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Trump-Kim Summit

March 30, 2018 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Trump did well in accepting the option of exploratory negotiations ... but the question remains: What are his chances of accomplishing what his American predecessors did not? [Read more]

Rogue Nikki Haley in Israel

July 31, 2017 // Al-Khaleej - - Arabic

During a luncheon with U.N. Security Council ambassadors at the White House last week, President Donald Trump described the state of U.S. contributions to the United Nations as there being “much work” for the ambassadors to achieve, and pushed for reform. He described the budget of the international organization as [Read more]

The Trump Deal in Trouble

April 10, 2017 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Inertia means stability and lack of movement. But sometimes things move very quickly, and do so repeatedly so as to seem rigid to the lazy eye. For example, the Palestinian situation seems frozen, although it has been moving with great speed. It has gone down a virtual black hole, which swallows it in a deliberate [Read more]

Trump and Obama’s Advice

January 27, 2017 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

At the farewell press conference on his eve of his departure from the White House, Barack Obama offered a range of advice and recommendations for his successor, Donald Trump. He concentrated on foreign policy, with the Middle East in particular. Though he put forth his best efforts to advise the next team during the [Read more]

Trump and the Elephant Herd

November 11, 2016 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Everyone expected that the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, would beat the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in a landslide victory to become the 45th president, opening a new chapter in American history. What happened shook the world and had global repercussions. Trump, who attempted [Read more]

What’s Going On in America?

October 26, 2016 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Year after year, the fallout in the United States garners world attention. The U.S. presidential election is no longer an internal affair; it is substantiating the world’s opinion that the U.S. has become a prevailing source of evil throughout the world. Ultimately, its effects will expand and affect all five [Read more]

The Justified Rebellion Against America and the West

August 18, 2016 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Wherever you go in the Arab world, you hear criticism of America and the West. I can assure you that over the last few years, I have not met an Arab who didn’t blame the West for its inability to not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries or regions in general. I cannot say that I’m surprised, but the [Read more]

America in Black and White

July 24, 2016 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

America has not become the earthly paradise about which the poet Walt Whitman dreamed. It has not become the planet that President Roosevelt envisioned. Rather it has become the vision and model of satirists like Ginsberg, Corso and Miller, whose works acknowledge hatred, love and the desire to be better. [Read more]

Trump and the Extremist Spring

May 22, 2016 // Al-Khaleej - - Arabic

Perhaps Trump benefited from the anti-Islamic atmosphere in many countries in the world, as he speaks frankly about Muslim extremism. We have seen many such campaigns during the past few weeks between supporters and opponents of this position. However, Trump and his agitating rhetoric have not taken into account [Read more]

Assad, Obama and Delusions

February 18, 2016 // Asharq Al Awsat - Pan Arab - Arabic

The Damascus criminal Bashar Assad told the French press that he seeks to complete the restoration of Syrian land militarily, but admits that it will take a long time. The U.S. secretary of state replied to his remarks saying, “He's deluded if he thinks that there is a military solution to the conflict in Syria.” [Read more]

Russian Intervention Exposes 60-Member Coalition

January 14, 2016 // Al-Watan - Oman - Arabic

Russian military intervention has impacted the hunt for remnants of terrorist organizations in Syria and has attacked Syrian infrastructure. The facts on the ground collide with the supposed axis formed by the United States, which claims victories and progress there and in Iraq. After the Russian military [Read more]

Thus Spoke Kerry

December 2, 2015 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Secretary John Kerry did not invoke Zoroaster, Emerson or even Whitman when he stated repeatedly on behalf of the State Department that Tel Aviv’s security is U.S. security. The U.S. continues to perpetuate the 1948 political earthquake that hit the eastern Mediterranean. Palestinians had awaited what Kerry would [Read more]

Soft Power

June 24, 2015 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Researchers trace the first use of the term “soft power” to Joseph Nye, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs for U.S. President Bill Clinton and chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He published a book on the subject that described the rise of new guidelines for U.S. foreign [Read more]

