Category Archives: Middle East

What after the Pope’s visit to the UAE?

  Pope Francis and A-Azhar Grand Imam in UAE “Your family could not find an Arabic name for you?” My teacher looked at me with disdain as he was trying to prnounce my “foreign” name, “Nervana.” Moving to a public … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey

In a rare event, angry crowd stormed a Turkish military camp in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the city of Dohuk. I herewith include few tweets that explain the background of this incident .  Hundreds of people in the Kurdistan Region’s #Shiladze region … Continue reading

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Syria and the Arab Return

  By the end of 2018, the Syrian–Arab relations witnessed a new beginning. The UAE announced the re-opening of its embassy in Damascus, while Bahrain said its diplomatic mission in Syria had been operating “without interruption.” Other sources also expect … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: The Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen’s Houthis

The Washington Post has decided to publish an opinion piece by Yemen’s Houthi militia Mohammed Ali al-Houthi. That decision, however has triggered fierce criticism on Twitter. Here are few examples:      Opinion | Houthi leader: We want peace for … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia and the challenges of Khashoggi’s murder

The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has triggered dangerous repercussions for Saudi Arabia. Following the country’s formal admission of killing Khashoggi inside its consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia has hoped the crisis triggered by his brutal murder will gradually … Continue reading

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Reading list: Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

13 days ago, prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. His case has provoked a global outcry. Here is a collection of articles, which I think are worth reading about his mysterious disppearance  … Continue reading

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Turkish citizenship is for sale, but will Arabs buy in?

    If you are rich and want to acquire Turkish citizenship, then congrats, your wish has come true. Turkey has significantly eased requirements for acquiring Turkish citizenship. The new regulations reduce the limits for fixed capital investments to acquire Turkish citizenship, … Continue reading

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How Did Iran Win in Syria?

  Photo via Reuters   It is over – the Syrian revolution has ended. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad took full control of the province of Deraa, the birthplace of the 2011 protests. Now Assad has regained control … Continue reading

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The Arab audience that claps with one hand for Erdogan

    “You have a big heart, you shower us with your blessing and kindness. In your wisdom we are in awe, as you mirror our civilization.” I could not help but remember these lines from the classic Egyptian adaptation … Continue reading

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The myth of “the deal of the century”

Here is an English version of my latest Arabic piece in Al-Hurra on how imaginative plots have been weaponised and used to demonise certain Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.   Photo from latest protests in Jordan- via … Continue reading

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