Category: Politics Analysis

  • Algeria to supply Tunisian border region with gas, minister says

    Algeria to supply Tunisian border region with gas, minister says

    Algeria will supply a border region in Tunisia with natural gas and both countries will provide each other with electricity, their energy ministers said on Tuesday. Algeria, a major oil and gas producer, will supply gas to the Tunisian border region of Sakiet Sidi Youssef, the country’s energy minister, Mustapha Guitouni, said after meeting his […]

  • ANALYSIS: Debunking Iran’s claim of ‘advisory roles’ in Middle East wars

    ANALYSIS: Debunking Iran’s claim of ‘advisory roles’ in Middle East wars

    Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has acknowledged that his forces played a significant role in the killing of former Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. “Today, Yemen is ruled by the Ansarullah (Houthi Movement), and Iran’s assistance is confined to advisory missions and spiritual support, which Yemen needs most,” he noted. IRGC admits […]

  • Who will govern Kirkuk?

    Who will govern Kirkuk?

    Although Baghdad imposed its authority on Kirkuk on Oct. 16 and appointed a new temporary governor, Kurds still hope to reach an agreement with Baghdad that will allow them to appoint a Kurdish governor in the disputed province between Baghdad and Erbil. In the latest development, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) nominated a Kurdish candidate (the former head of the […]

  • “Nile Hilton Incident” tops box offices everywhere but Egypt

    “Nile Hilton Incident” tops box offices everywhere but Egypt

    “I’m not a martyr. I’m not a victim. I don’t feel brave,” Tarik Saleh, the award-winning Egyptian/Swedish director of one of the year’s most controversial films, “The Nile Hilton Incident,” told Al-Monitor in a Skype interview. “I never went to prison in Egypt; I feel very privileged. Filmmakers and writers who are still working there […]

  • What’s behind Cairo’s call to unify expatriate groups?

    What’s behind Cairo’s call to unify expatriate groups?

    Public diplomacy was the political regime’s weapon in 2014-2016 when Egyptians rallied abroad to assert the popularity of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when he visited New York, Berlin and Paris, among other European capitals. At the time, the Muslim Brotherhood was trying to show the international community that Sisi’s regime acceded to power in the wake of an illegitimate military coup by spreading rumors […]

  • Why is Israel supporting Kurdish secession from Iraq?

    Why is Israel supporting Kurdish secession from Iraq?

    So far, Israel has been the only state to support the Kurdish secession from Iraq, even celebrating the outcome of the September 25 referendum, in which an overwhelming majority of Iraqi Kurds voted for breaking away from Baghdad. Israeli enthusiasm for Kurdish independence has little to do with compassion for the Kurds, whether in Iraq or elsewhere, and more to […]

  • Will the Jewish archive return to Iraq?

    Will the Jewish archive return to Iraq?

    The US State Department announced Sept. 10 that the United States would return the Iraqi Jewish archive to Iraq next year. The archive had been shipped to the United States in 2003, after American troops saved it from destruction by water leaking into the cellars of the Iraqi General Intelligence Service building in Baghdad. The archive includes tens of […]

  • Can Egypt’s Al-Azhar fight extremism through ‘e-fatwas’?

    Can Egypt’s Al-Azhar fight extremism through ‘e-fatwas’?

    Al-Azhar Fatwa Global Center has received dozens of fatwa inquiries since it launched “Ask Al-Azhar,” in cooperation with the Youm7 website, on Aug. 26. The aim is to answer fatwa-related questions for the first time through live electronic broadcast. Youm7, one of the most popular news websites in Egypt, has an icon on its website […]

  • Iraq sends Khamenei’s envoy back to Iran with little to show

    Iraq sends Khamenei’s envoy back to Iran with little to show

    Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the newly appointed chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council, visited Iraq recently, fueling speculation about his political agenda. His meetings indicate that he most likely was seeking to unify Shiites ahead of the 2018 elections, although he doesn’t appear to have succeeded. Shahroudi, who is a dual Iranian-Iraqi citizen and was a senior leader […]

  • Iraqi officials’ dual nationality allows for escape abroad

    Iraqi officials’ dual nationality allows for escape abroad

    The Lebanese authorities arrested a former Iraqi minister who was wanted by Interpol at the airport in Beirut Sept. 8. The identity of the minister has not been released yet, but Lebanese officials have said that he holds British citizenship. Many officials with dual nationality accused by the Iraqi authorities of corruption have fled the country in order to […]