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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.

Mideastwire.com aims to close this gap by offering a daily email newsletter of concise, translated briefs covering some of the key political, cultural, economic and opinion pieces appearing in the media of the 22 Arab countries, Iran and the Arab Diaspora. Through this effort, we hope to address at least one element of a global disconnect that continues to threaten a wide spectrum of socio-political and economic relationships, both here in the region and beyond.
“Saadani’s fall: The price of being an outsider”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Military Defense
On October 25, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following opinion piece by Algerian writer Toufik Rabahi: “In Algeria, Secretary General of the National Liberation Front (falsely called the ruling party) Amar Saadani resigned two weeks after he issued fiery and irresponsible statements against a number of state and military men... This resignation was awaited and necessary, amid reports saying it has been ready since October 6, i.e. one day after the issuance of the “vulgar” statements. Saadani’s fall marks the end of a chapter in a play imposed on the Algerians. Indeed, President Bouteflika wanted to get rid of Intelligence Chief General Mohamed Mediene, a.k.a. General Toufik, years ago. So, he clipped his wings bit by bit until he was no longer able to move. Then Saadani issued dangerous statements to humiliate him, some of which questioned his personality and others his competence… (Read More)
“The Egyptian position: between ambiguity and duplicity!”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy - USA EU
On October 25, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following piece by Thuraya Assi: “The available pieces of news indicate that an ongoing cooperation is taking place between Egypt, Spain, and New Zealand in order to prepare a draft resolution that the three countries are planning on presenting at the International Security Council around Syria with the aim of suggesting solutions that these countries have agreed upon regarding the humanitarian situation in Aleppo… (Read More)
“Aounist reassurances to Cairo: openness to the Sunnis and the Arabs”  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy
On October 25, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report: “Egypt views its upcoming role in Lebanon in the context of its larger role in the region… This is not strange for Egypt as it considers that Lebanon constitutes part of the Egyptian national security; and whenever Lebanon is sound, this will reflect into soundness at the level of the Egyptian body. For this reason, Lebanon’s stability is vital for Cairo; and the latter acted in the past few weeks on the level of fixing the Lebanese crisis starting from the presidency gate… (Read More)
“On the announcement of Iran’s upcoming victory in Mosul and Aleppo”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Military Defense
On October 25, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following lead editorial: “Arab journalists close to Iran have been repeating in the last two months that Mosul’s fall at the hands of Popular Mobilization militias supported by the American Air Force (in the context of the International Coalition Against the Islamic State Organization), and Aleppo’s fall at the hands of the Syrian regime’s army and the Lebanese and Iraqi militias loyal to it with the support of the Russian Air Force and rockets, will serve Iran. This statement draws its credibility from Iran’s wide control over the Iraqi scene, and Tehran’s recent sponsorship of reconciliations between the Shi’i powers, starting with a meeting between the highly popular leader Muqtada as-Sadr and the commanders of the Popular Mobilization militias, followed by preparations for another meeting between As-Sadr and his archenemy Nouri al-Maliki… (Read More)
“The Kirkuk invasion exposes the American choices”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Military Defense
On October 25, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Houssam Mahmoud: “The latest Kirkuk invasion revealed the erroneous nature of the American choices imposed at the level of the Iraqi field as it clearly appeared that there are other areas that should have been restored before heading to the north. Until yesterday, the (Kurdish) security forces and “Asayish” forces were still chasing the remaining perpetrators of the ISIL attack on the oil producing city of Kirkuk knowing that Baghdad and Irbil are competing over this city especially since it represents the “heart of Kurdistan” as per the Kurdish description… (Read More)
“Saleh Muslim to As-Safir: Kurdistan ruler, a deviation from the Kurdish desire”  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Military Defense
On October 25, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following interview with the co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party, Saleh Muslim: “…Q. Where are the current Northern Syrian battles heading to, specifically the clash with Turkey and the opposition forces fighting for it [Turkey]?… (Read More)
