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While there is a broad range of Arabic and Persian language media outlets reporting stories from and about the Middle East, there is currently no affordable and reliable means for English speakers to gain access to this content. As a result, many 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 menu of translations 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.

“Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon between them”  (Newspaper, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy
On November 22, the Egyptian Shorouk newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Chief Editor Imad Eddin Hussein: “This week, I met with many Arab ambassadors and diplomats, as well as Egyptian officials, and the common denominator between them was the Lebanese file, Prime Minister Sa’d al-Hariri’s resignation from Saudi Arabia, the controversy surrounding the shape and content of that resignation, the French intervention, the German criticisms to the Kingdom, Al-Hariri’s trip to Paris and then to Cairo, and his subsequent return to Beirut where he partially recanted his resignation... During that time, Egypt was in an unenviable position, as it did not wish to anger Saudi Arabia, the important Arab state with which we share strategic and ramified relations in many areas, but still “contain the Saudi rush” towards escalation with Lebanon, as the consequences and repercussions of such escalation remain unknown… (Read More)
“Es-Sisi besieges possible opponents in presidential elections…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
On November 24, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Cairo by its correspondent Tamer Hindawi: “As the Egyptian presidential elections set for April grow closer, the Egyptian regime seems to be besieging the likely contenders, whether with lawsuits that might prevent some of them from running, with attempts to dismantle the parties to which they belong, or with slander campaigns that have affected others. So far, only one candidate, Khaled Ali, has announced his intention to run in the coming elections in the face of President Abdul Fattah es-Sisi. However, he is still facing an unknown fate, in light of the lawsuit filed against the backdrop of his “obscene gesture” upon the issuance of an administrative court ruling, nullifying the border demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, known in the media as the “Tiran and Sanafir Islands” deal…… (Read More)
“Iran and the lie of supporting the resistance”  (Al-Khaleej, United Arab Emirates)
Military and Defense
On November 24, Al-Khaleej newspaper carried the following lead editorial: “Iran is insisting on fuelling the situation in the region with further tensions and conflicts, by clearly proclaiming its support of the armed militias in a number of Arab countries under the fake slogan of “resistance,” which is seen in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. In reality, these militias are Iran’s arms, implementing its expansionist plans, and keeping the Arab region ablaze…, to allow it to interfere in the region’s affairs, and undermine its stability and peace. At this level, the statements delivered yesterday by General Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Mohammad Ali Jafari confirmed Iran’s belittling and disregarding of the position opposed to its interferences in the region, which was announced by the Arab foreign ministers on Sunday during their meeting at the Arab League headquarters… (Read More)
“Bin Salman’s coup won’t go by”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy - Democracy and Party Politics
On November 24, Hassan Olleik wrote the following piece in the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper: “Mohammad Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince, can be listed at the Guinness book of records. On November 4, 2017, he carried out the largest “princes’ carnage” ever seen in the world since the first month of 1595 when Sultan Mohammad III ascended to the throne of the Ottoman State and murdered 19 princes including brothers and half-brothers of his and their sons. And for the first time, perhaps in history, the prime minister of an independent state has been kidnapped by another state and forced to resign. For the first time as well, a war prince has locked one of his allies and demanded that his enemies pay a ransom for his release. For the first time, a war prince shot and nearly killed one of his generals and then pushed him to confront his most vicious enemies and ordered him to win… (Read More)
“…Dialogue and contacts pave way before settlement, resolution of disputes”  (Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon)   
Democracy and Party Politics - United Nations - USA EU
On November 24, the mouthpiece of the Future Movement, Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, carried the following report by Thuraya Shahin: “Widely knowledgeable diplomatic sources highlighted three points in the statement issued by the extraordinary meeting of the Arab foreign ministers, thus pointing to the fact that the Arabs’ position towards Hezbollah was not new but was escalating, to the novelty of the Arab condemnation of the party as a partner in the Lebanese government, and to the summoning of the right to self-defence as per Article 51 of the United Nations Charter… For their part, political sources believed that the expected scenario following the suspension of the resignation will feature the launching of comprehensive dialogue between all parties to reach a settlement over the issues of dispute, and open a new page at the level of the Lebanese situation… (Read More)
“Hamas representative in Lebanon to Ad-Diyyar: Hezbollah is a resistance movement”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy - Democracy and Party Politics
On November 24, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report: “The Palestinian camps are still the point of focus since the regional players, specifically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are working on creating security spaces against Hezbollah. The pieces of information that became available to Lebanon more than ten days ago indicate that the country might be the target of conspiracies staged by some parties, primarily Saudi Arabia and second Tel Aviv. For this reason, there have been attempts at toying with the security of the camps… (Read More)
