Month: November 2020

  • Geo-Political Dynamics of Arabia and the Gulf

    [This is a summary of a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Abdullah Baabood, Waseda University on the second day of the 29th National Council on US-Arab Relations Conference held on November 18, 2020. These notes summarize my impression of highlights of the presentation and are not an attempted transcription.] H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Hassan, Sultanate […]

  • News and Analysis (11/30/20)

    14 years before Donald Trump threatened to refuse to a peaceful transition of power, Mahmoud Abbas “refused to share power” with the winners of the Palestinian elections. This time he signals he won’t even allow elections already delayed for ten years to be held now: Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas Pushes Back Against Elections (Financial Times) “[T]he […]

  • News and Analysis (11/28/20)

    “Ellie Geranmayeh of the European Council on International Relations said on Twitter that the ‘objective behind the killing wasn’t to hinder (Iran’s) nuclear programme but to undermine diplomacy,’” and the National Iranian American Council feels the same way: Iran Accuses Israel of Killing Top Nuclear Scientist, Vows ‘Revenge’ (Economic Times) NIAC Statement on the Assassination […]

  • News and Analysis (11/26/20)

    Denmark’s foreign affairs and integration minister, who also seeks to regulate the dowry brides may receive in dowry from their husbands, commands Muslim women not to “be ruled by either imams or outdated norms.” The women push back that they won’t be deprived of their agency or their wealth by government bureaucrats: Danish Minister’s Comment […]

  • News and Analysis (11/23/20)

    In an “unprecedented move” the lame duck Secretary of State makes a “‘deliberate effort’ to prevent non-violent opposition to the occupation” by “turning international law on its head” … Pompeo in Israel: Three Announcements that Cement ‘Apartheid’ (Middle East Eye) … becoming “the first US secretary of state ever to visit an Israeli settlement in […]

  • News and Analysis (11/19/20)

    Keeping perspective.  Reducing armed forces to 2.500 troops each in Afghanistan and Iraq constitutes a reduction of about 40% in the first case and 17% in the second (and even in the case of Iraq, 50%): CNN: Military Expecting Order for Troop Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan ( According to the PA’s civil affairs minister, […]

  • News and Analysis (11/17/20)

    Big Brother is watching. “The most popular app among those targeted was a Muslim prayer and Quran app called Muslim Pro, with more than 98 million downloads worldwide. Others included a Muslim dating app”: US Military Buys Location Data of Popular Muslim Apps: Report (Aljazeera) A former chief minister accuses the government of launching a […]

  • News and Analysis (11/14/20)

    “U.S. Department of State plans to label three leading global human rights groups—Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam—’anti-Semitic’ … will not only move forward, but will be geared to have even broader impact than originally suggested … [stipulating that claiming] that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” is anti-Semitic: […]

  • News and Analysis (11/11/20)

    “The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate and loosening alcohol restrictions. The Gulf country also sought to criminalise so-called ‘honour killings’, a widely criticised tribal custom”: UAE Announces Relaxing of Islamic Laws for Personal Freedoms (Aljazeera) The EU wants to legislate […]

  • News and Analysis (11/8/20)

    Biden’s meeting with Golda Meir “marked the beginning of his unwavering support for Israel and close ties with many Israeli leaders since then,” including his three decades long friendship with Benjamin Netanyahu: Joe Biden ‘No Saviour’ of the Palestinians (Aljazeera) “The Trump administration, in coordination with Israel and several Gulf states, is pushing a plan […]

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