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Faisal J. Abbas

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

Twitter: @FaisalJAbbas

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What stronger Saudi-Russian ties signify — and what they do not

There has been way too much speculation about the ongoing state visit by King Salman to Russia. Understandably, the Syrian dossier has raised the most questions, given that Moscow and Riyadh support opposing sides in the conflict.

October 06, 2017

Women driving: A huge leap forward for Saudi Arabia

The royal decree to finally allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia will definitely be remembered as a landmark, positive moment in the Kingdom’s history.

September 27, 2017

Al-Aqsa crisis is Tillerson’s first real Mideast test

The stars were perfectly aligned for Rex Tillerson.

July 23, 2017

The US-Qatar MoU will need close observation

The US-Qatar MoU on combatting terrorism and its financing, which was announced on Tuesday during the visit by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Doha, is an important development. 

July 11, 2017

Al Jazeera cannot whitewash its ‘terror network’ past

To set the record straight, I do not think any journalist should call for the closure of a media organization. But we must not accept that objecting to, and seeking to limit, terrorist propaganda is falsely portrayed as a crackdown on professional journalism.

July 06, 2017

Much like Doha, Qatari media is proving to be ‘full of gas’!

The rising tension in the Gulf is only matched by an incredible surge in fake news. Take the recent false story of the 15-year jail term and $135,000 fine for anyone seen wearing a Qatar Airways-sponsored FC Barcelona jersey.

June 12, 2017

There are lies, damned lies and Qatari statements

The severing of diplomatic ties with Doha by a number of Arab and Muslim countries — most notably fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE — is not something that should be taken lightly; nor should it be assumed that such a tough measure was sudden or came

June 05, 2017