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

Iraq’s minorities set up for catastrophe

Baria Alamuddin

By : Baria Alamuddin :: My plans to visit Iraqi Kurdistan this week were thwarted by uncertainty over the Kurdish independence referendum. Western diplomats I spoke to were feverishly preparing for various disaster scenarios, including closing of the airspace, evacuation

Iran should learn from Saudi Arabia on peaceful co-existence

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: The ruling clerics of Iran project themselves to be the leaders of not only the Shiite communities, but also of the whole Muslim world. The official Persian website of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali

Road to peace in the old conflict

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: When Bernard Lewis put forward his thesis titled “Balkanisations of the Middle East” in 1992, he predicted that a trend that had shaped the world in the 20th Century would also be highly influential in

Trump at the UN: Launching serious negotiations

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Between the American din and the Russian quietude, world leaders participating in the UN General Assembly session were struck first by the threat made by President Donald Trump of “totally destroying North Korea” if its

The UN is supposed to resolve discord, not encourage it

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: For many years every spring, together with a colleague of mine, I have taken a group of some of our finest students to participate in a Model UN conference in New York. This is the

Partisans and deception of the naive

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Dr Ahmad al-Farraj :: All cards have now been put on the table. According to the esteemed Saudi Presidency of the State Security, a cell that works for a foreign country has been uncovered. Citizens breathed a sigh

Political, business leaders form united front at Bloomberg forum

Fahad Nazer

By : Fahad Nazer :: The name Bloomberg has become synonymous with the worlds of finance and business. The company relishes its brand so much that its Twitter handle is simply @business. And as expected, there was no shortage of

Political fault lines running beneath the Middle East

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: The “earthquake” metaphor is particularly applicable in explaining current Middle East crises. They are like earthquakes that are reshaping the political landscape. Today, many political fault lines run beneath the region. After the aftershocks, the

The Kurdish referendum imbroglio

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: What is the first thing you should do when you have dug yourself into a hole? Stop digging, obviously. Those involved in the imbroglio over the so-called independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to be

Why Arabs’ relationship with the US is complicated

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: “It’s complicated” is probably the best definition of the relationship between the US and the Arab world. Most Arab governments have a solid and evolving relationship with America, yet the country is often extremely unpopular

Teaching 50 million pupils by video

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: It is no surprise that the best students in science and maths come from the fastest-developing countries, such as South Korea, Singapore and Japan. Nor is it a secret that there is a relationship between

The Middle East’s costly wrong bets

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: As uncertainty engulfs a bleeding Middle East, besieged by regional and global powers each pursuing their own agenda, dormant ambitions and sensitivities are waking up and finding the current situation suitable to express themselves.

Failure of the Arab project

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

By : Fahad Shoqiran :: The big fuss about establishing an independent Kurdish state in Iraq reflects the threats against the concept of the state in the region. Many countries are under the threat of divisions, including Iraq and Syria.

The story of the Saudi-UAE ‘invasion’ of Qatar

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed :: A news agency reported that the White House said American President Donald Trump succeeded in preventing a Saudi-UAE military attack against Qatar. It was barely an hour before Trump issued a statement denying the report.

Humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

By : Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi :: The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced concern over the happenings in the Muslim-dominated northwestern Rakhine state (formerly Arakan) in Myanmar. According to the news agency reports, the UN chief expressed deep anguish

Why the Iranian nuclear deal should not be canceled

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: Debate over the cancelation or reconsideration of Iran’s nuclear deal is gathering momentum, and Iran is enjoying successes on the geopolitical front, making its adversaries nervous and concerned. Iran is a “threshold”country, one step from

The moral case for Kurdish independence

Sharif Nashashibi

By : Sharif Nashashibi :: My change of stance on Kurdish self-determination occurred about 15 years ago as something of an epiphany. Discussing Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion with a cousin whose politics I respected, one of the points

Iran’s nuclear deal must be fully enforced or scrapped

Oubai Shahbandar

By : Oubai Shahbandar :: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday succinctly captured the essence of the global danger posed by the Iran nuclear deal, when he told the UN General Assembly that the agreement was “one sided” and an

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