Crown Prince’s ‘impressive reforms’ lauded

:: Reforms undertaken and spearheaded by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, have not only won plaudits worldwide but are being highlighted by the US media. Writing More »

Erdogan to Trump: Turkey ready to take over Syria’s Manbij

:: Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria’s Manbij, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told US President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said in a More »

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief slams terrorist attacks in Africa

:: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned attacks that caused the deaths of at least 37 people in intercommunal clashes in central Mali on Tuesday. Dr. Yousef More »

King Salman approves steps to improve health care in KSA

:: King Salman on Monday approved a number of decisions taken by the Saudi Health Council including the establishment of the National Center for Evidence-based Health Practice to improve health care services More »

Turkey warns France ‘no benefit’ in protecting Kurd militia

:: France will not gain in any way by retaining forces to protect Kurdish militias in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Paris announced it would maintain a presence despite More »

 

Category Archives: Columns

Why Trump and Europe are not that far apart on Iran

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

By : Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg :: The European Union leaders’ summit last Friday focused on Brexit, but it capped a week of meetings in Brussels and Luxembourg to thrash out unified policies on, among other issues, North Korea and Iran.

The geopolitical premium is back

Cornelia Meyer

By : Cornelia Meyer :: Last week the CEO of Russia’s Energy giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, and OPEC’s Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, seemed to contradict each other. They both spoke on the same day at different events: Sechin stated

Understanding Trump’s strategy on Iran

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

By : Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi :: US President Donald Trump has slammed the nuclear deal which his predecessor Barack Obama sealed with Iran ever since he was a presidential candidate. Everything he said about this shameful and imperfect agreement

Iran’s response to Trump’s tough talk? Now we know

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin :: Perhaps for the first time in his political career, the famously indecisive Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi is being portrayed as resolutely determined after he ordered Iraqi forces to secure Kirkuk and other areas held

A theoretical execution of Bachir Gemayel’s assassin

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: Misleading slogans were popular at the beginning of the 1980s that marked the worst turns in the region’s history and led to the political deterioration which has lasted until today. If terrorism had been contained

Trump excludes Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces from his Iran strategy

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Donald Trump’s exclusion of Iraq from his enumeration of Iranian violations in the Arab world and the IRGC’s roles there, and in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, has interesting implications. Iraq seems to occupy a special

Iran and this dog’s dinner of diplomatic deception

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: “Trump violates international treaty!” “Trump tears up pact signed by world powers!” These were some of the headlines when US President Donald Trump’s refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the “nuclear deal.” Some in the

900,000 Rohingya Refugees: The Moment When Humanitarian Spirit Failed

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: In the face of the historical disasters humanity has experienced, a majority of the world has developed some sort of reflex to ‘close their eyes’ and ‘play ostrich.’ Many leaders, administrators and representatives around the

Rejecting secession and marginalizing Kurds

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, tried to realize his people’s long-held dream of an independent state, despite predictions of failure. So why did he do it? Had he not tried,

The dangers of refusing to link nuclear agreement to Iran’s behavior

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: The wait for US President Donald Trump to announce his position on Iran’s nuclear agreement was a nail-biting moment for many. Trump, as several leaks had indicated he would, chose to decertify the Joint

What is at stake for Turkey in Somalia?

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: Somalia is the most significant pillar of Turkey’s Africa policy, which was officially launched in 2005. The Horn of Africa has been facing the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since 1991, and Turkey has been actively

Will withdrawing Egyptian nationality eliminate terrorism?

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: Will the draft legislation concerning the withdrawal of Egyptian nationality from citizens accused of terrorism help the country strengthen its identity and wipe out terrorism? I strongly doubt it. I am not even certain if

Eliminating Daesh on the ground is only half the battle

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

By : Abdellatif El-Menawy :: When the media speaks about Daesh, I immediately recall the lines by the Egyptian poet Amal Dunqul: “Do not dream of a happy world For behind every deceased Caesar is a new one.” Perhaps the

Macron’s perfect riposte to the politics of hate

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Whether or not one agrees with French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision of the future of the EU, as laid out in his recent Sorbonne speech, at least he has one. He must also be recognized

Iran is a paper tiger and not a regional power

Mohammed Al Shaikh

By : Mohammed Al Shaikh :: Iranians are such pathological liars that they delude themselves into believing their own falsehoods. They claim that they are a regional power, yet they avoid any face-to-face confrontation with their opponents. After being bitterly

Iran’s nuclear deal has not yet suffered a knockout blow

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: US President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear agreement could bring the ghost of war close to Europe. Trump has called on the US Congress to determine within two months whether to

On Iran, Europe swings behind Trump

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: To tell you the truth, the change in tone has taken us by surprise. Since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to decertify the nuclear agreement last weekend, the UK and Germany have become

Two cheers (but only two) for Palestinian reconciliation

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Gaza is in massive humanitarian crisis — its water undrinkable, its beaches polluted, its economy non-existent. Over 40 percent of its workforce is unemployed. Basic medicines are barely available. Electricity flows for just two hours.

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