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Hezbollah and Arab Shiites in Gulf countries

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

When it comes to the impact of Hezbollah’s role on politics and security in the Middle East, it is necessary to first talk about Iran’s role in detail. For all intents and purposes, Hezbollah is the political and military arm of the theocratic regime in Iran and is considered the vanguard among ‘the followers on the path of Al-Imam’. In fact, Hezbollah cadres are the most well trained and best prepared among members of this broader movement — the followers on the ...

Kamel Al-Khatti

‘It is not PSG; it is UNESCO’

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

On paper, it was a captivating battle. In the name of geographical rotation, an Arab should have taken the lead of UNESCO’s leadership.In the end, that is not what happened. Yet in the first round of voting, the four Arab candidates (Moushira Khattab for Egypt, Hamad Al-Kuwari for Qatar, Vera El Khoury Lacoeuilhe for Lebanon and Saleh Al-Hasnawi for Iraq) had obtained a total of 34 votes, i.e. 4 majority votes.However, Audrey Azoulay is the new Director-General of UNESCO. On the starting ...

Christian Chesnot

Difference between starting a venture capital firm and managing it

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Everyone loves an entrepreneur venture capitalist as they extol the best in human spirit, self-motivation, drive and creating wealth for themselves and others.In the Gulf, the emphasis is to move away from reliance on hydro- carbon revenue and state spending and to unleashing the capitalist spirit of the private sector, especially of technology entrepreneurship.Many venture capital companies have been created and financial institutions and private equity lenders are eager to source these new ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

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

The new bloc against Tehran

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Truth be told, the pace of developments has taken us by surprise. Ever since Washington announced its decision against Iran’s government, Britain and Germany shifted their stance from insisting to remain loyal to the commitments of the nuclear deal to announcing that they support Trump’s plan to confront Tehran’s regime in the Middle East.It seems quite clear as the problem is not related to an agreement over nuclear activity as much as it’s about the wars, which Iran is ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Who is driving Qatar into suffocating, costly isolation?

Monday, 16 October 2017

A top Qatari investor in Doha Stock Exchange recently appeared on Al-Jazeera television channel to reassure Qatari and foreign investors that the stock situation is alright. This has come following the news of many investors exiting the market as they feared a dark future especially that the quartet’s boycott is still on and there are little indications of it ending soon. The investor, Jaber bin Hajjaj Al-Ashahwani, broke down as he called on the Qataris to feel for Qatar as he saw how ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Threats of war and the memory of Aoun asylum

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 13 marked the day when General Michel Aoun, a former commander of the Lebanese army, fled to the French Embassy in Beirut. Although history does not repeat itself, a tragedy that affects Lebanon’s domestic situation is about to happen. Divisions are widening and deepening in the country due to Hezbollah’s domination and its control of institutions and the army’s decision-making. Meanwhile the president, i.e. Michel Aoun, is biased toward Hezbollah even when it comes to ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Saudi women take the lead

Monday, 16 October 2017

Anyone, who knows the Saudi society well, also knows that the decision to allow women to drive (as they were allowed to join the Shoura Council earlier) is more like the moment of landing on the moon in the social context. To get into a completely forbidden area that was not previously imaginable is significant.Living communities are always moving and adapting to their changing situation and the movement that has taken place in Saudi Arabia in the last one and half years with the number of ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Blowing up the nuclear agreement

Monday, 16 October 2017

It was a matter of time before the clock ticks to reconsider the Iranian nuclear agreement, repeatedly described by US President Donald Trump as “the worst deal ever”. It is the worst. Trump needed 10 months to start an actual confrontation with Iran, while Obama took eight years to throw the safety buoy to Iran. Iran was delighted by the agreement since it is the greatest winner. Iran was allowed to exceed the limited heavy water quantities, which means that it would move on with ...

Salman al-Dosary

Was it the Kurds who brought foreigners to Iraq?

Monday, 16 October 2017

We are on the verge of a new civil war in Iraq between the Kurds and Baghdad’s authority, which is dominated by Shiite parties. The sectarian part of the war will be between the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization while on another hand it will be between the Iraqi army forces and Kurdistan’s army.The line of fire, which may spark clashes, is the Kirkuk front, the Iraqi city known for its petroleum and mixed identity as the Kurds insist that it is Kurdish and belongs to the ...

Mashari Althaydi

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