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Forget the trivia, here’s what really mattered in Jeddah

  • And so US President Joe Biden concludes his visit to Jeddah. As Air Force One took off and began to vanish over the horizon, so did long weeks of unprecedented speculation, cynicism and second guessing. It was regrettable to see how what should have been serious discussion of this important v...
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Biden’s Saudi visit is a return to the norm, not a ‘reorientation’

  • US President Biden Joe Biden arrives in Saudi Arabia this week at the invitation of King Salman. In Jeddah on Friday he will meet the king and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and attend an extraordinary meeting of the six GCC states plus Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. While it is obvious here in t...
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What do Saudis want from Biden’s visit?

  • So the wheels are finally in motion! After nearly a year and a half when the Saudi-US relationship reached what could be described as rock bottom, Joe Biden — who in the heat of his election campaign pledged to turn the Kingdom into a “pariah” — is making a state visit in response to an invitat...
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Lebanon’s government is playing the wrong game show

  • After Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Lebanon, some suggested that the Kingdom had been over-sensitive to mere words. Nothing could be farther from the truth. As the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan observed, statements by the Lebanese Information Minister George Kord...
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Jordan’s stability is vital, and King Abdullah is its biggest guarantor

  • Last week, Jordan celebrated the centennial of its establishment. Despite watered-down ceremonies due to the pandemic — and despite a recent rift within the Hashemite Royal Court — Jordan has every right to celebrate and be proud. Indeed, marking 100 years is a notable accomplishment for a co...
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2021: Things can only get better

  • We are less than a week into 2021, but if what has happened so far is an indicator of things to come (and I hope it is) we are in for a good year. The impressive rollout of the coronavirus vaccines, regardless of the maker, shows what humanity can achieve when we decide to collaborate for the...
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So, what do Arabs want from the next US president?

  • With a few days to go until the US votes in its new president, the atmosphere is tense and the air — both in America and here in the Middle East — is so thick with expectation and desperation that you can almost cut it with a knife. Deciding America’s future is obviously a matter for Americans...
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France’s push against ‘Islamist separatism’ should be supported

  • This grab taken from a video obtained by AFP shows French police detaining an alleged suspect after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in Paris on September 25, 2020. (AFP) Fren...
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Enough process, what we need is peace

  • The best analysis of why the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is so dysfunctional is that it has always been plagued by too much process, not enough peace. If anything is to be learned from the UAE and Bahrain’s normalization of ties with Israel, it is that peace can happen quickly and the pro...
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Yes, oui can: Why Arab News is launching in French

  • “I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams ... What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” Heard by someone coming from our part of the world, those words can e...
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