Abdel Bari Atouan
Abdel Bari Atouan was editor in chief of the Asharq Alaousat newspaper from 1984 to 1988, then he became editor in chief of the Palestine paper Al qods Al arabi, published in London. He is known for his position of support of the Arab countries, which he does not quit defending publicly during his interviews broadcast by CNN, BBC…etc.
We would have preferred demonstrations in the Arab-Muslim world to be limited to a pacific expression and not to be aggressive acts like the attacks against Danish embassies and consulates. It’s true these are regrettable and unjustified acts, but we understand the irritation of the 1.5 billion Muslims after the publication of the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed. These are irresponsible drawings which reflect a racist view that encourages hate against Islam.
To boycott the products of the (...)
The third part of the Palestinian population has been called to participate in elections to choose the members of the Legislative Council, which is aimed at supervising the actions of the National Authority. This is an event that must remind us that about six million Palestinian refugees won’t take part in this historical event.
Despite not being really democratic due to the fact that they have been organized in the presence of the occupying Israel, these elections could be, for different (...)
The victory of Hamas in democratic elections in the occupied territories surprised Arab regimes. A victory that will allow that movement to lead the country and relieve pressures by the US and Europe, which demand reforms.
What happened at the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is a true copy of what happened in Algeria during the elections of 1991. Algerians voted for the Islamic Salvation Front not because they were extremists but because they wanted to burry a corrupt regime through (...)
The difficult situation of the Syrian government after Mehlis’s accusations requires a very precise and reasonable strategic move to avoid possible sanctions.
Syria has two options regarding Mehlis’s report. The first one is Saddam’s, that is, to refuse collaborating effectively with the UN and Mehlis, which means, not to hand over the seven suspects mentioned in the report. The second choice is that of Gadhaffi. In other words, to be unconditionally subjected to U.S. pressures, which are (...)
Some days after the death of nearly one thousand Shiite pilgrims in the stampede occurred on a bridge in Bagdad, Jalal Talabani does not stop criticizing strongly the Arab countries, which, according to the Iraqi president, have not only refused to establish true diplomatic relations with his country but also hesitated to present their condolences and offer their support to the Iraqi people. Obviously, the victims who run off in confusion had to be assisted, especially if they were our Arab (...)
On April 2003, just after having finished combats in Iraq, George W. Bush promised the Iraqis that their country would develop preserving its unity, independence and sovereignty, but after two years and 4 months, Iraqis have understood that Bush’s promises were but castles in the air. On the other hand, the new constitution submitted to Iraq’s Parliament makes legal the collapse of a country that for years was a stronghold for strategic balance and stability in one of the hottest and most (...)