Do we allow or ban Indian flights?

Friday, 9 February 2018

The desire of Air India, the Indian airline, to begin flight routes over Saudi Arabia heading to the west and make stops in Israel has been widely reported in the current “enemy’s” media outlets. They have accused Saudi Arabia of allowing the Indians to pass by the old “enemy”, Israel. The Saudi Civil Aviation Authority denied the allegations, and confirmed that they have not given the airline any consent. But let’s look at the situation realistically, in ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Pakistan’s next-gen politicians

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Where are politics in Pakistan headed? Will the masses continue to listen to the rhetoric of the politicians well past their prime and believe in their promises? Do they have any choice?Until a few years back, there was no one else to turn to but the same old faces who would contest elections time after time and would be returned to the parliament in their traditional constituencies because they were the only people on the horizon. It appears things are changing now and a new generation of ...

Syed Jawaid Iqbal

Will Iran turn Azerbaijan into another Iraq?

Friday, 26 January 2018

Azerbaijan’s government and many intellectual Iraqis feel deeply worried by what they view as Iran’s manipulation of Shiite Muslims. Security forces in Azerbaijan recently submitted a report to the government saying that Iran “increased its capabilities” in some areas in the country, and they now think that many people are under Iran’s influence. The report raised the government’s fears. In 2013, Azerbaijan has eased an unofficial restriction that prevented ...

Huda al-Husseini

To whom it may concern: Stop Iran!

Friday, 26 January 2018

“We will strengthen our old alliances and create new ones.” These were the words of US President Donald Trump on 20 January of last year at his inauguration ceremony. This main principle of Trump’s foreign policy is key to his current policy in the Middle East, as reflected in his tough stance against the rise of Iranian influence in the region along withhis pressure on European countries to review the nuclear deal, whose adverse consequences Trump never fails to adumbrate. ...

Mashari Althaydi

Trump’s first year in office: State of the economy

Friday, 26 January 2018

During his election campaign, United States President Donald Trump portrayed himself as a savior of the abandoned and a beacon of hope for those left unemployed. He promised he would give these people their jobs back, which were stolen by China.Americans have become used to promises made by politicians and have also grown accustomed to the breaking of these promises. People have become increasingly frustrated and disappointed. Elections appear to throw up promising presidents, but by the end of ...

Pierre Ghanem

Can Syrian society be saved?

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Can harmony be restored among Syrians after the flames of war are extinguished? Can they overcome hatred and grudges after six years of fighting one of the most hideous civil wars? How will the Sunni people from Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Idlib and the people of Madaya, Zabadani, Jawbar, Al-Yarmouk camp and Houran get over the atrocities committed by Assad’s forces, Nasrallah’s militias, Khamenei’s revolutionary guards, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization criminals and Afghan Hazaras? ...

Mashari Althaydi

Pakistani fatwa against terrorism, what’s new?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Will a fatwa (or religious edict) forbidding suicide bombing in the name of jihad actually stop these satanic acts? Theologians affiliated to terrorist outfits base their thoughts on a number of arguments and a collection of text, whether they are Qur'anic or prophetic, or from the sayings of the ancient Salafis to give their actions the required religious cover. This arena has been a battleground between clerics and official and semi-official religious institutions and theorists or ...

Mashari Althaydi

American entry in the Syrian crisis

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Syrian army made up of 30,000 fighters is being built east of Euphrates, bordering Turkey and northern Iraq. Half of this army will consist of Syrian Kurds and the other half will consist of the sons of Arab and other regions. The US is the head of this project, and the new player who has finally decided to fight the Syrian war on the ground with the support of opposition forces, so it can impose its vision of what a political solution will be in Syria. The Asharq al-Awsat newspaper was the ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

All is well between Tunisia and the UAE

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

This is a procedure the UAE has taken which when explained could have passed smoothly. It simply involved cancelling some incoming flights from Tunisia carrying female Tunisian passengers. Naturally, the decision stirred a controversy in Tunisia. However, after details surfaced on the UAE and Tunisia receiving a security warning from a western intelligence service, blaming fingers cannot be pointed at the UAE. The warning detailed that ISIS allied women were carrying Tunisian passports to target ...

Mashari Althaydi

Will Saleh loyalists have a role during Yemen’s next phase?

Monday, 25 December 2017

As expected, the Houthis’ act of “preying” on their main ally, the General People’s Congress led by Ali Abdullah Saleh, led to a deep rift in the rebels’ governing structure. Saleh is not like anyone in Yemen. Whether you like him or not, you must acknowledge that he succeeded in governing Yemen throughout the past decades. He mastered the political game, and was violent when he needed to and soft when he wanted to. He also developed a network of interests. Saleh ...

Mashari Althaydi

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