Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

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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Why the Qatar crisis will not end soon

Here an English version of my last for Al-Hurra     It has been a year since the start of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, when the Saudi-led coalition imposed a trade embargo on the country.  For Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, … Continue reading

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Qatar crisis: Why Qatar is obsessed with the UAE

Here is an English version of my latest for Al-Hurra, you can read it in Arabic here It has become increasingly clear that Qatar’s diplomatic crisis with its neighbours will not be solved anytime soon. When the dispute began in June 2017, … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and UAE: A Collaborative Trio

  Photo via Reuters Here is an English version of my latest piece for Al-Hurra  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on his first overseas tour. This tour will attract attention to Saudi Arabia and its new leadership. Importantly, … Continue reading

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Competing Authoritarianism: Sisi versus Erdoğan

  This month, Egyptians head to the polls to elect their president. On paper, the only challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the relatively unknown Egyptian politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa. The real challenger to Sisi, however, is not from … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 9 ( Feb 26 -Mar 4)

Top Headlines Saudi crown prince lands in Egypt on first public trip Egypt‘s top court waives legal challenges to Red Sea islands transfer to Saudi Arabia Egypt arrests mother of woman at center of a BBC report Cabinet approves bill … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: Saudi Purge

In a surprising move, Saudi Arabia arrests princes and ex-ministers amid “anti-corruption crackdown.” 11 princes, and dozens of ministers were arrested in sweeping purge. So in one day, #SaudiArabia turned the table in #Lebanon, was hit by a ballistic missile … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: A critical look at Ahdaf Soueif’s piece on Red Sea Islands

Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif has written an opinion piece about the transfir deal of two Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. Many in Egypt, myself included, share Soueif’s overall views. Her post was widely shared on social … Continue reading

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The Western media’s imbalanced portrayal of the Qatar crisis

The crisis in the Gulf has entered its third week, since a number of Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain together with Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. The crisis … Continue reading

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This week in Egypt 2017 – Week 24 ( June 13-18)

Top Headlines Egyptian lawmakers approve Red Sea Islands transfer to Saudi Arabia  Egypt bans fishing, diving at Tiran island in preparation for handover Al-Wafd MP declares resignation over Parliament’s approval of Red Sea Islands deal An Egyptian court sentences 31 … Continue reading

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