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Iran, Europe and the long list of US conditions

Friday, 20 October 2017

Tehran’s gamble on a single, cohesive European stance that will help it withstand US pressure failed within 48 hours, following a shift in Europe’s position, which came a day after US President Donald Trump announced his country's new strategy in dealing with Iran. Softening European position On Sunday, Europeans resorted to a language closer to the rationale of bargaining with Washington over the crisis regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran, agreeing on common points between ...

Mustafa Fahs

Children carry the weight of war in Yemen

Friday, 20 October 2017

Yemen is still one of the worst humanitarian disasters currently ongoing in the world. The conflict, which began when Houthi militias refusal to accept the political transition of power, is not ‘sexy’ enough to hold the attention of the international press for sustained periods of time, but it rages on, causing ever mounting human suffering on a mass scale. So far, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed, three million have been displaced from their home, and due to the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Mideast oil prices: The party is not over yet

Friday, 20 October 2017

Previously, the West used to make fun of us every time the oil prices fell. Their media used to beam that the “party is over” for the Arabs. With these rapturous outbursts, they hoped for the end of an era where we made money-selling petroleum and it was finally the time for us to taste poverty. However, thanks to God, each time this happens, oil prices rebounded or even rose higher after a slowdown for a limited period. As a result, the party did not end for us, whether the West ...

Talal Al-Gashgari

Governance systems in the Gulf and democracy

Friday, 20 October 2017

The concept of democracy has often been viewed in misleading revolutionary terms as so-called plans for the society’s redemption have been glorified by catchy, illusory and populist slogans. The ideals of democracy have at times been presented with the intent of igniting sentiments for radical change. This revolutionary agenda behind promoting the democratic ideal tries to promote the false argument that political institutions in the Gulf are somehow unrelated to democratic sensibilities. ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Reversing migration flows: The battle we can’t afford to lose

Thursday, 19 October 2017

As the world celebrated World Food Day, with an emphasis on the role of migration in food security, it was remarkable how many times the term “rural development” was mentioned in both official and non-official statements. Indeed, “rural development” was being used to such an extent that everyone seemed to be trying to align their work with this “new” concept. In fact, this 40-year-old concept, adopted by IFAD from its earliest days, continues to reflect the ...

Khalida Bouzar

The populist Trump versus an international Trump

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The most controversial issue in the US is definitely not Iran. It’s actually a matter that’s related to sports and human rights and it got embroiled into a debate on patriotism, creating wide social and political divisions, after President Donald Trump tweeted about it. American football players decided to show their rejection of racial discrimination against African-Americans by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Trump viewed this as an insult to the US, to the ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Iran is a paper tiger and not a regional power

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Iranians are such pathological liars that they delude themselves into believing their own falsehoods. They claim that they are a regional power, yet they avoid any face-to-face confrontation with their opponents. After being bitterly defeated by Iraqis, Imam Khomeini made the claim that he was forced to drink poison. In fact, he died two years after the setback.A general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Cops (IRGC) stated about a week ago that if the United States were to designate the IRGC a ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Political instability and unlikely allies in the Middle East

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Political instability in the Middle East has driven some countries to rethink their strategic relations with other countries.Few days ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid an official visit to Iran, his regional rival, and in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani said: “Turkey, Iran and Iraq would work together to ensure that political boundaries of the region would not change by any means”.The next day, an Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

UN’s dubious role in the Muslim world

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Although Muslim and Arab countries represent the largest bloc in its General Assembly with 57 members, and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are the biggest donors and supporters of its humanitarian programs, the United Nations plays a suspicious role in Arab and Islamic issues. More recently, this role has been evident in Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and earlier in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Turkestan, Palestine, and everywhere Muslim communities suffered injustice and tyranny. However, the UN ...

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

Is Aung San Suu Kyi buying time with false promise of right to return?

Thursday, 19 October 2017

We expect our Nobel Peace Prize laureates to be the embodiment of humanistic virtues. Yet we do not often expect them to be merciful. And for a good reason. Mercy is a trait proper to an aggressor: it is when an aggressor exercises more restraint that we would have expected. This is not a position we expect a Nobel Peace Prize laureate to find oneself in. Aung San Suu Kyi has nevertheless found herself in this position. But thankfully it seems she is a creature of boundless mercy. So much so ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

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