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While there are now more than 500 Arabic and Persian language news outlets reporting stories from and about the Middle East, there is currently no affordable means for English speakers to gain access to much of this content. As a result, the overwhelming majority of English speaking businesspersons, students, journalists and others who have an interest in the affairs of the region are largely unaware of what the Middle East media is covering and how they are covering these stories.

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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
27-Jul-2016
Egypt
Business
“Will Saudi Arabia intervene to salvage Es-Sisi’s regime...?”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Arab Diplomacy - Financial Markets
On July 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Cairo Muhammad Ali Afifi: “News surrounding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s willingness to offer $1 billion to the Egyptian government in the coming days, in the context of a package of aid it had pledged earlier this year, raised questions surrounding whether or not this will be enough to prevent the dangerous economic repercussions resulting from the ongoing collapse of the value of the Egyptian pound compared to the dollar. According to a governmental source, Cairo did not request any additional foreign aid, and this $1 billion was part of the economic cooperation decisions. He added: “This sum can in no way end the crisis related to the value of the pound,” knowing that the Egyptian and Saudi sides are constantly being asked whether or not Riyadh would be willing to offer greater aid to salvage the regime from its suffocating crisis… (Read More)
France
Politics
“ISIL topples the safety state in Europe. What’s next?”  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Terrorism - USA EU
On July 27, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report by Wassim Ibrahim: “The citizens of one European state are living through something that they’ve never seen before. Their lives, the lives of their children and families are now threatened anywhere and at any given moment… The safety state has fallen according to the concerned parties even if the authorities were to refuse to admit the truth that can no longer be denied… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“The General a president on August 8”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On July 27, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report by Michel Nasr: “Political attention is now focused on Ain al-Tineh, which will be hosting in the upcoming week three dialogue rounds aimed at breaking the freeze that the internal arena is suffering from in light of the clogged horizons and the reigning status quo at the level of the presidential elections since March 25, 2014. Many are not optimistic about any possible breakthrough during the three dialogue rounds at the level of the presidential elections and the electoral law knowing that a wave of optimism had recently hit Al-Rabyeh… (Read More)
“This is how Ain al-Helweh is fighting the awl!”  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Media - Military Defense - Terrorism - Unrest
On July 27, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report: “What is the real situation in Ain al-Helweh as well as the Miyeh w Miyeh camps? Is it true that the camp is standing on the crater of a volcano? What is the extent of the takfiri and radical groups’ presence there? And what is the extent of the imminent danger that they represent to the camp’s neighborhood all the way to Saida and the South…?… (Read More)
“Palestinians avoid confrontation with Lebanon...”  (Website, Middle East)
Military Defense - Unrest
On July 27, the Lebanese privately-owned En-Nashra news website carried the following exclusive report by Tony Khoury: “The Lebanese have not yet forgotten the Lebanese Army’s confrontations with Ahmad al-Assir’s terrorists in Abra, which featured the use of heavy weapons and strategic plans to deplete and cause the fall of the greatest losses in the army’s ranks... Al-Assir had tried to flee Lebanon prior to his arrest, prompting his assistant Fadl Shaker to launch an organized propaganda campaign aiming to improve his image. And Shaker did not hesitate to release video messages saying he was being treated unjustly, was innocent and had never fought, to suddenly replace the image he had spread back when he was flaunting Al-Assir’s status and popularity, and issuing threats before and after the battle that went on with the army… (Read More)
Middle East
Opinion
“The Arab citizen: Focal point of “summits””  (Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Arab Diplomacy
On July 27, the pro-monarchy Ar-Riyadh newspaper carried the following lead editorial by Hani Wafa: “The Nouakchott Summit resulted in the minimum level of what is required by joint Arab action, and did not produce decisions that can immediately be implemented in regard to critical issues, to settle this or that crisis. The crises sweeping the Arab nation cannot be solved by one summit. And this is not due to impotence or shortcomings, rather to the fact that these crises are no longer purely Arab, and have become international as a result of their extensions and branches. This is a reality. The crisis in Syria can no longer be solved by the Arabs, just like the situation in Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Lebanon. But the Arab summits remain a necessity, as they witness Arab consensus within a specific time-frame, which is an accomplishment in itself… (Read More)
Politics
“An American conference to resettle the displaced”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Refugees - USA EU
On July 27, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Wafik Kanso: “…All the international approaches regarding the issue of the displaced Syrians lead to merging them in the host countries including Lebanon. The latest of these approaches is an American initiative that will be launched on the upcoming September 20 during a conference dedicated to the refugees that will be held by President Obama and other leaders on the margins of the meeting of the UN’s General Assembly in New York… (Read More)
Morocco
Opinion
“Moroccan return to Africa with a regional ambition”  (Al-Khaleej, United Arab Emirates)   
Arab Diplomacy
On July 27, the independent Al-Khaleej daily newspaper carried the following piece by Faisal Jalloul: “Three decades ago, the late Moroccan Monarch, Hassan II, decided to pull out from the Organization of African Unity knowing that his country had served to found this organization in 1963. The only justification for this pullout consisted of the fact that this organization almost unanimously endorsed the membership of the Polisario. Thus, Al-Rabat could no longer remain a member in that organization that called for partitioning the Moroccan lands. Indeed, the Kingdom considers the Western Sahara as a Moroccan land while the Polosario Front is a separatist movement… (Read More)
Palestine
Politics
“Fatah, Hamas supporters circumvent “elections law” and resort to “new media”...”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On July 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Gaza: “In a sign reflecting the size and intensity of the battle between Fatah and Hamas to achieve the best results in the municipal elections that should be held in October, militants and field officials from both movements launched “electoral campaigns” before the date set by the law, using social media to circumvent any “legal violation.” Hence, during the last few days, and ever since Hamas confirmed its participation in the elections which will be held for the first time between the two rival sides (Fatah and Hamas) since the eruption of political division in mid-2007, militants from both sides have resorted to social media to promote the electoral lists that ought to be announced next month. And each team widely carried posters, pictures and slogans, urging the voters to elect its candidates before even revealing their names and electoral programs… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
Opinion
“Gen. Eshky does not represent himself”  (Website, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On July 26, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily newspaper carried the following piece by Fayez Abou Shamaleh: “Gen. Anwar Eshky represents a bold Arab state of trust and rapprochement with Israel in addition to cooperating with it in all sectors without any shame vis-à-vis the bleeding Arab history without any consideration for the squandered Arab and Palestinian rights… (Read More)
Turkey
Politics
“Leader in Justice and Development [Party] talks to Al-Mesryoon...”  (Al-Mesryoon, Egypt)
Democracy and Party Politics - Military Defense
On July 27, the independent Al-Mesryoon newspaper carried the following interview with prominent member in the Turkish Justice and Development Party Engineer Firshat Yildirim [name transliterated, could not be found], by its correspondent Abdul Rahman Galal… (Read More)
United States
Opinion
“On Donald Trump’s increasing chances of victory”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Democracy and Party Politics - USA EU
On July 27, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following lead editorial: “Two new opinion polls that came out on Monday showed that Republican presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump was ahead of Hillary Clinton, who is expected to win the Democratic Party nomination. The first poll, which was conducted by CNN and ORC International, revealed a three-point difference, rising to five in a four-way matchup, knowing that Clinton had a 7-point lead on Trump prior to the last Republican Party Convention. Both polls, which were conducted between July 22 and 24, showed an improvement in Trump’s results since September of last year. And this was linked to the performance of his wife and four children during the conference in which he accepted his nomination for president by his party… (Read More)
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