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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
22-Sep-2017
Egypt
Politics
“Democratic Current parties open fire on Es-Sisi”  (Al-Mesryoon, Egypt)
Arab Diplomacy - Democracy and Party Politics
On September 21, the independent Al-Mesryoon newspaper carried the following report by Hassan Ashour: “Political parties, mainly affiliated with the Nasseri Movement, launched a fierce attack on President Abdul Fattah es-Sisi’s address during the United Nations General Assembly sessions on Tuesday. Hence, the Constitution, Dignity, Freedom Egypt and Socialist Popular Alliance parties said that Es-Sisi’s speech featured a concession of the Palestinian, Egyptian and Arab rights, and a major attempt to ensure greater normalization with Israel. Hence, in a joint statement with the Democratic Current, which includes the latter parties, Head of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party Medhat az-Zahed said today: “Es-Sisi’s speech was linked to regional arrangements that are currently underway to relinquish the Palestinian, Egyptian and Arab rights… (Read More)
Iran
Opinion
“Trump succumbs to Netanyahu’s dictations…”  (Website, Middle East)
United Nations - USA EU
On September 20, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following piece by Abdul Bari Atwan: “Anyone who listened to the speech of US President Donald Trump at the UN’s General Assembly yesterday would come up with two main impressions: first, the speech's complete matching of that of his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu; and second, the fact that he is sounding the drums of war against Iran… Trump’s pulling away from the nuclear agreement, which is expected to take place by mid-October, where he will be speaking at the congress…, will lead to the return of the sanctions and economic siege imposed on Iran. This could push the Iranian government to launch an immediate continuation of uranium enrichment at very high rates thus enabling it to produce nuclear heads… (Read More)
Iraq
Politics
“Sunni-Shi’i consensus over rejection of Kurdistan referendum...”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Democracy and Party Politics
On September 22, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Baghdad by its correspondent Mashrek Raysan: “Yesterday on Thursday, the foreign ministers of Iraq, Turkey and Iran reiterated their governments’ rejection of the Kurdistan Province referendum that should be held on September 25, indicating it was “unconstitutional” and will cause conflicts that will be hard to contain in the region... For its part, the United States escalated its tone towards the Iraqi Kurdistan Province, thus announcing yesterday that the referendum will jeopardize Kurdistan’s regional commercial ties and international aid, and stressing that the referendum was currently “unnecessary”... In the meantime, Iraqi President of the Republic Fuad Masum failed to convince the political sides in Baghdad to adopt his initiative, which aims to appease the tensions between Baghdad and Erbil… (Read More)
Jordan
Opinion
“Jordanian openness to Syria, Iraq…”  (Website, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy
On September 20, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following editorial: “The return of the official Syrian control over the Nasib passageway on the borders with Jordan thanks to an agreement were Russia played a major role resulted in the Syrian authorities’ releasing one hundred fighters from the Free Syrian Army. This not only constitutes an important détente at the level of the Syrian-Jordanian relations, but also the return of the main source of income for both countries as well as Lebanon and Turkey… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“Imad al-Hout to En-Nashra: Washington counting on shaken Arab situation to ensure naturalization...”  (Website, Middle East)
Democracy and Party Politics - USA EU
On September 22, the Lebanese privately-owned En-Nashra news website carried the following exclusive report: “Islamic Group Deputy Imad al-Hout considered that the “American plan to naturalize the refugees, which was recently addressed by President Donald Trump during the United Nations General Assembly meetings, is not new. Indeed, it is the same course that has been adopted by the US Administration for many years.” He continued: “But while this course has always been obstructed by Arab cohesion, Washington is now counting on the shaken Arab situation to implement it. However, its plan will fail again.” In statements to En-Nashra, Al-Hout insisted: “International Law does not allow the imposition of naturalization on specific people or states, especially if this state, like Lebanon, completely rejects it... Likewise, it cannot be implemented in Jordan, where naturalization will mean the country’s end… (Read More)
“Was Nasrallah’s bodyguard liquidated over information on Al-Hariri’s assassination?”  (Al-Jarida, Kuwait)
United Nations
