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While there are now more than 500 Arabic and Persian language news outlets reporting stories from and about the Middle East, there is currently no affordable means for English speakers to gain access to much of this content. As a result, the overwhelming majority of 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 email newsletter of concise, translated briefs 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.
“Iran’s escalating concerns in Iraq”  (Al-Khaleej, United Arab Emirates)   
Military Defense - Unrest
On October 21, the independent Al-Khaleej daily newspaper carried the following piece by Mohammad Al-Said Idriss: “Day after day, the situation in Iraq is growing more complicated for Iran. What Tehran used to consider as an arena of ultimate Iranian authority is now facing major challenges. The situation is experiencing many changes in light of the violent internal clashes not only between the Kurdish component represented by the party and cabinet of Massoud Barazani and the central government in Baghdad…but also between the Sunni component, the Shi’i component, and the central Baghdad cabinet… (Read More)
Interview with Iraqi foreign minister  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Arab Diplomacy - Military Defense - USA EU
On October 21, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report: “He had a rich political life outside Iraq and then returned to become the first head of the transitional ruling council following Baghdad’s fall all the way to heading the Iraqi cabinet. He then became foreign minister in September 2014 and is still holding this post… Below is the interview that he had [with As-Safir]… (Read More)
“What did the chief of the Israeli military intelligence services mean by his last statements on the war?”  (Al-Watan Syria, Syria)
Military Defense
On October 20, the pro-Syrian regime Al-Watan daily newspaper carried the following piece by Tahsin al-Halabi: “Israel's military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, said two days ago that “a sudden war targeting Israel similar to the October 1973 war might take place again. Thus, we all doing everything we can to prevent the reiteration of such a war.” Halevy was addressing a number of military figure as well as Minister Naftali Benett… (Read More)
“The mystery of Parliament’s dissolution during its vacation”  (Al-Jarida, Kuwait)
Democracy and Party Politics
On October 20, the independent Al-Jarida newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Abdul Mohsen Jomaa: “Since the announcement of the dissolution of the 2013 National Assembly on Sunday, I started looking into the reasons behind such dissolution, but was not convinced by any of them. So, I reviewed the developments witnessed on the Kuwaiti scene, to see what prompted the government’s sudden meeting to present the dissolution decree to His Highness the Prince in such a dramatic way, but could not find one good reason for it. What is odd is that former National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim appeared on a television channel a few hours prior to the dissolution to mention its causes, which were almost exactly repeated in the governmental decree. Then, Parliament was disbanded and its speaker happily posed for pictures with the council’s General Secretariat employees before leaving the building… (Read More)
“Expected settlements following Al-Hariri’s initiative…”  (Al-Mustaqbal, Lebanon)
Democracy and Party Politics
On October 21, the Future movement owned Al-Mustaqbal daily newspaper carried the following report by Thuraya Chahine: “Between a persistent void at the presidency or the possibility that Gen. Michel Aoun accesses power, prominent political sources indicated that the second option can be selected since this will relieve the country and provide the opportunity to revive the institutions and economy. The sources indicated that Gen. Aoun’s access to power via parties other than his allies will lead to a real momentum and secure a balance with the presence of a strong prime minister. Meanwhile, the two will be coordinating efforts with the speaker, who constitutes the architect of the minute balances and the national understandings… (Read More)
“Al-Hariri endorses Hezbollah’s candidate”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Democracy and Party Politics
On October 21, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “It wasn’t easy for [former] PM Sa’d al-Hariri to announce the nomination of Gen. Michel Aoun for president amidst the dismay and anger of his supporters and the objections of no less than ten of his bloc’s members including [former] PM Fouad Siniora and Vice Speaker, Farid Makari… (Read More)
“Which of the two governments will Benkirane head?”  (Website, Middle East)
Democracy and Party Politics
