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Mustapha Karkouti


The power games in Syrian conflict

Thanks to Moscow, Syria’s Bashar Al Assad seems to be swiftly moving towards full control of large parts of the country that he lost over the last six years to various opposition groups. This will very likely improve his chances to remain in power for the time being. Al Assad gains comfort from Donald Trump’s administration current policy towards Syria, as the American president is no longer calling for toppling his regime.Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also reassured him that his government had no intension to remove him from power. In fact, Netanyahu has said as recently as last...
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Why has Corbyn become Israel’s nightmare

Things must be seen in perspective in order to really understand what’s behind the vicious campaign against Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party in the United Kingdom. It is very rare for a western politician to survive what seems to be a well-orchestrated and multi-fronted attack. He has been labelled anti-Semitic. Being the leader of the second-largest party in British parliament after the Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn could possibly become the next prime minister of UK.Corbyn, a democratic socialist since he entered politics as a trade unionist in 1960s, has always spoken his mind independently from the Labour leadership official...
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Arabs are now officially second-class citizens

It would be shamefully embarrassing for Western officials, particularly the Americans, to lecture Arabs from now on that Israel is ‘the region’s democratic oasis’ or ‘the only democracy in the Middle East.’ The Israeli state has not only uncovered its deep-rooted racist nature by adopting the latest ‘Nation-State Law’, but it has also officially ‘legalised’ its racism by parliamentary legislation. The ‘law’ gives Jews, wherever they are on the planet, exclusive rights to self-determination in Israel.Israel has constitutionally put its Jewishness ahead of its so-called democracy. Last week, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) voted 62 in favour and 55 against with...

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Divided Europe is bad news for Middle East

The Middle East European Common Policy, since its formation in early 1970s, is seriously under threat. The first to be hit is the likely Europe position on Palestine and other major Arab issues. The cohesion of the current European Union (EU) has already begun to show serious signs of cracks — for the first time since its membership expansion in late 1990.In fact, the entire EU Common Policy and unity seems to be under question since some member states are in process of splitting up from the EU. UK was the first to go down this route after the result...
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Erdogan’s win helps tighten his iron grip

Why is Turkey important? And does it really matter who is in charge in Ankara?Apart from its strategically significant geopolitical location, Turkey has got the second largest army in Nato. Despite the end of the Cold War as the Soviet Union collapsed over two decades ago, Turkey’s significance has by no mean diminished. It is a vital Western ally bordering the currently world hottest spots, namely Syria and Iraq, and unquestionably has a key role in the Muslim world. With its nearly 82 million population, Turkey is also a continuous candidate for the European Union membership and is among the...
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When pro-Al Assad alliance begins to crumble

If the price for pushing Iran out of Syria is a conditional rehabilitation of President Bashar Al Assad, the US administration seems to be willing to pay. That is if it leads to a weakening of Iran’s strategy in the Middle East. President Donald Trump has made it clear on several occasions that his aim is to erase Iran’s powerful presence in Syria.In his maiden speech as Secretary of State in May, following Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Pompeo promised that his country will confront Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its multifaceted militia...

Al Abadi may return but under Al Sadr’s turban

Whoever forms Iraq’s next government will run the country according to the vision of the rising political leader, Moqtada Al Sadr. Leading his new Sa’iroon (March On) alliance, the young Shiite politician has already gained the title of ‘King Maker’ not because his alliance has won most seats in the new Council of Representatives (Parliament), but for the courage and vision he has shown during the election campaign. Some of world affairs watchers began to liken his movement to that of President Emanuel Macron’s French La Republique En Marche party.However, as the final election’s results are fully declared, the task...

Iran’s gamble is fast approaching its conclusion

Last week’s showdown between Iran and Israel in and over Syria is not expected to be the last. But, could such showdowns, if repeated, provoke an all-out war? Though the two countries have avoided any serious clashes in the past, Israel’s retaliatory attack on almost all major Iranian military targets inside Syria represents the biggest direct confrontation between the two countries in their history.So far both countries have indicated that neither wishes to engage in such a war, but the confrontation is going to occur on two fronts.First, the latest attack happened on a pretty large scale as the Israelis...
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Iran’s threats against Israel all bark and no bite

What’s the final aim of Iran’s vicious intervention in the Middle East? The latest statement to emerge from Tehran claimed that the country’s strategy now is to “annihilate” Israel within the next 25 years. This “threat” came on Saturday from the highest-ranking officer of the Iranian army, Commander Major General Abdul Rahman Mousavi. He said the army will move hand in hand with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp, IRGC, so that “the arrogant system [… Israel] and the Zionist regime will be annihilated.”In a televised speech hours later in Lebanon, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned that his militia’s rockets “could now...

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Tomahawks no answer to gas attacks in Syria

In one of his latest tweets, US President Donald Trump called the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad “an animal” following the chemical attack on Douma, in the outskirts of the capital killing at least 70 civilians last Saturday. He also lashed out in the strongest terms at the trio of Russia, Iran and Al Assad and warned they “will pay a big price”. A week earlier, the American president said in another tweet that he was pulling out altogether from Syria “and will leave the others to sort it out”, but three days later he was persuaded “not to pull...
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For global security, Europe must lead from the front

The newly nominated National Security Adviser of the United States, John Bolton, has increased risks about what direction President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is taking. These concerns are not confined to the national remit, but they cross the world, particularly into Europe, the Middle East and beyond.In addition to Bolton’s appointment, the president’s nomination of both the former director Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, replacing Rex Tillerson, and Gina Haspel as the new CIA chief, is greatly adding to the anxiety.Both nominations require Congress’s approval while the national security adviser, whose job is to maintain links between intelligent services and...
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Saudi Arabia leads the drive to curtail Iran’s hegemony

The energetic young leadership in Saudi Arabia is facing insurmountable challenges and the most imminent one by far is Iran’s aggressive policy in the region and beyond. Iran’s, to coin a phrase, “Arc of Ambitions” stretches from Baghdad through the Gulf, Syria, Lebanon and the Saudi’s “soft belly”: Yemen. Since the signing of the nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of world power, Tehran’s top clerics and their powerful army of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, IRGC, do not hide their country’s policy and openly claim their intervention in the region aims to prominently establish Iran as the centre of power...