Middle East
“What is the imminent surprise that the Kuwaiti mediator is talking about…?”  (Website, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On November 24, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following editorial: “The media people who are close to the Kuwaiti leadership have stirred, in the past two days, waves of optimism regarding a possible imminent détente at the level of the Gulf crisis. However, they did not support this optimism with any tangible pieces of information in this regard, perhaps out of keenness for preserving their country’s mediation as they are well aware of the different conflicting parties’ sensitivity when it comes to the media leaks… (Read More)
“Iran rejects a Saudi offer: There will be no dialogue in retail”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)   
Arab Diplomacy
On November 24, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Hamza al-Khansa: “…When he made his request to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, during the meeting between the two of them in Moscow on October 4, the Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, did not expect that Tehran will refuse an offer for launching a dialogue with Al-Riyadh. The king had ruled this possibility out based on two facts: First, the fact that the Iranian side had always proposed, either secretly or openly, to conduct a dialogue with the Saudis who have always refused any rapprochement with the “Persians” especially at this phase; and second, the fact that the mediator carefully selected by the king is Iran’s most trusted ally, and one that is fighting many diplomatic and military wars by its side… (Read More)
“The Cairo dialogues: The mountain went into labor and delivered a statement”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On November 24, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report by Hani Ibrahim: “…Forty eight hours only. That was the time devoted to discuss five heavy files on the table of the Palestinian dialogue in Cairo: Activating the PLO, conducting the elections, forming a cabinet of national unity, dealing with the security file, in addition to the file of the societal reconciliation… (Read More)
“Qatar bribes Aoun with 75 million to oppose KSA”  (Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia)
Arab Diplomacy - Corruption
On November 23, the pro-Saudi monarchy Al-Watan daily carried the following report: “A source revealed that a major Qatari financial aid has reached the Lebanese Hezbollah, indirectly, via its allies in Lebanon and some associations and camps on the Lebanese arena. The source added that the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, received, two weeks ago at the presidential palace, a massive financial aid the value of which amounts to 75.2 million riyals, i.e. 20 million dollars, as a deal whereby which, his actions are to match Qatar’s policies in addition to him opposing the Saudi foreign politics and igniting the Sunni arena in Lebanon… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
“Washington is draining Al-Riyadh!”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy - Military and Defense - USA EU
On November 23, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following piece by Lokman Abdullah: “The US President, Donald Trump, has increased the blackmailing and exploitation of Saudi Arabia. In return, the Saudi leadership has completely thrown itself in the American lap as its Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, needed to obtain the American approval for smashing the norms and ruling traditions of the ruling House of Al-Saud, with the aim of accessing the throne; and also because Al-Riyadh sensed the increased external threats and the fact that the noose around its neck is getting tighter… (Read More)
“The post-ISIL and pre-Geneva and Sochi summit”  (Al-Watan Syria, Syria)
Military and Defense - Peace Process
On November 22, the government-owned Al-Watan newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Chief Editor Waddah Abed Rabbo: “More than two years ago, a summit was held between President Bashar al-Assad and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to draw up the course of war on terrorism, and determine the plans, priorities and mechanisms to coordinate the efforts of the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliances and the supporting forces to defeat and expel terrorism from Syrian soil… And yesterday, the Sochi summit once again brought President Al-Assad and President Putin together, a few hours after the announcement of the liberation of Syria’s cities and towns from ISIL, and the organization’s defeat in its last stronghold in Abu Kamal. This pointed to the victory of the Russian-Syrian-Iranian alliance…, and exposed the US coalition that includes 60 states, and turned out to be supporting the terrorist group, helping it escape, and providing it with assistance… (Read More)
“Saudis and Arab residents gradually leave the Kingdom and head to Turkey with their money”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Financial Markets
On November 24, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Istanbul by its correspondent Ismail Jamal: “During the last few weeks, Turkey witnessed the arrival of many Saudi businessmen and Arab residents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, attempting to transfer their money from the Kingdom that has been going through unprecedented political and economic transformations, which generated fear of the future among them. Hence, at the central immigration office in the Turkish city of Istanbul, which is in charge of giving residency papers to foreigners, one could detect a noticeable increase in the number of Saudi citizens and Arab residents in the Kingdom, seeking residency in Turkey as soon as possible. The same could also be detected in the Turkish banks located in central parts of Istanbul… (Read More)
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