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Faisal J. Abbas

Faisal J. Abbas is the editor in chief of Arab News

Twitter: @FaisalJAbbas

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BeIN Sports suffers from Al Jazeera syndrome

What business does a TV sports channel have with the Palestinian cause or the boycott of Qatar? The answer is, none whatsoever. 

June 18, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian peace remote, but still possible

Seven decades is a long time for a wound to remain open. This is the least that can be said about the Palestinian “Nakba” (Arabic for “catastrophe”) — the 70th anniversary of which falls today. 

May 15, 2018

Disneyland in Saudi Arabia?

If the definition of a magic kingdom is a place where anything can happen, then it certainly applies to the new Saudi Arabia — a country undergoing unprecedented change driven by an ambitious reform plan called Vision 2030.

April 29, 2018

Mission not yet accomplished… but a step in the right direction

Better late than never, they say. That dictum certainly applies to justice — and to the price the Assad regime must pay for crimes against its own people. 

April 15, 2018

Now is the time to hit Assad hard, not withdraw

US President Donald Trump has made it clear that, with Daesh defeated, he wants to end the US military presence in Syria and bring his soldiers home. The horrific chemical gas attack on Douma is an indication of how important it is that, rather than withdraw, America re-engage in Syria.

April 08, 2018

#WhatChanged

Confusion, lack of confidence and irrational decisions are usually symptoms of a midlife crisis. And a newspaper celebrating a redesign or a relaunch has long been a thing of the past, suitable only for history books and museums.

April 04, 2018

Houthis can no longer get away with playing the victim

Yet again, the Houthi militias aimed their missiles at Riyadh; and yet again, their cowardly attack, aimed deliberately at seven million civilians, was successfully intercepted by Saudi air defense forces. 

March 26, 2018

MBS, Trump and ‘The Art of the Deal’

It might have been an unusually cold, rainy afternoon in Washington, but inside the White House a very warm meeting took place between President Donald J. Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

March 21, 2018

Why Tillerson wasn’t the secretary of state Trump needed 

President Trump’s decision to let Rex Tillerson go came as no surprise to anyone; in fact, perhaps the only surprise was that the decision took this long. 

March 14, 2018