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Why is Nasrallah angry with Arabs?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

In Hassan Nasrallah’s recent speech, in which he commented on the Arab foreign ministers’ statement on Iran and its followers, Houthis in Yemen and Hassan Nasrallah’s Party in Lebanon, two things drew my attention.The first is Nasrallah’s insistence on the idea that the axis of opposition – meaning the axis of Iran – has won a sweeping victory for the benefit of not only Syrians and Iraqis, and not for the benefit of Arabs and Muslims. According to him, this ...

Mashari Althaydi

Macron as a firefighter diplomat

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The mediation of Emmanuel Macron in the Hariri affair confirms France’s desire to play a central role in the Middle East. The principles of the diplomatic posture of Paris are regularly hammered by the French president’s advisers. France speaks to everyone – be it Saudis or Iranians – and does not have to take sides in the struggle for influence in the region. In this context, the Lebanese crisis was a promising test case for the French president who was able to deploy ...

Christian Chesnot

The challenge of ‘Iranian interference’

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

It is enough for Arab foreign ministers to open their world map to confirm that their emergency meeting in Cairo yesterday was justified and necessary.Talking about the “Iranian interference” is not a passing accusation that lacks evidence. The insistence on discussing it never falls within the framework of harassment or escalation.It is an attempt to crystallize a unified Arab will to deal with a tense Arab reality in a group of countries and maps. Repercussions of continued ...

Ghassan Charbel

When Aoun ‘hallucinates’, parroting Khamenei

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Exactly one year ago, on the 1st of November, I wrote an article titled “What will Aoun achieve?” Actually, all the opinions I presented came true, as it was a correct reading of the history of the current Lebanese President Michel Aoun, his "disturbed" approach, personal interests and his old and reawakened dreams!Undoubtedly, Saad Hariri’s resignation from his post as Lebanese Prime Minister will not turn into a big crisis between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. However, ...

Jameel al-Thiyabi

What took YouTube so long to delete Awlaki’s videos?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

After multiple requests throughout the past few years, YouTube deleted 50,000 videos of extremist Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in an American air strike in Yemen in 2011. This is a positive step but it raises many important questions that are difficult to ignore or sweep under the rug.The first question is why has it taken so long to prohibit the public circulation of these videos? I think a mix of financial and cultural reasons was behind it. The owners of these social media websites, like ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Iranian weapons in Lebanon

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Arab League foreign ministers met on Sunday to look into a complaint which Saudi Arabia submitted against Iran for its interferences in its security through its militias in Lebanon and Yemen. We, the Lebanese people, have a long history with Iran’s militias. It goes back to around two decades. Until 2000, Hezbollah operated under the cover of resisting Israeli occupation of Lebanese territories and cited the Lebanese army’s weakness and incapability to liberate them. However, the ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Bride of the Red Sea gets a facelift

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Soon, Jeddah will have a new, renovated and a state-of-the-art coastal front that is sure to provide quiet enjoyment with popular seaside entertainment and community facilities. This new seafront is sure to be an attractive and must-see destination for the people of Jeddah and visitors from all over the Kingdom.The size of this new seafront can harbor more than 120,000 people at the same time. The sheer numbers that it can hold is sure to provide a place for families and friends to visit, making ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

Countering Iran’s territorial expansion: Options for the Arab bloc

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

On 4th of November, Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked the Saudi capital with a ballistic missile provided to them by the regime in Tehran. This aggression escalated the ongoing war of words between Saudi Arabia and the Iranian regime. Even after four decades of the 1979 revolution, the world witnesses the cancer of Iran’s theocrats spreading across the Middle East. The reality is that following the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard ...

Hamid Bahrami

Democracy and legislation related to child marriage

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Iraq today has an elected parliament. Ninety years ago, it also had an elected parliament. It is thus one of the oldest countries practicing modern democracy. Theoretically, societies’ awareness is supposed to develop with time. However, this is not always the case. Iraq’s parliamentarians are currently looking into amending personal status law to legislate few matters such as allowing parents to marry off minor girls, as young as nine, and allowing tribes to resort to tribal customs ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iran, the battle of all Arabs

Monday, 20 November 2017

Is the problem with Iran limited to Saudi Arabia? The question may seem strange to some. However, most Arab media coverage implies this.What is more strange is that there is no direct and apparent Iranian invasion of Saudi Arabia. This is a suicidal adventure anyway. However, there is an invasion of Yemen, Iraq and Syria and semi-occupation and tutelage over Lebanon through the local proxy, Hezbollah.There is destructive Iranian activity in Saudi Arabia through terrorist cells in Qatif and Ahsa, ...

Mashari Althaydi

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