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Unprecedented situation in Syria

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Iraq has never witnessed such a situation despite all it has endured. Libya has never experienced it either despite its ongoing chaos. Lebanon, during the worst period of its wars, has also never seen such a reality. The same can be said of Somalia, Afghanistan and other countries whose unity and sovereignty fell victim to foreign meddling.Syria’s story is different and unique. Never before have all these flags, interests, dangers, armies, militias, internal divisions and regional and ...

Ghassan Charbel

Thus spoke Sayyaf

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

I was pretty much surprised by the interview which colleague Nasser al-Haqbani at Ash-Sharq al-Awsat daily conducted with Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a former “star mujahideen” in Afghanistan during the 1980s and 1990s. Sayyaf looked like he just walked out of the pages of history. Besides his grey hair and beard, his looks did not change at all. Sayyaf commented on Afghanistan’s current situation but what was really interesting in the interview is his statements on figures from that ...

Mashari Althaydi

Lebanon and Israel: Ominous clouds loom over their border

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ominous clouds loom over Lebanon and Israel. The two countries are technically still in a state of war, but their common borders have remained without any tension since the 2006 conflict. A UN drawn ‘blue line’ marks their borders both on land and on sea, following Israeli withdrawal from its ‘safe zone’ in southern Lebanon.This demarcation is not definitive and requires signing as part of an eventual peace treaty between Israel and Lebanon and hence is placed under the ...

Christian Chesnot

Qatar’s attempt to deceive the West

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Qatari emir's speech at the Munich Security Conference recently held was a remarkable attempt at deceiving the West. Through his words, the emir tried to outsmart Westerners, and so he made use of smart one-liners and outlandish claims that no longer fool countries of the region. One wonders whether he was seriously expecting to deceive powerful countries with sound faculty of judgment. Strangely, Qatar continues to believe that it is in the right and imagines that various countries still ...

Mohammed Al-Hammadi

The Islamist confusion of branding religion as political system

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

In order to dismantle the tyranny and violence issuing from the Islamist system of the Arab world today, there should be focus on researching the essence of Islamic culture, not religion. One day as a child, the great poet Muhammad Iqbal was reciting verses from the Holy Quran, when his father entered the room. His father told him, “My son! Read the book of God, as if it was written today.” This is a profound call for restoring the Qur’anic text as a direct means of guidance ...

Ali Al-Amin

Paving the way to sustainable SMEs through governance

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

There is a general perception that Governance is for large businesses, in fact more often than not the term used is “Corporate” Governance, and thus SME’s (Small and medium size businesses) in general believe that this practice can be delayed to a later stage of their growth cycle. Whilst there is a growing interest and awareness towards the best practices of corporate governance, especially amongst large family businesses in the region that are transitioning to second or even ...

Amr Banaja

Is China winning ‘quantum race’ against the US?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Although science often appears hostile to the irrational and the fantastic, it paradoxically manifests the stuff of fairy tales into reality. In fact, when it comes to quantum mechanics (the physics of subatomic particles), the scientific gobbledegook often appears more bizarre than the sophistry of the magic arts. The space within Thus quantum physicists posit that we live in an 11-dimensional reality (c.f. the superstring theory) but are consciously aware of only three dimensions – ...

Adil Rasheed

Reconstruction of Iraq: The menace of Iran and corruption

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the international community, especially the Arab world, to help Iraq rebuild what was destroyed by successive wars.Of course, Gulf countries were the early donors, but the mullahs of Iran did not commit to paying a single dollar. I was not surprised by Iran’s reluctance, but had expected it.Iran’s dark shadowIn my opinion, the two most important obstacles impeding the reconstruction of Iraq are financial and administrative corruption ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Tillerson’s visit to Beirut fails to address simmering tensions

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Since Obama’s era, any US statement opposing Hezbollah is invariably followed by praise and support for the Lebanese army and security forces.The reason for this stance does not stem from US support for Israel, but from the fact that US and France were the main promoters of UN Resolutions 1559 and 1701.Hezbollah’s vice-like gripUN Resolution 1559 was issued in 2004 against the presence of Syrian military and of armed militias on Lebanese territory, while UN Resolution 1701 places the ...

Radwan al-Sayed

How Qatari funding contributed to Arab destruction

Monday, 19 February 2018

Recent reports and investigations have exposed Qatar’s role in funding rebels in Arab countries under the excuse of “supporting persecuted people” and showed that the Arab Spring was neither spontaneous nor random.Evidence which has been hidden for years eventually came to surface exposing how the so-called Arab Spring was schemed in the dark. Qatar’s role in the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution was concealed for years in an attempt to make the latter look like it was ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

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