On October 20, the independent Moroccan Lakome news website carried the following opinion piece by Authenticity and Modernity Party Politburo Member Mohamed Lakmani: “Now that Mr. Benkirane has been assigned to form the Moroccan government, we would like to congratulate him, though he did not have the courage to ask the King about the nature of the state whose government he will head, and that which he wishes to head. Is it the government of a legitimate constitutional state that emerged from the ballot boxes as a democratic electoral mechanism, or the government of the deep state that controls the mechanisms of governance? This time around, Mr. Benkirane was betrayed by his courage and clarity, i.e. the qualities which he believes are the reason behind his popularity, and differentiate him from the others whom he describes as cheaters, liars and hypocrites… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
“On the execution of a ruling family prince in Saudi Arabia”  (Website, Middle East)   
On October 20, Khaled al-Jayousi wrote the following piece in the electronic Rai al-Youm daily: “This is perhaps a step towards democracy that was made by the Saudi authorities as the Saudi king decided to execute a prince from the ruling family. The Saudi people may feel some reassurance regarding the “independence” of the judiciary system and the fact that it makes no distinction between a prince and a poor man… (Read More)
“Opposition factions start “Syrianizing Jihad,” Fatah ash-Sham arrests dozens of “migrants””  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Military Defense
On October 21, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Gaziantep Abdullah al-Omari: “A knowledgeable source from the Syrian opposition revealed that at the beginning of the month, Fatah ash-Sham Front arrested dozens of foreign fighters in the town of Harem in Rif Adlib as they were attempting to reach a town affiliated with what was formerly known as Jund al-Aqsa Movement, and detained them at the Harem Prison that is affiliated with the Front. The source added in an exclusive phone call with Al-Quds al-Arabi that a small group of foreign fighters was released, while the majority of them was still being held, assuring that the released signed “pledges to leave the Syrian soil, return to their countries, and not join any combat faction in Syria. And they were threatened with the harshest sanctions if they were to breach that pledge… (Read More)
United States
“The Arabs’ causes in Clinton-Trump last debate”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Democracy and Party Politics - USA EU
On October 21, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following lead editorial: “American presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump concluded their final debate yesterday in a stormy way, as they exchanged serious and unprecedented accusations in the history of US presidential elections. During the debate, Trump used all the arrows in his possession against Clinton regarding political, economic, and legal affairs, going through healthcare and abortion. And he responded to personal matters, such as the sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him, said he had never purchased yachts and private jets and started out with a $1 loan from his father, and concluded by describing the Democratic candidate as “nasty” and a “liar.” The two opponents also exchanged attacks surrounding foreign policy issues, which are one way or another related to the Arabs… (Read More)
“Yemen is defeating Saudi Arabia, will America interfere?”  (Website, Middle East)   
Military Defense - USA EU
On October 19, the Lebanese pro-March 8 Ath-Thabat news website carried the following opinion piece by Dr. Nassib Hteit: “After almost 20 months, Saudi Arabia - along with its public and secret allies - has failed to settle the Yemeni war, and the consequences of its adventure have swept its domestic scene and future. Indeed, it has not achieved any palpable victory in Yemen, apart from its destruction of the country’s infrastructure and civilizational heritage, and its killing of civilians…, which heralds the imminent end of the war and that of the crumbling royal family… For its part, America is counting its field losses as a result of the failure of the Saudi [regime] and its allies in the Arab world. However, it is also counting the billions of dollars in gains it made from arms deals, from the remuneration of its advisory services, and from the lowering of the oil prices… (Read More)
“Sanaa inhabitants call for halting Coalition’s air raids, Taiz inhabitants for deterring Houthi militia…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Military Defense
On October 21, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Taiz Khaled al-Hammadi: “Sanaa inhabitants called for the discontinuation of the air raids carried out by the Saudi-led Arab Coalition forces, while Taiz inhabitants called for deterring the Houthi militia and the militias affiliated with deposed [President] Ali Saleh, to ensure the success of the UN-sponsored truce that entered in force on the night of Wednesday-Thursday. Hence, Sanaa inhabitants, who rarely exit the Houthi discourse in their statements, said: “We firstly call for the ending of the Saudi air raids to ensure the success of whichever truce or ceasefire process,” a justification used by the Houthi militia and Saleh to breach the ceasefire and continue violating the UN-proclaimed truce… (Read More)
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