The White House and its UN Security Council Lackey

January 16, 2015 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

There is no longer any doubt among the nations of the world that the United Nations has become a virtual subject to the United States. At the forefront is the Security Council, the drafts and resolutions of which the U.S. State Department admittedly manages and prepares. Therefore, given this direct intrusion into [Read more]

President Roosevelt

November 10, 2014 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Forty-four presidents have flocked to rule the United States, and one of them continuously governed from 1933 to 1945. President Roosevelt was not only great and unique in his management of American affairs during the most important turning points, when he led a coalition of nations to victory during World War II, but [Read more]

America and Torture: For Whom is the Praise?

November 3, 2014 // Al-Quds Al-Arabi - Pan Arab - Arabic

Twelve past recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in four separate fields from 1976 to 2011 directed an open letter to another Nobel Prize winner, President Barack Obama, requesting that he inform the U.S. and the world of the content of an intelligence report regarding various torture techniques administered in [Read more]

Obama and the Theory of ‘Limited Operations’

August 24, 2014 // al-Iraq News - Iraq - Arabic

After a setback in June, two competing theories jumped up like a cat on a hot tin roof. The first is held by those loyal to the government and called for the administration to provide support to those attempting to expel the Islamic State from Mosul, Tikrit and the mountain regions. The second is held by the [Read more]

Obama’s Policy toward Syria is a Scandal!

May 17, 2011 // Al-Wafd - Egypt - Arabic

Foreign Policy Magazine considers the apparent weakness of the Obama administration toward Syria a national scandal for the United States. Because it reflects a moral failure, the strategic interests of America will pay a heavy price. The publication pointed out that Obama’s motivation seems to be the love of [Read more]

Bin Laden or bin Ladenism?

May 17, 2011 // Addustour - Jordan - Arabic

History, when isolated from our passions and attitudes, tells us that tenacious slaughter for its own sake has consequences beyond the boundaries of the grave and turns into a movement or trend that is difficult to frame. So will the killing of bin Laden and his burial in the waters of the gulf lead to the prosperity [Read more]

One Eyewitness — and Now What?

May 7, 2011 // Alhayat - Palestine - Arabic

Will "terrorism" remain in the U.S. vocabulary after the death of Osama bin Laden, or will this “Sheikh” become the most holy of icons in the radical Islamic movement as terrorism becomes more violent and bloody? This question conveys both desire and anxiety. There is the desire to end America’s narrative of [Read more]

America's Double Standard in the Ethiopian Model

May 5, 2011 // Al Arab Al Yawm - Lebanon - Arabic

Earlier this month, U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth described the county as an “island of stability” amid a troubled region; however, it is an example of the double standards of most Western democracies and the U.S. in particular. At this point in history, we have witnessed the American military [Read more]

Obama's Dilemma: To Intervene or to Not Intervene

April 18, 2011 // Al Quds - Palestine - Arabic

To the U.S. government, the significance of the Arab youth revolutions and its objectives defies both its understanding and classification. A senior editor of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article covering the Arab revolutions which bore the shocking announcement, “We’re (almost) all neocons now.” There is no [Read more]

Obama and Netanyahu Are Different …Yet They Agree!

July 24, 2011 // Al Quds - Palestine - Arabic

Following the public affairs of the United States, one notices the presence of mutual caution and the absence of mutual respect, love, and admiration between American President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This seems stable and constant and has now reached a degree of certainty. The [Read more]


June 29, 2011 // Akhbar al Khalij - Bahrain - Arabic

According to experts in the oil industry, New Orleans holds giant oil deposits resembling Iraq’s natural oil reservoirs. The quantity stored within these deposits exponentially exceeds the amount declared to be exported to the United States, which means that unregistered oil production is taking place and being [Read more]

Our Lives Far from Washington

June 1, 2011 // Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda - Palestine - Arabic

It has become clear that there is no point in waiting for a neutral American position. The American election campaign will overshadow the issue for two years, as Democratic presidential candidate Obama and the undetermined Republican become exposed to the Israeli “core” in the Netanyahu-led Jewish lobby. Besides [Read more]

U.S. Disappointment

August 19, 2011 // Akhbar al Khalij - Bahrain - Arabic

We are disappointed about not being able to control the Egyptian elections! This sentiment was confirmed by Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman, who acknowledged the disagreements with Egypt concerning its elections while stressing that America does not want to interfere in [Read more]

Saudi-Iranian Negotiations … without America?

