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A Saudi-UAE alliance to maintain Gulf security

Monday, 11 December 2017

Coordination and cooperation efforts between Saudi Arabia and the UAE are ongoing amid several regional wars and crises. The two stable Gulf countries are surrounded by a number of “failed” regimes and other regimes that have unsuccessfully tried to escape the quagmire of terrorism and violence.It has been a difficult time for these countries, especially due to sectarian, racist and fundamentalist rhetoric that fuels divisions and pushes armed militias and parties toward absurd ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

On the road to Jerusalem

Monday, 11 December 2017

I understand Arab and Muslim anger and general anger of the American decision to transfer the US embassy to West Jerusalem after it recognized it as the capital of Israel. The word “Jerusalem” alone is enough to move general sentiment of Muslims in particular and of course of Christians and Jews. Jerusalem is the city of prayer, as Fairuz sang, and the soul’s capital where all three monotheistic religions meet. The image of Jerusalem’s mosques has been printed on Saudi ...

Mashari Althaydi

Bitcoin: Is it the future of currency?

Monday, 11 December 2017

From the time I start writing this article to the time I finish it, the fluctuating price of the digital currency ‘bitcoin’ would have most likely risen or fallen appreciably. How does this digital currency work, and from where has it emerged? It is said that it was started by an anonymous group with a Japanese name in 2007, who set the standards and computing algorithms for its “production”. I will leave the details about its founding and focus now on the question as to ...

Rashid bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan

US embassy to Jerusalem: The Aftermath

Monday, 11 December 2017

There are a number of statements that we can agree on: recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to it is a shortsighted, irresponsible decision by US President Trump. This should be the time the disadvantaged parties to reexamine the history of the Middle East conflict with clear eyes and intellectual minds instead of the prevailing emotional reaction of old.The future is bleak long as Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims keep resorting to same old feel-good ...

Walid Jawad

What is in store for Yemen after Ali Abdullah Saleh

Monday, 11 December 2017

Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president, was assassinated by the hands of Iran’s arm in Yemen. He was assassinated by the Houthis just as former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated by the hands of Iran’s terrorist wing, Hezbollah, in Lebanon. This is a barbaric model that has been unleashed by Iran in the region under an abhorrent sectarian umbrella. Confrontation or conflict with Iran is not a sectarian conflict nor is it a political conflict as it is ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Behind Saleh’s bizarre decision to turn against the Houthis

Sunday, 10 December 2017

I never personally heard President Ali Abdulah Saleh make his famous statement that ruling Yemen was like “dancing on the heads of snakes.” In fact, the last time I saw him in 2004 with Doctor Abdulkarim al-Iryani, the Houthi movement was just getting started. I had seen its banners in Saada and Dahyan. I remember Saleh saying about the Houthi movement: “They are a demon Yemen has never known before, and it has known many demons throughout its modern and old history”. ...

Radwan al-Sayed

How do you solve a problem like Jerusalem?

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Arabs now believe that the charade of the US being an honest broker in the stalled, non-existent peace process has finally been put to rest with Trump’s announcement of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The US had after all only offered feeble protestations at the ever expanding Israeli settlements which changed the facts on the ground while the Palestinians watched in horror as their future state diminished.Trump’s decision puts him at odds with all his international allies. And ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Iranian complicity

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Those who are angry by the low interest and lack of reactions with Washington's decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem must understand how and why. Events in our region are moving faster than the Japanese bullet train, at a pace of 320 kilometers per hour. As soon as the former Yemeni president announced his dissent from his former Houthi ally on Yemeni television, Ahmed Shafiq, the former Egyptian prime minister announced on Al Jazeera, his decision to return to Egypt and run for elections. ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Will Iraq’s upcoming elections be dead on arrival?

Saturday, 9 December 2017

On December 5, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, announced that provincial and parliamentary elections will be held on May 12, 2018; yet, many domestic events and regional developments would delay the elections as the Iraqi community is undergoing many societal and economic as well as political hardships. As the date of Provincial Councils and the House of Representatives elections is approaching, some Iraqi leaders started to call for further procrastination due to two reasons: The ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Yemen will not accept the Houthis, not after 1,000 years

Friday, 8 December 2017

It is Yemen. Is it happy? No. A former Yemeni official talked a while ago about five presidents in the south and five in the north and their fate which, due to violence, was either exile or death. This is the nature of givens in Yemen as those who do not get exiled get killed. All givens, including Monday’s developments, were not any different. The expected murder happened. It was no surprise but it was painful. My source, the Yemeni official, asked: “Does the new given yield a new ...

Huda al-Husseini

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