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Trouble Brewing In Jordan Trouble Brewing In Jordan(0)

While Jordan has avoided the turmoil of Libya and Egypt, it has always seemed like a country on edge ever since the Arab Spring swept across the region.

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President Assad’s Emails… Revealed President Assad’s Emails… Revealed(0)

The Guardian claims to have 3,000 emails from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his inner circle, which show the regime in a state of denial even as it indulged in online shopping sprees. But it’s the least of the Syrian regime’s troubles. READ MORE HERE

 

Arab League Looks To Squeeze Syrian Government Out Of Power Arab League Looks To Squeeze Syrian Government Out Of Power(0)

Alarm bells are ringing in Damascus as western and Arab governments are looking to put pressure on the Assad regime.

New sanctions and a new report by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) is a damning indictment of how Syrian President Bashar Al Assad the domestic crisis that has engulfed his country – by sheer brute violence. READ MORE HERE

Syria’s Arab Spring & The Race For Regional Hegemony Syria’s Arab Spring & The Race For Regional Hegemony(0)

By Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab Spring is changing the political and strategic map of the Middle East as we know it in ways that will persist for decades to come. Notwithstanding the domestic developments in each country, the Arab Spring is uprooting long-standing authoritarian regimes, antagonists and protagonists to the West alike, and is creating a vacuum that regional powers will quickly attempt to fill. Each of the regional powers in the Middle East – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, and Israel – are poised to exploit the uprising to their advantage. New regional alliances could emerge, as could a new “cold war” and the potential of violence between the competing powers. What is certain now, however, is that the Syrian upheaval thrusts Turkey and Iran into a collision course because they have opposing geostrategic interests that neither of them can afford to ignore.

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The Irony Of Nethanyahu’s ‘Success Story’ The Irony Of Nethanyahu’s ‘Success Story’(0)

By Alon Ben-Meir

It is ironic how those loyal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have created a narrative of a success story of Netanyahu’s achievements where failure is clearly rampant. They point to the solidity of the governing coalition, the halting of the Gaza flotillas, the failure of the Palestinian UN gambit, the release of Gilad Shalit, the expansion of settlements and the standing ovation from Congress, all while defiantly opposing any of the peacemaking moves proposed by President Obama.

For Netanyahu’s supporters this is success when in fact the precise opposite is true. Israel is more isolated in the international community than ever before, its relations with allies have been frayed, it faces unprecedented threats from Iran and its proxies, and an uncertain regional security environment has emerged in full force. Meanwhile inequality and soaring costs of living throughout the country have brought masses to the streets. To be sure, for the safety and security of Israel and its future as a democratic State, Netanyahu’s record is disastrous. His achievements are nothing short of utter defeat for Israel as a country and the Israelis as a people, making the nation appears increasingly like a pariah state.
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‘Mission Accomplished’ In Libya & Iraq? ‘Mission Accomplished’ In Libya & Iraq?(0)

By George Friedman

In a week when the European crisis continued building, the White House chose publicly to focus on announcements about the end of wars. The death of Moammar Gadhafi was said to mark the end of the war in Libya, and excitement about a new democratic Libya abounded. Regarding Iraq, the White House transformed the refusal of the Iraqi government to permit U.S. troops to remain into a decision by Washington instead of an Iraqi rebuff.
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Will Syrians Deploy Libyan Model Of Resistance? Will Syrians Deploy Libyan Model Of Resistance?(0)

With Libya’s civil war over for all practical purposes after the death of Colonel Muammr Gaddafi – at least for now.. all eyes have turned back to Syria.

The  country is in the grip of severe unrest with President Bashar Al Assad using his entire force to quash dissent. But despite his most brutal efforts, the protests continue to be a daily occurence.

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EU Sanctions Needed To Weaken Cruel Syrian Regime EU Sanctions Needed To Weaken Cruel Syrian Regime(0)

While the U.S. oil sanctions on Syria are welcome, the world can inflict a much bigger blow to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime if its biggest customer — the European Union — shunned its crude exports too.

It has become a grim but almost familiar sight on TV: unarmed Syrian protesting against the government on the streets, only to flee at the sound of gunfire from Syrian forces – a few minutes later lay bodies on the streets. READ MORE HERE

Why The Arab Spring May Yet Come To Saudi Arabia Why The Arab Spring May Yet Come To Saudi Arabia(1)

It was an unlikely public display of affection. Close to 2,000 Syrian expatriates gathered on the streets of Jeddah, carrying Saudi flags and pictures of the Saudi King to thank him for criticising Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and demanding an end to his wretched violence against his own people.

In an unusually frank criticism, the King demanded that Al-Assad end the violence against his own people, breaking the silence in the Arab World over one of the biggest atrocities being committed within the region.

But, “as a number of Saudi youths started joining the gathering [of Syrian expatriates], police intervened and dispersed the people peacefully,” reported Arab News. READ MORE HERE

Gulf Plus: The GCC Looks To Expand Its Sphere Of Influence Gulf Plus: The GCC Looks To Expand Its Sphere Of Influence(0)

Jordan and Morocco’s possible inclusion in the Gulf is a political move rather than an economic one, but there might be other – unlikely – candidates in the region far suitable for the purpose.

The potential inclusion of Morocco and Jordan in the GCC fold should be taken for what it is – a political move by the Gulf states to widen their sphere of influence in the region. Read More Here

How Much Wealth Do Arab Rulers Control Directly? How Much Wealth Do Arab Rulers Control Directly?(0)

The rulers and royal families of the Arab World directly control more than $240-billion of investments in publicly-listed firms, surpassing SWF and government institutions, according to data. Read More

Where’s the next Tunisia? Where’s the next Tunisia?(0)

Which countries are ‘ripe for a revolution’ and is there a likelihood that the people of the Arab World will be able to shake the very foundations of the region’s autocracy, monarchy and dictatorships that rule their fates? Read More

Risky Sovereigns Risky Sovereigns(0)

Question: Which Middle East ‘country’ is most likely to default? Clue: It is not Iraq or Lebanon! Read More

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