On September 21, the independent Al-Jarida newspaper carried the following report: “Al-Jarida has learned from a knowledgeable source that Musa Muhammad Wehbi, a.k.a. Abu Ali, who was one of the officials in the security detail and close bodyguards of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, and who passed away last week, was killed in an internal liquidation operation, seeing as how he held important information about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. The source continued that Wehbi’s liquidation was similar to the assassination of leader in Hezbollah Mustafa Badreddin, who was wanted by the Special Tribunal that is looking into Al-Hariri’s assassination, before the tribunal announced in July that it had stopped pursuing him after his death was confirmed. The source thus wondered: “Who will come next after Wehbi?… (Read More)
“Hezbollah: Resistance’s weapons a guarantee against settlement”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)
Peace Process - Refugees - USA EU
On September 21, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report: “Since the birth of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon in 1982…, it had been said that Hezbollah’s and the Resistance’s weapons were born to fight Israel, liberate Jerusalem, prevent the settlement, and to reject the reconciliation, acknowledgment and negotiations with the enemy. These slogans that constituted the basis for Hezbollah also constituted a headline for the Islamic Revolution in Iran… (Read More)
Palestine
Politics
“Abu Marzouk to Hayat: Resistance’s arms not for discussion, willing to share war and peace responsibility”  (Al-Hayat, United Kingdom)   
Arab Diplomacy
On September 22, the Saudi-owned London-based Al-Hayat newspaper carried the following report from Moscow by its correspondent Ra’ed Jabr: “Hamas Deputy Politburo Chief Musa Abu Marzouk said he had detected a Russian enthusiasm to play a more active role at the level of the reconciliation file… Abu Marzouk and a delegation from Hamas are visiting Moscow, where they have met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov. In an interview with Al-Hayat, Abu Marzouk said he had informed the Russian side about the developments and measures taken by the movement to ensure national reconciliation, and that he had detected support and enthusiasm by Moscow to play a more active role in the coming dialogues… (Read More)
Qatar
Opinion
“Shame of tyranny and normalization with Israel haunts besieging states”  (Al-Raya, Qatar)
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On September 22, the Qatari Ar-Raya newspaper carried the following report from Doha: “The recent developments and the noticeable secret and public rapprochement between the besieging states and the Israeli occupation during the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York, revealed that the siege imposed on Qatar is just one of the gates of hastened normalization between the besieging states and the Israeli entity… Indeed, experts and observers assured that the full normalization plan with Israel was clearly seen when Egyptian President Abdul Fattah es-Sisi addressed the Israeli public with an improvised speech before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, saying: “We are about to witness a major leap, and there is an opportunity to write a new page in history with a peace process that would ensure security and peace for the Palestinian citizens, alongside the Israeli citizens… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
Politics
“Saudi Arabia starts heading towards secularism”  (Al-Sharq, Qatar)   
Religion
On September 21, the Al-Sharq daily carried the following report: “Well-informed sources revealed that the Saudi Shura Council will be voting this coming Monday on merging the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The sources said that the individuals who recommended this merger, Ata al-Sebeiti, Latifa Shaalan, and Ali al-Tamimi, clang to their recommendation despite the attempts of the Islamic and Judicial Affairs committee to dissuade them… (Read More)
Syria
Politics
“The black gold in the Syrian east”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)   
Energy
On September 21, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Ayham Merhi: “The military operations are proceeding in Der az-Zor on the part of the Syrian army on one hand and the International Alliance on the other hand against the ISIL organization. In addition to the field dimension, the ongoing battles highlight the issue of the conflict over the oil and gas fields knowing that Der az-Zor produces 40 percent of the total country’s products. The army is engaged in battles near the Koniko gas plant with the aim of controlling the plant and reaching the two fields of Al-Tanak and Al-Omar as well as the rest of the oil and gas fields at the northeastern suburbs of Der az-Zor… (Read More)
“The North Syria Federation elections to take place under US-Russian surveillance, Turkish crowds”  (Asharq al-Awsat, United Kingdom)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On September 21, the Saudi-owned, London-based Asharq al-Awsat daily carried the following report: “Tomorrow, the first tangible steps will be launched for establishing the North Syria Federation through small units elections, to be followed by steps that will lead to establishing a parliament and an executive body (a government) by early next year with the aim of running three cantons and six provinces… (Read More)
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