August 15, 2011 // Al Quds - Palestine - Arabic

Sarkis Naoum wrote an article in Nahar entitled “Saudi-Iranian Negotiations without America,” which broke the news concerning the partial withdrawal of Saudi troops, otherwise known as the “Peninsula Shield,” from Bahrain a few weeks ago. This seems quite curious to the Arab world, which generally fears [Read more]

The Arab Spring Is Not Over

September 4, 2011 // Al-Yaum - Saudi Arabia - Arabic

After the events of Sept. 11, when al-Qaida bombed the Twin Towers in New York, much has happened in the Arab and Muslim world. It would not have happened without America wanting to change the political map according to the neoconservative plan in the era of U.S. President George W. Bush. First came the occupation [Read more]

America is Not Arming Iraq Deliberately

November 13, 2011 // Sotal Iraq - Iraq - Arabic

With the United States, Iraq has upheld the 2008 agreement which includes the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by the end of 2011. However, it is striking that the agreement is free of any U.S. obligations or what might be called “the filling of the void” at the time of the withdrawal. The important question that presents [Read more]

The Worm of Wall Street

October 26, 2011 // Al-Thawra - Syria - Arabic

We disagree with one interpretation of the news regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement. There are many who call it an attack on the democracy of the United States for hundreds of protesters to have been arrested, but this pays no attention to the deeper meaning and doesn’t look beyond the arrests. [Read more]

Biblical America

October 6, 2011 // Kitabat - Iraq - Arabic

Does the inflammation of myth and invoking of legend lead the United States? “Such were the populations we destroyed when they committed iniquities; but we fixed an appointed time for their destruction” (Sura Al-Kahf, 59). “And We gave Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do [Read more]

American Exploitation

December 19, 2011 // Addustour - Jordan - Arabic

It’s puzzling when dealing with the fabrications of American politicians concerning Palestine’s people and history, while candidates for the White House and Congress vie to show their dedication and allegiance to the Zionist state. The fact that only Israel is treated as a domestic issue indicates that the main [Read more]

The Witness to the Fragrance of Hatred

December 5, 2011 // al-Hayat Al Jadeeda - Palestine - Arabic

U.S. President Barack Obama boasted that his administration has stood by and supported Israel more than any other U.S. administration! In that case, one should look for another alternative to President Obama. I will propose that perhaps the National Authority give him a prize for the explicit recognition of the obvious [Read more]

A Veto War Rages Between the East and West

February 4, 2012 // Al-Quds al-Arabi - U.K. - Arabic

Once again, the superpowers are demonstrating that their own interests and power govern humanity today. The speeches about human development and UN charters of human rights are all infernal verbal formulations. They emerge in the minds of politicians and leaders of the majority in order to guarantee the same legal and [Read more]

Israel’s Resemblance to America

March 24, 2012 // Shorouk - Egypt - Arabic

There are several organizations in the West, but in the Arab world, people stand by while raids and brutalities are waged by Israel on the Gaza Strip. Moreover, these American factions, which lead the call for human rights and peoples’ liberation, lead international efforts to topple the Syrian regime in light of the [Read more]

The Free Voices in Washington

March 10, 2012 // Alkhaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

There are still free voices that are able to break through the Zionist barriers and walls imposed upon the United States and the American people. We find them frequently on the streets of Washington, in front of the White House and the Zionist Forum (AIPAC), and within slogans and positions that diverge from America’s usual contradictory policies. [Read more]

Summit of the Americas: A Whispered Roar

April 21, 2012 // Al Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

No one waited for the Sixth Summit of the Americas to produce resolutions that are worth the efforts made by Columbia in preparation for the conference. No one waited for a resolution calling for officials in Cuba to travel immediately to the city of Cartagena and participate in its proceedings. Also, no one waited for [Read more]

