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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 6 Feb, 2016

Opinion: Saudi Ground Intervention in Syria

The interesting statement made by the military spokesman and adviser to the Saudi Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Asiri about Riyadh's readiness to fight on the ground in Syria raised many questions. Amongst them are: Is this a change in foreign policy? Why are we fighting in a distant land? Why are we fighting with the international coalition? If there is a desire to intervene, why don’t we fight the murderous Assad regime which is more brutal? Fighting on the ground in Syria appe...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 5 Feb, 2016

Opinion: The Ayatollah Looks East and Finds a Void

Foreign officials dealing with Iran since the mullahs seized power have often wondered who is really in charge in Tehran. Chris Patten, a British politician who served as the European Union’s foreign policy point-man, once observed that Iranian officials he dealt with always turned out to be “actors playing the role of ministers”. Over the decades, scores of officials from all over the world have reached the same conclusion after dealing with officials in Tehran including men bearing th...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Friday, 5 Feb, 2016

Opinion: The Syrian Settlement – Principles of Geneva 1 or the Concessions of Geneva 2?

I reckon that there is no political observer who expects much from the Geneva 3 talks on Syria. In fact, a senior western diplomat was frank when he candidly expressed his doubts a...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 3 Feb, 2016

Opinion: Talk of a Saudi-Iranian Settlement

The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon was not the first to call for a settlement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resolve their differences in order to provide st...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 2 Feb, 2016

Opinion: Breaking the Silence in Yemen

Ten months after the outbreak of war in Yemen, there are three powers positioned in the country. The first is the government and the Arab coalition forces, the second is the Houthi...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Monday, 1 Feb, 2016

Opinion: A Leaked Telephone Call

Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas official, described Iran as a liar and a fraud in a telephone call that the media is talking about. It is closer to a statement than a leaked tele...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 31 Jan, 2016

Hopeless Negotiations, Yet Attendance is a Must

Despite losses endured after the Russian air force attacks, with the latest being at the cost of the southern Syrian town of Al-Shaykh Maskin, the Syrian Opposition’s delegat...

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Salman Aldosary
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on : Friday, 29 Jan, 2016

The Syrian Crisis; US Disappointment

International stances have never been as contradicting before as they’ve been in the Syrian crisis. The world has supported all the Arab revolutions, yet when the Syrians revolte...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 29 Jan, 2016

Opinion: Tycoons and the Temptation of Power

With the seasons of primaries in the US presidential election starting next week, all attention is on Donald Trump, the front-runner in the Republican Party camp. The real estate t...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Wednesday, 27 Jan, 2016

Opinion: The Key to the Syrian Crisis is in the Gulf

The US Secretary of State John Kerry who has stepped up his activity in the past few days in order to convene the promised Geneva conference is trying to obtain concessions that wi...

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