Forgotten History of the Persian Corridor
“The Red Army: for the Sake of History and Generations” and “The Historical Significance of the 75th Anniversary of Victory over Fascism” are some of the headlines appearing in the Iraqi media these days. These are echoes of the Soviet people’s celebration of victory which has not been forgotten in Iraq. And although the Iraqis […]
Deployment to the Slaughterhouse: The Turkish Route
‘Turkey Deploys Mercenaries to Libya’, ‘Mercenary Pilgrimage Season in Tripoli’, ‘Erdogan in Libya, learned a lesson from Iran.’ These and similar headlines reflect the Middle East media’s heightened attention to the situation in Libya, and in particular, to the actions of Turkey in the country. The media are concerned by how Turkey is increasing the […]
Is Iraq between the Hammer and the Anvil?
“Iraq caught between a rock and a hard place”, “Iraq between the hammer and the anvil” and similar headlines in Iraqi news reflect public reactions towards recent events within the nation. We are referring here to the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al‑Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization […]
Tunisia On the Run-Up to Presidential Elections
In the run-up to September 15, when the country will go to the polls, the Tunisian presidential election campaign has been marked by the large number of candidates (26) running for presidency and the intense rivalry between them. This is the second multi-party presidential election to take place since the collapse of the previous regime […]
“There are no Widows in the Caliphate”
This saying was fairly popular inside Daesh (or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation that was active in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) and Iraq. This meant that former wives of fallen fighters automatically remarried their partners in crime. After the military defeat of […]
S-400 and Turkey: A Middle Eastern Perspective
Middle Eastern media outlets have been actively reporting on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 Triumph missile systems purchased by Turkey. The authors of these articles have tried to assess the significance of this deal for Turkey, the reaction of Ankara’s NATO allies and the possible consequences in terms of the regional and global balance of […]
US-Iranian Confrontation in the Persian Gulf. What Lies Ahead?
Tensions which have been escalating since May this year between the US and Iran in the Persian Gulf and Washington’s military intervention have been making headlines in the Middle East. The Saudi newspaper “Asharq al-Awsat” describes how the US has recently been ramping up their military presence in the region as dangling the sword of […]
Battle for Tripoli: What Awaits Libya?
The sound of machine gun fire in Tripoli after the start of Khalifa Haftar’s military campaign to “liberate the city” is accompanied by a bitter squabble between two conflicting sides aired by media outlets and on social networking sites. These opponents are Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA), which controls the capital and […]
Washington’s Decision on Golan Heights: Reactions from Middle East
Headlines, such as “Theft of Golan’s Oil and Water”, “Law of Jungle vs. Heights of Golan”, “Beyond Golan: Extent of Trump’s Support for Israel” and many others, have filled Middle Eastern media platforms in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s claims over Golan Heights. Mass media outlets and political circles in the region […]
White Helmets Under Black Banners
During the recent Third Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria, in Brussels, the USA decided to allocate $5 million to the White Helmets, a decision which has once more turned the spotlight onto that organization. It first emerged in 2013, under a banner of political neutrality: a non-partisan NPO formed of volunteers who carried out […]
Warsaw Conference: Skepticism Expressed by Arab Media
A US-led “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East”, held from 13 to 14 February in Warsaw, generated a perceptible response from media outlets and experts in the region. Sixty countries were represented at the event, including a number of Arab delegations and an Israeli one, headed by Prime […]
Syria and the Road to Return to the Ranks of the Arabs
Two themes have recently attracted the attention of media and social networks in the Middle East. The first is the trend towards a gradual restoration of Arab relations with the Syrian government. The second is the role of Russia in the region. The first is indicated by the resumption of the work of the UAE […]