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Syria: The defining issue of our generation

Saturday, 21 April 2018

“We are here to protest against the bombing of Syria by Donald Trump and Theresa May,” said the placard waving young man sporting a ferocious beard.“Killing Muslims must be stopped,” added the middle-aged lady dressed all in black with a demeanor of a diva.Our interlocutors were among a handful of activists from the anti-war coalition spending part of their weekend venting their hatred of Trump and America, and presumably of capitalism and imperialism in general, in front ...

Amir Taheri

ANALYSIS: Who will side with whom if Syria explodes?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

If anything is going to set off a major conflagration in Syria, it won’t be the recent bombing of Assad’s chemical plants by the US, UK and France, over his military’s use of chemical weapons, all indications are that the spark will come from Iran’s arrogant military activities.With the Iranians controlling Lebanon’s borders through its proxy Hezbollah, plus having its troops and militias in virtual control of Iraq, the regime is now in the final stages of taking ...

Ahead of polls, bots flood Twitter with pro-government messages in Malaysia

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a US digital media research institute. Asked about the matter, San Francisco-based Twitter Inc said it was focused on identifying and suspending accounts that violate its spam policies. “We continue to fight hard to tackle any malicious automation on our platform as well ...

France: Russia obstructing OPCW experts’ access to site of Douma attack

Friday, 20 April 2018

Russia is obstructing the access of international chemical weapons inspectors to the site of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday. Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Damascus last weekend to examine the site of the suspected attack in nearby Douma, which killed dozens of people and led to U.S.-led missile strikes. "At this time, inspectors from the OPCW ...

ISIS accepts withdrawal from southern Damascus - Observatory

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that ISIS organization announced through the negotiating intermediaries, that they will comply with terms of agreement which was reached between them and Russian representatives and the Syrian regime to depart from the south of Damascus. The agreement came after intensive artillery and missile strikes, accompanied by violent clashes between the regime forces and ISIS’s loyal supporters. The clashes took place within the perimeter of Yarmouk ...

Russia says hard to know if Syria’s borders will remain as they are

Friday, 20 April 2018

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining its territorial integrity, the Interfax news agency reported. “We don’t know how the situation is going to develop on the question of whether it is possible to keep Syria as a single country,” the agency quoted Ryabkov as telling Germany’s Deutsche Welle broadcaster. Putin invited Earlier today, Russian Foreign Minister ...

Market has capacity to absorb higher oil prices, says Saudi minister Falih

Friday, 20 April 2018

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Friday that the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, after crude hit the highest level in more than three years. “I have not seen any impact on demand with current prices. We have seen prices significantly higher in the past -- twice as much as where we are today,” Falih told reporters ahead of an oil producers’ meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “Energy intensity as you know has declined significantly . ...

Will Arabs intervene militarily in Syria?

Friday, 20 April 2018

No matter what happens in Syria, can Russians and Iranians remain stuck to the idea that Assad should remain in power forever or that ‘it’s either Assad or nothing’, which are the most popular regime slogans sprayed on the walls of Damascus and Syria, or whatever is left of these walls?Is it possible to overlook the facts written in the blood and tears of millions of refugees and displaced people as well as in the hundreds of thousands who were killed, wounded, missing and ...

Mashari Althaydi

Trump invites Putin to Washington, Bolton meets Russian ambassador

Friday, 20 April 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that US President Donald Trump invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the United States during a phone call, and said he would be glad to see Putin in the White House. Lavrov added that Trump said he would be happy to make a reciprocal visit to Russia. He added that the US strikes on Syria did not cross Russia's red lines, and that he is convinced that Putin and Trump will not allow armed confrontation between their countries. The foreign ...

Future scenarios for the unfolding crisis in Syria

Thursday, 19 April 2018

No sound is louder than that of the drums of war once they start beating. War neither compliments nor trusts anyone. It is one of the most rigorous expressions of conflict, opposing beliefs and the imbalance of power in the region and the world.During the Cold War and its several battles across the world, the sound of the war drums rose after the fundamentalist revolution in Iran was led by Khomeini in 1979. He was praised by many top intellectuals and writers in the region and the world, who ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

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