Sever Assad’s lifeline by sanctioning Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has recently released a report confirming that chlorine gas was used by the Assad regime in the attack on northern Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February. It was, of course, only one of several instances of the regime using chemical weapons against civilian populations. And it was not even the most recent such incident. The international community has been inconsistent in its response, but the United States recently took steps ...

Haitham al-Maleh

From Iran’s ‘cost-free expansion’ to 12-step program

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

“No more cost-free expansions of Iranian power” perfectly sums up the Trump administration’s new policy toward the Iranian regime and its menacing expansion in the Middle East.The speech of the newly minted US Secretary of State, Mike Pomepo, from the pulpit of the Heritage Foundation – a Washington-based right wing think-tank and a creation of the Reagan years – is not merely a declaration of the economic sanctions on Iran; but rather more of a eulogy that once and ...

Makram Rabah

Why are they attacking Saudi TV series ‘Winds of Change’?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

They’re attacking it because of the channel, the actor and the writer. The Al-Asoof (meaning “Winds of Change”) TV series has been targeted for its theme, topic and scenario before it was even broadcasted. This is a Ramadan battle that we’ve gotten used to in the past few years. Ramadan is accompanied with television battles in which extremist voices attack television series every year. Why does this happen during Ramadan in particular? It’s because it is the month ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Why are Arab intellectuals attacking Bernard Lewis?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Political thinker Fouad Ajami was subjected to smear and demonization campaigns throughout his life and for years after his death. Actually, insults by a bunch of intellectuals even increased when news of his death came out. These intellectuals were quick to wish him ill thoughts and wished him immortality in hell.It’s almost the same scene now with the death of historian and thinker Bernard Lewis, whose death became an occasion for insults, ill wishes and celebrations. One even commented ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

How do we welcome Ramadan?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

In a hadith (saying of the Prophet), al-Tirmidhi reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: ‘On the first night of the month of Ramadan, the devils are chained, the jinn are restrained, and the gates of Hellfire are closed and none of its gates are opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and none of its gates are closed. A caller announces: O seeker of good, come near! O seeker of evil, stop short! Allah will save them from the Hellfire and that is during every ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

What is Qatar’s position in view of US national security interests?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

What is Qatar’s position from American security interests in view of its crisis with the anti-terror quartet and the reinstatement of sanctions on Iranian interests?The Gulf-US policy is united against Iran. America and Gulf Cooperation Council countries agree on the importance of confronting the Iranian threat in the region but it seems Qatar is vacillating on the matter here as there is noticeable Qatar-Iran rapprochement and a great deal of understanding between Iran’s proxies and ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

What has changed in Malaysia?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

May’s general election in Malaysia has been hailed as a turning point in the country’s history. For the first time since it has gained independence from the British, the election returned a different party to government than the traditional rulers, the Barisan Nasional.This was unexpected especially since the previous ruling party has had decades to entrench their power and gerrymander electoral districts, and was assumed to have both the motive and the power to corrupt the ultimate ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

OPINION: Why European companies are fleeing Iran after US deal withdrawal

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday put an end to bargains. Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime. The weapons of economic sanctions threaten the entire regime and do not only restrain it. The French Total left the gas fields in the Gulf and moved on. Head of the Italian company ENI told the company’s board that they shut down their offices in Tehran and stopped searching for oil and gas. Airbus signed a contract to sell Iran 100 ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

China and the EU: Will support to Iran be enough?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA) nuclear pact has made both the EU and other signatory countries like China and Russia scramble to try and save the deal, but their life support packages are not certain to overcome the drastic US financial and trade curbs on complying companies.Both the EU and Beijing have undertaken a number of diplomatic moves to lend their strong support to Iran in its latest showdown with Washington.On the ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Nawaz Sharif’s missive and Pakistan’s game of marbles

Monday, 21 May 2018

Na Khedaan Gey, Na Khedun Devaan Gey. (Neither will I play, nor will I let others play) This centuries-old and popular Punjabi folk comes into picture when young boys playing marbles start fighting with each other. When the biggest cheating offender is thrown out, he disrupts the game and says if he is not allowed, he would also not let anybody else play as well. Something similar seems to be happening on the national front in Pakistan today. One of the major players over the last four decades, ...

Syed Jawaid Iqbal

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