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Significance of Saudi-Russian oil cooperation

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia and Russia have not enjoyed confidence with each other over the production of oil for several years now. OPEC records show that Russia never committed itself to cutting oil production along with its partners in the organization. It was only when oil prices eventually fell to $30 and $40 per barrel that Russia realized that real cooperation with Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, is the only way for maintaining financial returns for a large oil-rich country. A new ...

Randa Takieddine

Velayati’s controversial remarks: Diplomatic lapse or blatant interventionism?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I doubt whether most Iraqis would bother about recent statements made by Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, regarding the presence of US and NATO forces in the eastern region of the Syrian Euphrates. Iraqis have endured hardships for a very long time and apparently seem fed up with foreign affairs issues, even those regarding their immediate neighboring countries. Uncalled for incitement The aforementioned statements by Velayati were made after his meeting with vice ...

Adnan Hussein

The Post: An inspirational movie on journalistic integrity and excellence

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Although many journalists may not have seen the movie The Post, which is now showing in theaters, but it is based on a true story which remains an important source of inspiration for them today. Journalists of various kinds consider the story as a guide for motivating them toward their cause, which should enable them to reinforce their commitment to their noble vocation. Personally I have seen a number of good movies that discuss issues faced by the press, but I do not think there has been any ...

Amjad Almunif

Nation and the dialogues about patriotism

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Major General Saeed Jawdat was one of those who fought under King Faisal’s command after it succeeded in restoring southern Saudi areas. Back then, Saudi forces reached the city of Hodeidah. They left three months later following King Abdulaziz’s directions and returned to Saudi borders. Jawdat participated in many unification wars later. I selected Jawdat’s biography to cite because it sums up a lot. Jawdat was a Turkish garrison officer. When he was defeated before King ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Unprecedented situation in Syria

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Iraq has never witnessed such a situation despite all it has endured. Libya has never experienced it either despite its ongoing chaos. Lebanon, during the worst period of its wars, has also never seen such a reality. The same can be said of Somalia, Afghanistan and other countries whose unity and sovereignty fell victim to foreign meddling.Syria’s story is different and unique. Never before have all these flags, interests, dangers, armies, militias, internal divisions and regional and ...

Ghassan Charbel

Thus spoke Sayyaf

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

I was pretty much surprised by the interview which colleague Nasser al-Haqbani at Ash-Sharq al-Awsat daily conducted with Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a former “star mujahideen” in Afghanistan during the 1980s and 1990s. Sayyaf looked like he just walked out of the pages of history. Besides his grey hair and beard, his looks did not change at all. Sayyaf commented on Afghanistan’s current situation but what was really interesting in the interview is his statements on figures from that ...

Mashari Althaydi

Lebanon and Israel: Ominous clouds loom over their border

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ominous clouds loom over Lebanon and Israel. The two countries are technically still in a state of war, but their common borders have remained without any tension since the 2006 conflict. A UN drawn ‘blue line’ marks their borders both on land and on sea, following Israeli withdrawal from its ‘safe zone’ in southern Lebanon.This demarcation is not definitive and requires signing as part of an eventual peace treaty between Israel and Lebanon and hence is placed under the ...

Christian Chesnot

Qatar’s attempt to deceive the West

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Qatari emir's speech at the Munich Security Conference recently held was a remarkable attempt at deceiving the West. Through his words, the emir tried to outsmart Westerners, and so he made use of smart one-liners and outlandish claims that no longer fool countries of the region. One wonders whether he was seriously expecting to deceive powerful countries with sound faculty of judgment. Strangely, Qatar continues to believe that it is in the right and imagines that various countries still ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

The Islamist confusion of branding religion as political system

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

In order to dismantle the tyranny and violence issuing from the Islamist system of the Arab world today, there should be focus on researching the essence of Islamic culture, not religion. One day as a child, the great poet Muhammad Iqbal was reciting verses from the Holy Quran, when his father entered the room. His father told him, “My son! Read the book of God, as if it was written today.” This is a profound call for restoring the Qur’anic text as a direct means of guidance ...

Ali Al-Amin

Paving the way to sustainable SMEs through governance

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

There is a general perception that Governance is for large businesses, in fact more often than not the term used is “Corporate” Governance, and thus SME’s (Small and medium size businesses) in general believe that this practice can be delayed to a later stage of their growth cycle. Whilst there is a growing interest and awareness towards the best practices of corporate governance, especially amongst large family businesses in the region that are transitioning to second or even ...

Amr Banaja

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