Category Archives: Columns

Why Trump continues to describe media as fake

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

By : Mamdouh AlMuhaini An unprecedented and fierce battle is raging between US President Donald Trump and the American media. This is in stark contrast to Barack Obama’s presidential terms, which were mostly smooth except for a few occasions. Former

The only way to root out terrorism

Mohammed Al Shaikh

By : Mohammed Al Shaikh The ongoing political struggle in Iraq between Sadrists and the Dawa Party is a Shiite-Shiite struggle. It is between two Islamized and politicized groups belonging to the same sect. Vested interests and the dire need

Turkish-American cooperation in Syria

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Feb. 8 that may change some paradigms in the Syrian crisis. One of the subjects the two leaders discussed is

Are Green Zone powers aware of this?

Adnan Hussein

By : Adnan Hussein As Iraq launched an offensive to liberate West Mosul, General Stephen Townsend, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a statement published by the American embassy in Baghdad on Sunday that

Arab NATO versus the Iranian ‘Warsaw Pact’

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Around 100 years of the region’s history is made up of changing camps and shifting alliances and what is being said about the idea of proposing an Arab quartet NATO will be another normal reaction against

Change or be changed and opportunity for Arab youth

Khaled Almaeena

By : Khaled Almaeena Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is one of the few Arab leaders who calls a spade a spade. He puts forward ideas that are relevant, not only to the present but to the future. Addressing

Road to Raqqa a tricky path for US-Turkey cooperation

Menekse Tokyay

By : Menekse Tokyay Turkish officials have recently been in close contact with their US counterparts, and a possible joint military operation in the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa is on the table. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Feb. 12

Turkey, the Gulf and regional ownership

Ibrahim Kalin

By : Ibrahim Kalin President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to the three Gulf countries of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar comes at a critical juncture in the Gulf region and the Middle East. The current global disorder and regional

A month of Trump

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle One month down, at least 47 to go. Love him or loathe him, the last 30 days have been an amazing rollercoaster ride with plenty of loop-the-loops, U-turns and reverses. Can the Donald Trump administration keep

Arab and Muslim relations with the world

Radwan al-Sayed

By : Radwan al-Sayed In his meeting with Saudi diplomats and employees at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz stressed on the need to focus on shifting the speech and focal points because the current situation

Can Iran change? We hope it will

Adel Al-Jubeir

By : Adel Al-Jubeir Our region is rife with turmoil. We have a crisis in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, Libya. We have an Iran that is rampant in its support of terrorism and interference in the affairs of other

Four weeks that shook America

Hisham Melhem

By : Hisham Melhem The press is the enemy, the establishment is the enemy, the professors are the enemy. -President Richard Nixon (1972) The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the

Jeff Sessions and the triumph of Trump

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Ahmad al-Farraj Over the past week, after long hearings, unjustified postponements and a heated debate between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, the Council voted to approve the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. All the

Was Netanyahu right to return from Washington triumphant?

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg Watching the joint press conference with US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu felt like I was watching a Saturday Night Live special on a Wednesday afternoon. There was much self-congratulating, and Netanyahu

Flynn’s sacking alters Trump administration’s course

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham European countries are receiving with reassurance signs of a more rational attitude toward NATO by the administration of US President Donald Trump. Only recently, he had called the trans-Atlantic alliance “obsolete.” Europeans are also reassured by

Iran weapons smuggling a flagrant breach of UN resolution

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Iran’s smuggling of weapons and arms to militia groups or governments, some of which are designated as terrorist groups or state sponsors of terrorism, is rising. This is in direct violation of UN Resolution 2231

Turkey’s economy and a timely Gulf trip

By : Dr. Manuel Almeida This week’s Gulf tour by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is another indicator of how much the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has invested in deepening Turkey’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

The revolt of radical European Muslims against their parents

Samar Fatany

By : Samar Fatany According to French political scientist Professor Olivier Roy of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, the revival of religions today is mainly due to the separation of culture and religion. American evangelical movements, Protestant fundamentalism

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