Israel and the Selection of the US Republican Candidate

April 10, 2012 // al Shorouk - Egypt - Arabic

This week the primaries for the American presidency in the Republican Party took a new turn with Mitt Romney’s victory in Illinois. In spite of the victory of the conservative candidate Rick Santorum in the state of Louisiana, Romney is expected to become the Republican candidate in the U.S. presidential election. [Read more]

Israel Will Not Replace Its Ally America with Russia

May 21, 2012 // Al-Wafd - Egypt - Arabic

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz opined that Russia is not viable as an alternative ally to the United States. This comes as Vladimir Putin confirmed the speculation that he would be the most powerful man in Russia and would lead his country until 2024, becoming the greatest leader to rule Russia since Stalin. Putin has [Read more]

American Autumn

May 6, 2012 // Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

A closer analysis of recent events on the international scene, combined with a thorough study of what is happening in the United States, reveals that the American star has begun to fade. While gradually declining on all economic, political, military and social levels, the United States has begun to scramble on its way [Read more]

The Media and American Elections

November 9, 2012 // al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Did the television film about the assassination of one of America’s opponents propel Barack Obama to victory in the presidential election? Some sensationalist media hold this opinion, but from my point of view, I believe this is incorrect, at least concerning the case of Barack Obama and his losing opponent Mitt [Read more]

The Deformation of Egypt

October 2, 2012 // Al-Wafd - Egypt - Arabic

Israel fragments the already scattered group of Arab nations to facilitate the task of a new Zionist invasion of the world and to keep ahead of the Zionist alliance, which has not yet been able to penetrate the Eastern European alliance, along with China, Russia, Iran and South America, which the Qur’an calls the Roman state. And it is only through the alliance that the next Zionist attack can be repelled. [Read more]

September 11 Did Not Occur

September 15, 2012 // al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Can anyone in the world today say that the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington did not take place? One author sensationalized the horror of what happened and the necessity for clarity after the incident. Jean Baudrillard stated that the Gulf War did not take place in his book [Read more]

The Turban of Ignorance and America’s Disregard

August 29, 2012 // Sot al-Iraq - Iraq - Arabic

The basis for the hatred of America is mostly its ignorance in most, if not all, circles. However, other reasons include historical, cultural, social, intellectual and ethical reasons, as well as customs, traditions, beliefs, military issues and the inevitable future end of the American occupation of Iraq. But across [Read more]

Purpose Beyond Authority

June 17, 2012 // Al Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

The redo of the Greek parliamentary election on June 17 is only the latest symptom of the most serious crisis to plague Western democracies and open societies since the 1960s. In the West, today’s liberal democracies are struggling to avoid — and in doing so are exacerbating — an identity crisis that puts the [Read more]

The Penalty for Abetting America

June 4, 2012 // Al-Wafd - Egypt - Arabic

The Egyptian people know the reasons that led the Egyptian authorities to steadfastly hold the American perpetrators, but they may not also know the reasons that led to the release of the U.S. nationals, the conclusion of the case and their fortunate return from Cairo to their country of origin. The bail was estimated [Read more]

The Objectives of Obama’s Visit

February 21, 2013 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

The White House announced President Obama’s official visit to the Zionist entity and Ramallah, Jordan, on March 20-21. This announcement increased the optimism of many politicians, observers and analysts who supposed that the U.S. president would propose a new project for a peace settlement between the Palestinians [Read more]

In Transition

February 4, 2013 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Kerry’s political value has exceeded that of Hillary, though the president himself acknowledged that she was knowledgeable, sophisticated, capable and pragmatic. [Read more]

Concerning the Faltering US Foreign Policy

January 31, 2013 // al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

It has been difficult for President Barack Obama to pursue two foreign policies: one public and one secretive. The difficulty is due to resistant forces, such as the Republican Party hawks who stalk every detail of foreign policy. How might they then overcome the difficult junctures, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, [Read more]

