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Qatar in the eyes of Qaradawi

Monday, 23 April 2018

We haven’t heard Qatari leadership’s comment on what the former Russian ambassador to Qatar said regarding his meeting with Yusuf al-Qaradawi. We also haven’t heard a response from the Qatari “Brotherhood” regarding the envoy’s remarks on Qaradawi’s opinion about the ruling regime in Qatar. Do they agree with Qaradawi’s point of view, as clarified by the former envoy, that “Gulf regimes are dictatorial, bloody and oppressive” and that ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

In Iraq, we fight corruption but elect the corrupt

Monday, 23 April 2018

Finally, and thanks to the upcoming elections it seems, the machine has begun working, and we now hope that it will not break down again or suffer any damages that burn out its engine as soon as the ballot boxes close on the evening of the 12th of May. By the machine, I mean the one fighting administrative and financial corruption. Fighting corrupt leaders In the past few months, Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi escalated his tone while speaking out on fighting corruption and pledging to act ...

Adnan Hussein

Enlightening conquest of ‘legendary’ Iraqi, Syrian snipers

Monday, 23 April 2018

The very “limited” American-French-British airstrikes on targets that are linked to Syrian chemical weapons were not deterred by Russian rockets or Iranian or Assad defense systems. This is a clear truth. But wait a minute. We forgot about the rifle of a “legendary” Syrian citizen who downed a smart American rocket. I do not know though how he could tell it was American, and not a French or a British missile! The Syrian sniper Lebanese journalist Hazem al-Amin’s ...

Mashari Althaydi

Creating our own cinema content

Monday, 23 April 2018

Last week, history was made following the reintroduction of cinema in our country after more than three decades of being off screen for whatever cultural or religious reasons. The joy of Saudi people following the decision by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, to bring back cinema as a key component in the shaping of the Saudi entertainment industry knew no bounds. A great segment of our society was finally relieved, and saw the decision implemented with ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

Russia at the horns of a dilemma: Further exhaustion or dump Bashar al-Assad

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The recent strike by the three major powers against Syria was no more than a message to the Syrian regime over its use of chemical weapons in the city of Douma in Damascus’ suburbs. American, French and British missiles targeted military sites and research centers inside Syria. The US, France and Britain claimed these were locations linked to the manufacture, transportation and use of chemical weapons. No casualties of civilian and military personnel were reported, which confirms that the ...

Ali Al-Amin

‘A Fistful of Dollars’ during Saudi Arabia’s pre-1979 era

Sunday, 22 April 2018

This is the name of a movie which is engrained in my memory for a simple reason: I watched it in a cinema in Riyadh 40 years ago! I watched it before cinemas were prohibited and their doors shut, shutting with it a whole social life following the Iranian revolution of 1979. A year earlier, I travelled to study in the US, and so I was one of the survivors as these changes did not impact me personally, but it changed for a generation after mine. Riyadh before 1979 Riyadh was a small city compared ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

How teaching philosophy in Tunisia protected the state

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Philosophy has never been an ally of education, despite the fact that philosophers have taught philosophy for over two and a half millennia. Education paralyzes philosophy’s progress and freedom, but it is important to teach philosophy despite all the limitations it entails for making it a successful educational experience.A few days ago, Abdulrahman al-Shoqair tweeted a page of the philosophy syllabus taught in Tunisia’s secondary schools.The topic was about the importance of ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

A new era of ‘petro–Yuan’ and its implications on dollar dominance

Sunday, 22 April 2018

For decades the US greenback dollar has dominated the international financial and trading system with few challengers, and not even the Euro has been able to assume as important a role as the US dollar.However, this is about to be challenged from a new quarter. While the world has been engrossed with the latest spats over tariff wars and who and when countries will retaliate against the US, the Chinese have very quietly set the ball rolling to end the American dollar’s hegemony in ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

An American message before the Dhahran Arab Summit

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Questions about the strikes, led by the US with British and French support, on Syria were raised as soon as they were carried out. These questions dealt primarily with two issues: The scale of the strikes, and their prime objective. However, it is impossible to ignore that they came a few hours before the start of the 29th Arab summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.The summit could not have been convened in more troubled times, and on several levels: First, in the Gulf region and Arabian Peninsula ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

UAE can’t help if Somalia seeks to self-destruct

Saturday, 21 April 2018

What the UAE has provided to Somalia over the decades and since a civil war and famine ravaged the latter has not been provided by any other state. The UAE’s decision to end its training operations in Somalia, where they have been helping the country raise an army since 2014 does not come as a surprise, especially after Somali security forces detained an Emirati airplane earlier this month and seized money that was allocated for supporting the Somali army and for paying Somali trainees. ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

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