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Faisal J. Abbas

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

Twitter: @FaisalJAbbas

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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

Manchester attack: an act of "sick cowardice" indeed!

There are perhaps no words to better describe the despicable terrorist attack on the concert for youngsters in Manchester, England, than those used by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who labeled it an act of “sickening cowardice.”

May 24, 2017

Trump’s visit: An opportunity that must not be wasted

What is about to occur in Riyadh is unprecedented on so many fronts, not just because a US president has never before made an Arab or Muslim country his first foreign destination, but because of what Donald Trump’s visit means in terms of a genuine opportunity.

May 19, 2017

Trump’s Saudi visit will mark the real ‘new beginning’

It is very rare in international affairs for the stars to be perfectly aligned the way they are today when it comes to Saudi-US relations; and this is not only good on a bilateral level, but on a regional and global level too.

May 05, 2017

Gap in understanding means that fake news thrives

Is it a surprise that there is a lack of knowledge about the Arab world in the US? Perhaps not, but just how pronounced this awareness gap is — as revealed by a recent Arab News/YouGov poll — does indeed come as a shock.

May 02, 2017

The significance of the Trump-Mohammed bin Salman meeting

“Patience is a virtue,” according to an ancient piece of wisdom. There is no doubt that for the eight long years of Barack Obama’s presidency, Riyadh’s patience was tested to the max by an administration that seemed — intentionally or not — adamant on punishing allies and rewarding foes.

March 16, 2017

Davos ’17 summarized? The world is upside down!

Didn’t get a chance to follow or attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) this year? Here is a summary, but please don’t think I am pulling your leg; everything mentioned below is true.

January 22, 2017

A dove in Davos? Calling Zarif’s bluffs

One has to give it to Jawad Zarif. Not only can Iran’s chief diplomat bluff, but — as attendees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting found out — he can do it while keeping a straight face.

January 19, 2017