Category Archives: Columns

Has the Netanyahu government reached the end of its road?

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg No government in Israel’s recent history has completed a full term. On average they last for less than three years. Israel’s political system is never too far away from a crisis, derived from division between and

US ban on electronics in cabins

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis The US government introduced last week a ban that affects all direct flights to the US originating from certain Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries. It came into effect March 21, and covers flights from

Jordan between two summits

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed The Jordanian capital has turned into a center for regional activity. On Monday, a Saudi-Jordanian summit was held following the arrival of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the country. The Arab League Summit will be

Europe still has no plan to handle refugees

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle Approaching April and warmer temperatures herald yet another spike in those making that perilous lottery of a journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa. Between 2011 and 2016, some 630,000 irregular migrants and refugees reached Italy

Don’t be fooled by Khamenei’s Machiavellian speech

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh For nearly three decades, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has delivered speeches for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. This year, Khamenei’s speech was slightly different. It highlighted several crucial issues and contained some Machiavellian

History of Saudi King Salman as a skilled diplomatic craftsman

Assaf bin Salem Abuthnain

By : Assaf bin Salem Abuthnain The late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Israel in 1977 astounded the Arab world and the whole globe, but to some key Arab states it came as no surprise. But what was most

War on Daesh: Poke the nest and the hornets disperse

Linda S. Heard

By : Linda S. Heard Daesh’s territorial gains are shrinking fast. The eastern side of Mosul has been liberated. It is only a matter of time before the western areas of Iraq’s second-largest city are cleansed of vicious barbarians whose

What to expect from the Arab Summit

Osama Al-Sharif

By : Osama Al-Sharif Arab leaders meeting at the Dead Sea on Wednesday are not expected to adopt momentous resolutions that could spell a departure from previous positions on key issues including Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and the war on

The deep state comes to light

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya US President Trump’s claims on social media that the former Obama administration had his office and phones wiretapped during his presidential campaign had Washington circles buzzing with the talk of a ‘deep state’. White House spokesman

Travelling without my laptop

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Traveling by plane used to be a beautiful personal experience in the past as we used to welcome dear ones and bid them farewell at the airport gates. Those days are long gone as airports today

The Westminster attack and the Western dilemma

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi The ISIS terrorist who drove at pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and stabbed the policeman at the gate of the British parliament, to be then shot by British policemen, showcased the depth of the Islamist

Israel can shoot the messenger, but cannot kill the message

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin Most of the world’s media conveniently missed the fact that a UN agency earlier this month issued a report describing Israel as an “apartheid regime.” The report used the word “apartheid” in its strictest sense under

Islamists taking the banner of a civil state

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein It does not irritate or provoke me that the leaders of powerful Islamist parties, blocs and groups in the Iraqi authority have finally abandoned their traditional (Islamic) discourse, which they exaggerated its sanctity, and started shouting

Trump, the absent-present guest at the Arab Summit

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The Palestinian problem is set to be a priority issue at the Arab Summit, which will convene Wednesday on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. The US president has expressed readiness to return the

A kill list targeting Shiite intellectuals

Turki Al-Dakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Six Saudi influential figures who are critical of uncontrolled arms and terrorist cells were threatened after graffitists listed their names on a wall in the town of Al-Awamiyah. What these men have in common is their

Muslim anxieties and India’s future

Devesh Kapur

By : Devesh Kapur A couple of weeks ago, Narendra Modi was celebrating his biggest electoral triumph since becoming India’s prime minister in 2014. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had swept into power in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state and

From the Golan, Iran is paving the way for a new war in Lebanon

Huda al Husseini

By : Huda al Husseini ‘Harkat al Nujaba’ or the ‘Movement of the Nobles’ is not temerarious enough to contend the Arabic language printed by the Iranians on placards carried by masked members to declare the formation of the Golan

A Saudi library in Beijing

Turki Al-Dakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil The title seems like a far-fetched dream or like a translated Chinese story; The oldest Arab proverbs highlight the importance of seeking knowledge, even if in faraway lands, such as China! A book fair in Riyadh

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