis that led to the Iraq war in 2003.War propaganda replayedManufacturing consent among US citizens, most of whom are unable to understand the complexity of the situation, or even locate North ...

Ramzy Baroud

Between opposing Kurdish separation and sidelining the Kurds

Saturday, 21 October 2017

It was inevitable for Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani to try out his citizens’ luck, the Iraqi Kurds, in fulfilling a long time dream of theirs – separation and running an independent state. Most arrows were pointing to failure, so why did Barzani do it? Perhaps if he didn’t, fingers would be pointing at him in the future accused of failing his people. This is critical because Barzani assumed joint effort with Baghdad’s government both militarily and politically over the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iran, Europe and the long list of US conditions

Friday, 20 October 2017

Tehran’s gamble on a single, cohesive European stance that will help it withstand US pressure failed within 48 hours, following a shift in Europe’s position, which came a day after US President Donald Trump announced his country's new strategy in dealing with Iran. Softening European position On Sunday, Europeans resorted to a language closer to the rationale of bargaining with Washington over the crisis regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran, agreeing on common points between ...

Mustafa Fahs

Children carry the weight of war in Yemen

Friday, 20 October 2017

Yemen is still one of the worst humanitarian disasters currently ongoing in the world. The conflict, which began when Houthi militias refusal to accept the political transition of power, is not ‘sexy’ enough to hold the attention of the international press for sustained periods of time, but it rages on, causing ever mounting human suffering on a mass scale. So far, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed, three million have been displaced from their home, and due to the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Mideast oil prices: The party is not over yet

Friday, 20 October 2017

Previously, the West used to make fun of us every time the oil prices fell. Their media used to beam that the “party is over” for the Arabs. With these rapturous outbursts, they hoped for the end of an era where we made money-selling petroleum and it was finally the time for us to taste poverty. However, thanks to God, each time this happens, oil prices rebounded or even rose higher after a slowdown for a limited period. As a result, the party did not end for us, whether the West ...

Talal Al-Gashgari

Governance systems in the Gulf and democracy

Friday, 20 October 2017

The concept of democracy has often been viewed in misleading revolutionary terms as so-called plans for the society’s redemption have been glorified by catchy, illusory and populist slogans. The ideals of democracy have at times been presented with the intent of igniting sentiments for radical change. This revolutionary agenda behind promoting the democratic ideal tries to promote the false argument that political institutions in the Gulf are somehow unrelated to democratic sensibilities. ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Reversing migration flows: The battle we can’t afford to lose

Thursday, 19 October 2017

As the world celebrated World Food Day, with an emphasis on the role of migration in food security, it was remarkable how many times the term “rural development” was mentioned in both official and non-official statements. Indeed, “rural development” was being used to such an extent that everyone seemed to be trying to align their work with this “new” concept. In fact, this 40-year-old concept, adopted by IFAD from its earliest days, continues to reflect the ...

Khalida Bouzar

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