“Lieberman…: If there is an upcoming war with Gaza, it will be a destructive and final one”  (Al-Quds, Palestine)
Military Defense - Peace Process
On October 24, the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper carried in its paper edition the following interview with Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman… (Read More)
“Kuwait: Egyptian-Gulf disputes only in the media”  (Al-Jarida, Kuwait)
Arab Diplomacy
On October 25, the independent Al-Jarida newspaper carried the following report by its correspondent Nasser al-Maneh: “Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah denied the existence of a crisis between Egypt and some GCC states, indicating that what was being said about the altering of the Gulf policies towards Egypt was “media talk, as we are constantly supporting our brothers there.” In statements following the inauguration of the sixth meeting of the group fighting the funding of ISIL yesterday, Al-Jarallah assured that Egyptian-Gulf relations were strong and deep, and that the GCC states will not change this approach to preserve Egypt’s security and stability, and strengthen its economy. Regarding terrorism, he stressed that Kuwait has undertaken many measures to dry up its sources of funding, but that “a lot of work” was still required to contain the funding of terrorist groups, particularly ISIL… (Read More)
“US ambassador: No president subjected to Hezbollah”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)   
Democracy and Party Politics - USA EU
On October 25, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report by Michel Nasr: “Despite all the positive political atmospheres reigning over the Lebanese arena and indicating the near conclusion of the presidential elections…, it seems that the image is not so rosy or clear but rather greatly foggy. Although the Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, clearly said that [the Party] will be voting for Aoun, many obstacles are still standing in the way of Gen. Aoun’s access to the Baabda Palace according to concerned sources that indicated at a private meeting that some essential and serious doubts are hovering over some parties’ positions indicating that something is secretly being cooked with the aim of turning the table over at the last minute… (Read More)
“7 conditions render Aoun, Hariri suspended presidents”  (Liwaa, Lebanon)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On October 25, Al-Liwaa newspaper carried the following report by Manal Zuaiter: “Hezbollah has performed its obligation and led Head of the Change and Reform Bloc General Michel Aoun to the presidency of the republic, whether he is elected in the October 31 session or a subsequent one. In that same context, Hezbollah will also commit to the trade-off, so to speak, and facilitate the consultations to assign Prime Minister Sa’d al-Hariri to form the first government of the new era. But from then on, the equation will change. Indeed, Hezbollah that is loyal to its allies will respect its presidential and governmental commitments, even if at Parliament Speaker Nabih Birri’s expense at some point. But Hezbollah does not have to facilitate Al-Hariri’s task. In other words, as per a knowledgeable source in March 8, the formation of the next government will not go by without reassuring Speaker Birri… (Read More)
Middle East
“Wretched times”  (Al-Jarida, Kuwait)
Arab Diplomacy
On October 24, the independent Al-Jarida newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Saleh al-Qallab: “In not so distant previous years, the Arabs’ division was a reflection of the existence of two global camps, a Western imperialistic camp and an Eastern progressive camp. So, the “reactionary” states considered themselves and were considered by others to be affiliated with the Western camp, while the states of the military coups which viewed themselves as liberalists and progressive were considered to be affiliated with the Eastern (Socialist) camp, which continued to be led by the Soviet Union until its collapse. So, the “progressive” and “reactionary” Arabs were in a state of conflict, which reached the point of actual infighting, as seen in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and those who supported it such as Jordan, and Egypt (The United Arab Republic) and those who supported it such as Syria… (Read More)
“What will come following the collapse of the Aleppo, Sanaa truces…?”  (Website, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On October 24, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily newspaper carried the following report by Abdul Bari Atwan: “Yesterday, two truces collapsed: one in Aleppo and one in Sanaa… The compass is lost and the Arab people no longer know the map of alliances and the many parties involved in them due to the severe complications, intersections, and fluctuations. The collapse of the truce in Yemen means that the Saudi-led Arab alliance will proceed with its raids… (Read More)
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