The Death Throes of American Islam

December 19, 2012 // Al Arab Al Yawm - Jordan - Arabic

Throughout the Arab world, from the Atlantic to the Gulf, American Islamic groups have unexpectedly entered the countdown stage after exposing their positions on Camp David, Americans, the World Bank and general freedoms. In just a few weeks, hundreds of people were killed and wounded in the streets of Egypt, Tunisia, [Read more]

The United States: Yesterday and Today

May 1, 2013 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

The recent terrorist strikes against the United States provoked a wave of questions and comments about the future of this global power, as well as the domestic and foreign fallout. The U.S. is over-stretched, a problem which will soon take a toll on its level of superiority in addition to the economic difficulties that [Read more]

Kerry's Mysterious Motivations

April 15, 2013 // Al-Rai - Jordan - Arabic

For the third time, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the region, announcing his intention to make multiple visits every few weeks for what was described as the continuation of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. As President Barack Obama did on his recent visit, he stressed that he does not [Read more]

After Obama’s Visit, We Ask God for Safety

March 25, 2013 // al-Rai - Jordan - Arabic

Since the era when U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower forced Israel to withdraw its troops from the Sinai and Gaza following their capture by Egypt in 1956, Arabs remain convinced that the one who sits in the White House can make war or peace between Arabs and Israelis. The eras of President Nixon and the Separation [Read more]

Build and Demolish

March 15, 2013 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

A few days ago the world witnessed the destruction of a Palestinian home, built with stone and sweat, because the occupation authorities gave the owner a choice between destroying the house himself or paying for the rental of the bulldozer. The scene is reminiscent of the incident in 1948 in a Palestinian village when [Read more]

McCain in the Hole for the Second Time

June 10, 2013 // al-Thawra - Syria - Arabic

Kerry returned to the Middle East amid a rift in his administration. He plans on stopping in a small city in Syria where military operations have ripped through the land as a result of U.S. policies. The Syrian Arab Army has suspended the use of mines while Kerry attempts to carry out his deluded and hypocritical [Read more]

Guilty until Proven Innocent

January 18, 2014 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

The surveillance scandal, with all its ramifications, has proved earth-shattering. Suffice it to say, it clarified the fact that citizens of the United States are not free and do not exercise lives free from monitoring and control. [Read more]

Since It Is ‘Worthless’

January 6, 2014 // Al Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Since [the framework agreement] is worthless, then so is the settlement process that has continued for more than 10 years and has been Washington’s way of buying time at the expense of Palestinian rights. [Read more]

The Masters of the Universe

May 31, 2014 // As-Safir - Lebanon - Arabic

The “masters of the financial universe” met on the 18th floor of a modern building located in the Swiss city of Basel. The meeting featured Janet Yellen, director of the U.S. Federal Reserve, and Mario Draghi, director of the European Central Bank, along with 16 other leaders of the financial world. The meeting [Read more]

Apology Duty

April 13, 2014 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

Soon, the U.S. administration will present us with an all new, elementary foreign policy, characterized by contradictory and ambiguous positions regarding the Arab region, particularly the Palestinian cause. Still, the policy has yet to approach its ally and mistress “Israel” critically. The U.S. Department of [Read more]

Between the Battlefield and the Canvas

March 4, 2014 // Al-Khaleej - U.A.E. - Arabic

We have in Arabic the popular saying, “The free [not busy] act as judge.” But in America, it seems the free act as painter. In one of the most ironic perceptions of modern politics, we hear that former U.S. President George W. Bush has turned to painting since leaving the White House. He will display his “art,” [Read more]

Americans Between Two Options in Iraq

June 23, 2014 // Asharq Al Awsat - Saudi Arabia - Arabic

The U.S. administration is not the only one that is confused and hesitant concerning the new crisis in Iraq. Everyone is confused and waiting to see how the conflict will unfold, as the political outcomes of the Arab Spring fail, Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence mounts, and terrorist groups cross-infiltrate the war in [Read more]