Abdel Bari Atwan Speaks About Peace Process in Amman

Here is a link to report about Abdel Bari Atwan’s 22 February 2014 speech to an audience of thousands in Amman, Jordan. http://bit.ly/OxD1eJ    

Interview with Abdel Bari Atwan on Life After Al-Quds

Gulf states and Israel won’t silence me: journalist Abdel Bari Atwan Submitted by Asa Winstanley on Thu, 12/05/2013 – 20:39 img_2526.jpg   Abdel Bari Atwan (Asa Winstanley / The Electronic Intifada)   Abdel Bari Atwan is one of the world’s best-known Palestinian journalists. His editorials are influential and widely-read and his appearances on many news(…)

Can the GCC Survive Sweeping Regional Changes?

The two-day 34th annual summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) was a lackluster affair with a short agenda. The leaders met briefly, attended a gala dinner hosted by the leader of the host country, and then issued a final communique during a press conference which held no surprises. The reasons that the meeting was(…)

GCC Under Pressure As Oman Opposes Union

By Abdel Bari Atwan The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) has long been beset by problems. On Saturday, however, it received a serious knock to its very infrastructure when Oman's Foreign Minister Yousef Bin Alawi told a high-level Manama Dialogue meeting that Muscat opposed the planned political union would withdraw from GCC if this was implemented.(…)

Farewell Nelson Mandela, Our Resistance Role Model

  Mandela’s struggle has shown that the South African example can be a template for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, except that international political will is lacking By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News Published: 20:00 December 6, 2013 It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Nelson Mandela’s death last night.(…)

Pragmatic Erdogan Makes a U-Turn

Discovering at the eleventh hour that Turkey was about to be marginalised over Geneva II and regional diplomacy in general, the prime minister has thrown himself whole-heartedly into the thick of it By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News Published: 20:00 December 2, 2013 Image Credit:   What a difference 24 months can(…)

Arab League Should Share Blame For Syria Crisis

Abdel Bari Atwan Finally waking up from its coma, the Arabic League has decided to invite the Foreign Ministers of member countries to an emergency summit to discuss the Syrian crisis. This call to action followed a meeting between UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and  Ahmed Ben Hilli, Deputy Secretary General of the Arab League about(…)

Why Are Arab Leaders Silent on US Wiretap Scandal?

Abdel Bari Atwan  German Chancellor Angela Merkel is known for her cool nerves, restraint and muted emotions but even she was visibly rattled when it was revealed that US National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on her and recording her mobile calls, emails and text messages. She immediately contacted President Obama administration demanding clarification(…)

Lamenting the Death of the Friends of Syria

Read more articles in English at http://www.raialyoum.com/?cat=25 Abdel Bari Atwan On Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the remaining (down to eleven from 114) Friends of Syria nations held a meeting in London. They must have considered not only where they can go with their mission in the light of various diplomatic and military developments, but(…)

Saudi Arabia: The Real Reason For Refusing UN Seat

Abdel Bari Atwan Saudi Arabia has turned overnight into a State of political shocks and surprises. Last month, Prince Saud Al-Faisal refused to deliver a scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly. Now, the Saudi Foreign Ministry has announced that the country will not be taking up its place as a non-permanent member of the(…)

Hamas: caught in the crosshairs

Besieged on all fronts and aware of his increasing isolation, Hamas leader Mesha’al has been attempting to repair the damage, but that is turning out to be an uphill task   By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News Published: 20:00 October 18, 2013   Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/©Gulf News   In February(…)

Westgate Attack: Al-Zawahiri’s Al-Qaeda is Hardline and Expanding

The atrocious attack by Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi points to a renewed emphasis on internationalizing 'jihad', and a closer co-operation between the various 'branches' and al-Qaeda 'central' led by Ayman al-Zawahiri. While al-Qaeda remains horizontal in structure, with its many branches and affiliates largely maintaining their autonomy, al-Zawahiri(…)

Syria: Seeking Common Ground [Gulf News]

Any settlement in Geneva, which excludes any member of Syria’s multi-faceted opposition, will likely prove worthless By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News Published: 20:00 September 21, 2013   Image Credit: ©Gulf News   Speaking to the Guardian newspaper on Friday, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, suggested that the regime might call(…)

Hamas Facing Crisis in Gaza

We do not know whether the rocket fired from the Gaza Strip which landed in an agricultural area near the city of Ashkelon is a warning to Israel to be followed by more, or if it is a strong message to Hamas, which governs the strip, stating that the period of restraint to which the(…)

Syria: Who Represents The Opposition Now?

The most recent edition of Jane's Defence and Security magazine reveals that at least half of the estimated 100,000 fighters battling the Assad regime in Syria are either Salafi jihadis or hard-line Islamists. How, then, can the Syrian National Council (SNC) claim that it is the sole, legitimate representative of the Syrian opposition? Yesterday, the(…)

Look at ‘Liberated’ Libya and Despair

Welcome to the new Libya, a country 'liberated' by NATO which now finds itself without the oil revenues which could make it rich, with no security, no stability and assassinations and corruption at unprecendented levels. Last Friday, the Economist magazine published a report about the implosion of Libya. My attention was caught by the pictures(…)

Oslo and an unfulfilled dream

It is clear that the Israelis will like ‘peace’ talks to go on for another 20 years, by which time there will be nothing left of the original Palestine By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News Published: 20:00 September 12, 2013   Image Credit: Seyyed de la Llata/©Gulf News   The 1993 Oslo(…)

Amazed by Accuracy of My Predictions in Books About Al-Qaeda

On the 12th anniversary of 9/11 even I am amazed by how accurate the predictions I made in my 2012 book, After bin Laden: al-Qa'ida, the Next Generation have proved to be, especially in Syria, the Sahel, and in regard to the opportunities afforded by the Arab Spring. I also wrote a backgrounder on al-Qaeda(…)

On Twelfth Anniversary of 9/11 Al-Qaida Stronger Than Ever

Wednesday marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that changed the course of world history and dragged the US into wars in the Middle East which have brought her to the brink of bankruptcy, both financially and morally, and rocked her foundations. The prestigious British  Economist said, in an editorial commenting on the attacks, that(…)

Syria: What Next as US Military Threat Recedes

In an interview in London, a city he liked to frequent and where he was awarded a Phd from the London School of Economics, Said al-Islam Gadaffi discussed the voluntary non-conventional weapons disarmament his father, Muammar al-Gadaffi, agreed in 2003. Chemical weapons were neutralized, and advanced nuclear facilities were dismantled in exchange for diplomatic and(…)