Following Waiving Of U.S. Sanctions On Iran, Fading Of Iranian Uprising, Saudi Press Condemns West’s Passivity Vis-à-vis Iranian Regime

Recently, after the popular uprising in Iran died down, and following U.S. President Donald Trump’s waiving of the nuclear sanctions against Iran, the Saudi press published a number of articles harshly criticizing the Western policy vis-à-vis Iran.[1] The articles expressed disap…

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Al-Qaeda Issues Condolences For Death Of AQIM’s Media Cheif, Abu Rawaha Hisham

On February 1, 2018, Al-Qaeda’s Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) issued condolences for the death of Sheikh Abu Rawaha Al-Qusantini, the head of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) media outlet, the Al-Andalus Foundation.[1] The statement, issued in Arabic and in English by…

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Senior Jordanian Journalist Questions Trump’s Mental Fitness For Office

Following reports on the medical examination recently taken by U.S. President Donald Trump, Fahed Al-Fanek, a senior columnist for the Jordanian daily Al-Rai and the former chair of the daily’s board of directors, wrote that, even if Trump is physically healthy, this does not mea…

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Court Martial And Execution In Effigy Of U.S. President Trump And VP Pence In Bethlehem Refugee Camp

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, a group of Palestinian activists, among them official representatives of the Fatah movement, held a public mock trial of U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, protesting the U.S. freeze…

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Apprehension In Syrian Opposition That Sochi Conference Aims To Establish New Political Framework For Syria Solution, Preserve Assad’s Regime

Introduction

On December 22, 2017, at the end of the eighth round of intra-Syrian talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, which focused on the topic of the ceasefire, the three countries sponsoring the talks – Iran, Russia and Turkey – announced that a national dialogue conference would …

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Former Jordanian Information Minister Following Pence’s Visit To Amman: Israel Will Disappear Soon, And The U.S. Will Lose Its Global Hegemony

On January 20, 2018, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a brief visit to Jordan as part of a tour that also included Egypt and Israel. This was the first visit to the region by a senior U.S. official since U.S. President Trump’s December 6, 2017 announcement recognizing Jerusale…

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Owner Of Egyptian Daily: The Arabs Should Respond To The Trump Declaration With A ‘Comprehensive Peace Offensive’

Salah Diab, an Egyptian businessman and the owner of the daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, who goes by the pen name Newton, published a series of four articles in which he expressed his longing for a visionary leadership that would extricate the Arabs from the sorry state in which they hav…

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Palestinian Journalists Come Out Against BDS Movement, Ramallah Municipality For Banning Lebanese Director Ziad Doueiri’s Film In Ramallah

In recent months, the Palestinian media has been debating the activity of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement in the territory of the Palestinian Authority (PA), in the context of the prohibition issued by the Ramallah Municipality against the screeni…

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Saudi Journalist: Boycotting American Products May Boomerang On Arabs

In an article in the London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, economist Dr. ‘Abdallah Al-Radadi opposed the calls to boycott American products and companies in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He wrote that boyco…

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Kuwaiti Columnist: Stop Funding For Racist UNRWA Until It Dwindles And Dies

In his January 10, 2018 column in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Watan, ‘Abdallah Al-Hadlaq supported the criticism voiced by U.S. President Donald Trump about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) and Trump’s decision to cut its funding. Calling UNRWA…

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Senior Columnist For Jordanian Government Daily: No Justification For Hizbullah’s Weapons

Amid concern in Jordan about the presence of pro-Iran Shi’ite forces on the Jordan-Syria border,[1] and following the November 19, 2017 Arab League statement calling Hizbullah an organization “that supports terrorist groups in the Arab world,” Fahd Al-Fanek, a senior columnist in…

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One Year After Death Of Rafsanjani, MEMRI Presents Excerpts From His Statements: ‘The Islamic Regime Must Grant The People Freedom Without Coercion, Threats, Restrictions And False Arrests’

On the anniversary of the death of Iranian Expediency Council chairman and Experts Assembly member Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of the pragmatic camp in Iran, who was the right hand man of the founder of the Islamic Revolution regime, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and th…

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Editorial In ISIS News Bulletin Exhorts Iranians To Reject ‘Rule Of Jurisprudent’ In Favor Of Belief In Allah And In The Rule Of The Shari’a

The editorial of the latest issue of Al-Naba,[i1 the weekly news bulletin of the Islamic State (ISIS), is devoted to the current protests in Iran. Titled “People of Iran, Grasp the Most Trustworthy Handhold”,[2] it states that the most important message of these protests is one o…

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Gulf Press Expresses Optimism, Delight At Popular Uprising In Iran

The popular uprising that broke out in Iran on December 27, 2017,[1] and within days spread across the country, has gotten a lot of attention in the Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE – which consider Iran their foremost enemy, and which, they say, is interfering…

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Jordanian Writer: Women In Jordan Are Subjected Daily To Harassment, Denigration, And Denial Of Their Rights; Society Must Completely Change How It Treats Them

On November 21, 2017, the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Arabic-language channel aired a youth program on women’s rights in Jordan, during which a Jordanian teen told of sexual harassment she had been subjected to and pointed out that when she went to file a co…

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Intensive Discussions In Resistance Axis Ahead Of Possible Joint Confrontation With Israel; Syrian Daily: A Confrontation Is Inevitable

Recently, and especially since the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, elements in the resistance axis, including Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Iran and Hizb…

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Jordanian Journalists, Politicians Receive Death Threats On Social Media

In September 2017, death threats appeared on social media against two liberal Jordanian journalists: Zuleikha Abu Risha and Basel Rafayeh, as well as against a parliament member from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Dima Tahboub. These threats prompted a renewed debate about a phenom…

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Op-Eds On Kurdish Independence In Palestinian Authority Daily – From Absolute Support To Reservations About It

On September 25, 2017, Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum on the region’s independence; the result was overwhelmingly in favor of a split from Iraq. The Palestinian Authority (PA) released no official response to the referendum and its results, and the Palestinian press reported i…

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Arab Writers: Arab World’s Opposition To Kurdish Independence Referendum Is Hypocritical

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani’s September 25, 2017 referendum on Kurdish independence sparked vehement opposition in Arab countries, as was expressed in statements by leaders and also by many articles in the Arab press. The main argument raised was that the Kurds are a tool…

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