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Hezbollah and Arab Shiites in Gulf countries

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

When it comes to the impact of Hezbollah’s role on politics and security in the Middle East, it is necessary to first talk about Iran’s role in detail. For all intents and purposes, Hezbollah is the political and military arm of the theocratic regime in Iran and is considered the vanguard among ‘the followers on the path of Al-Imam’. In fact, Hezbollah cadres are the most well trained and best prepared among members of this broader movement — the followers on the ...

Kamel Al-Khatti

Threats of war and the memory of Aoun asylum

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 13 marked the day when General Michel Aoun, a former commander of the Lebanese army, fled to the French Embassy in Beirut. Although history does not repeat itself, a tragedy that affects Lebanon’s domestic situation is about to happen. Divisions are widening and deepening in the country due to Hezbollah’s domination and its control of institutions and the army’s decision-making. Meanwhile the president, i.e. Michel Aoun, is biased toward Hezbollah even when it comes to ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Saudi Arabia: A kingdom full of youth

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

With the appointment of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, vertical transition — the transfer of power from father to son — has been restored in Saudi Arabia, granting the kingdom vitality and stability. Most monarchs across the world follow this trend, mostly due to the fact that horizontal transition — that is, from brother to brother — has a tendency to sow instability and cause friction within the ruling family. For over a century, transition of power in Saudi Arabia ...

Turki Aldakhil

Partisans and deception of the naive

Saturday, 23 September 2017

All cards have now been put on the table. According to the esteemed Saudi Presidency of the State Security, a cell that works for a foreign country has been uncovered. Citizens breathed a sigh of relief because those arrested were some of the worst enemies of our state, the state of security and stability. The espionage cell members had infiltrated several segments of the society especially that they hid behind religion. This is how they controlled wide segments. They infiltrated state ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

Donald Trump on the Qatari crisis mediation line

Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Qatari crisis is back to square one after Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah's visit to Washington, during which he met with the US president and held a tempestuous press conference. President Donald Trump accepted Sheikh Sabah’s invitation to be part of mediating the Qatar crisis. This would initiate phase two in attempts of resolving the dispute. Assuming his role, Trump, in his distinctive style, publicly announced that Qatar should stop supporting terrorism. The ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Sabotaging this year’s Hajj: Tehran and ‘a few’ in Doha

Monday, 21 August 2017

The season of Hajj pilgrimage is about to commence. Upon its approach, attempts are being made to spread disinformation and lies. Earlier, such mischief was done by people associated with Khomeini. The principal method used was by conducting a heretic ceremony they named “The Repudiation of the Polytheists,” which Khomeini and his cohorts had devised to launch propaganda campaigns in support of the Iranian regime. What is new this time is the introduction of Qatari policies in the ...

Mashari Althaydi

Abdullah Al Thani is a solution from within Qatar to solve the crisis

Monday, 21 August 2017

Qatar’s Foreign Minister travelled traveled thousands of miles to the Norwegian capital Oslo this time to complain about Saudi Arabia and the boycotting countries in an attempt to find an ally for his country during its long-forgotten crisis.However, one big issue posed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman is the Hajj pilgrimage of Qatari nationals.Yes! The Qatar minister found no one other than this Scandinavian country to complain to about the Hajj, despite there being no issue to begin ...

Salman al-Dosary

America: A tale of racism

Friday, 18 August 2017

American President Donald Trump is going through a crisis these days. It’s a real test for him as president of the country that’s described as the leader of the free world which is the tolerant democratic world that believes in individuals’ and group’s rights no matter what their color, race or religion is. The crisis is linked to racist activity of some extremist right-wing groups in America. They are racist Nazi movements that believe in white supremacy and they oppose ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

Rapprochement of Saudi-Iraqi ties for a more stable Middle East

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The picture of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr summarizes the rapprochement between Riyadh and Baghdad and the pace of positive progress of relations between the two countries, in which the two parties appear to prefer a policy of diplomacy, dialogue and communication over one of mistrust, divergence and disagreement.Sadr's visit was preceded by the participation of Iraqi President Fuad Masum at the Arab Islamic American Summit in May, 2017, followed ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

Rockets, gunfire test new Russia-backed truce near Homs

Friday, 4 August 2017

Warring sides exchanged rocket and gunfire north of the Syrian city of Homs overnight, hours after a Russia-backed truce took effect, a war monitor said on Friday, while heavy rocket fire also marred a similar deal east of the capital Damascus.Russia, an ally of the Syrian government, said on Thursday its defense ministry and Syria’s opposition had agreed to set up a “de-escalation” zone in the rebel-held countryside north of government-held Homs.After an initial few hours of ...

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