Why is the largest lake in the Middle East drying up?

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Lake Urmia, which is situated in Iran and is one of the largest lakes in the Middle East, is consistently monitored by a number of environmentalists and activists from various countries. Unfortunately, the lake has drawn the attention due to its desiccation and disastrous consequences of this process. The lake is situated in north-west Iran, at the interface of administrative boundaries of two provinces – Western and Eastern Azerbaijan. This territory is also known as Southern Azerbaijan. ...

Will Trump succeed where others failed?

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

All US presidents have tried their luck and proposed – or tried to propose – a peace plan between Arabs and Israel, except for Barack Obama who was occupied with other affairs in the region. Meanwhile, Donald Trump seems to be working to accomplish “mission impossible” to reach a peace plan. He assigned this task to one of the closest people to him, his senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and to special envoy Jason Greenblatt. Details on this peace plan are not ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Vladimir Putin: Hour of the strong man

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The belief has been that the age of the strong leaders ended with the past century. Their emergence was linked to extraordinary developments in the fabric of wars of independence or world wars. Observing latest developments demonstrate that the challenges of this century are no less demanding than the previous one, even if the circumstances and factors have changed.It appears that our time is awaiting a strong man. One who is able to open the windows of hope, garner good will, bridge distances ...

Ghassan Charbel

Shashi Tharoor: India strengthening security cooperation with Gulf countries

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Interviewing Dr. Shashi Tharoor becomes easy because the tough part is over by then. When I sat down with him at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai on Saturday (March 3), I thought his mind would be occupied with the session he had to address soon after. Instead, Tharoor was busy checking the latest cricket scores and even talked about a couple of Indian cricketers who, according to him, retired too early. Once the interview began, there was no stopping him. Inglorious empire I ...

ANALYSIS: How Iran deal aided the regime’s bid for hegemonic control

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Despite the fact that Iran has already embarked on a quest to “annexe” both Iraq and Syria through stealth, and is flexing its hegemonic muscles in Yemen; apart from Donald Trump, most Western leaders are doing their utmost to keep the Iran deal in place. According to its supporters, this agreement has supposedly curtailed the Iranian regime’s nuclear program, preventing it from developing a nuclear weapon, and becoming a threat to world peace. While this might be perceived by ...

Revealed: Bitcoin consumes more electricity than several Mideast countries

Sunday, 4 March 2018

The electricity consumption of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency is bigger than that of Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Oman and Bahrain, a report has revealed.The Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index (BECI) maintained by Digiconomist, found that every individual Bitcoin transaction eats up 275 kWh of electricity, and the latest estimate of Bitcoin's total annual energy consumption is in the vicinity of 29.05 TWh.That is the equivalent of 0.13% of the entire world's annual energy consumption, according to the Big ...

Trump the deal-maker and the Middle East

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Casting himself as the best friend Israel could hope for, President Donald Trump is promising, some may say threatening, to unveil his grand plan for a peace “deal” to end the so-called “Middle East problem”. Trump has always fancied himself as a deal-maker; he has even written a book on the subject. It is, therefore, no surprise that he might want to put his skill to use on an issue which has defied numerous deal-makers for six decades. What are the chances of him ...

Amir Taheri

The future of the Middle East peace process

Thursday, 1 March 2018

In an earlier article, I argued that the Palestinian cause is absent at all levels including the media and politics, as well as public opinion because of the so-called Arab Spring. I attributed this absence to three factors: Arab countries are busy with their internal issues in light of deteriorating economic conditions and high prices; the emergence of “terrorism” has echoed throughout the media at the expense of developments in Palestine and a Palestinian internal division occurred ...

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

What the Middle East expects from Russia’s Putin

Thursday, 1 March 2018

On March 18, Russians will go through the process of (re)electing their president Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as recent polls forecast. This foreseeable victory is not only affecting Russia but rather the world including the Middle East region which is close geographically to Russia.Russian-Arab relations are one of the most important pillars of the Kremlin’s foreign policy which hinges on political, economic and military instruments. The Middle East has become the base from which the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

ANALYSIS: Focus on convergence as India welcomes Jordan’s king Abdullah

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The King of Jordan, Abdullah II lands in the Indian capital on February 27 on a state visit here that underlines the new nuances of India’s relationship with the Middle East. Barely two weeks back, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had travelled to Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine, in the Royal choppers provided by the Jordanian King himself. Modi’s visit to Ramallah was made possible because of the generous support extended by Jordan. Abdullah II had received Modi ...

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