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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
30-Sep-2016
Egypt
Politics
“Sisi threatened to deploy army within hours in response to US-MB plan in November”  (Az-Zaman, Iraq)
Military Defense - Unrest - USA EU
On September 28, the independent Az-Zaman newspaper carried the following report by its correspondent in Cairo Mustafa Amara: “An Egyptian security source revealed to Az-Zaman that the threat made by President Es-Sisi during his last address to deploy the army within 6 hours to protect the country, came after he received information from the security bodies, talking about a US-sponsored Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to drown the country in chaos in November. The source added that the American-MB conspiracy was being led by a group of figures, headed by Dr. Issam Haggi, who had announced his intention to run in the 2018 presidential elections, and MB leaders Mahmoud Ezzat and Ibrahim Munir. In this context, political activists launched a campaign on social media to deter the MB campaign aiming to embarrass the state before the world… (Read More)
Iraq
Politics
“Barazani in Baghdad: mutual terms before launching Mosul’s liberation”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)   
Military Defense
On September 30, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “…The president of the Iraqi Kurdistan territory, Massoud Barazani, arrived to the Iraqi capital yesterday morning in a first of its kind visit after four years of differences between the government of the territory and the central government, which prompted Barazani to boycott Baghdad. The visit was preceded by two events: first, the Iraqi government announced Washington’s approval to increase the number of American consultants following its request… As for the second event, this consisted of the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s phone call to Barazani two nights ago and him voicing out his support and approval of the president’s [i.e. Barazani’s] visit to Baghdad… (Read More)
Israel
Opinion
“Netanyahu invading Africa at the home of the UN”  (Filastin al-An, Palestine)
Peace Process - United Nations
On September 27, the pro-Hamas Filastin al-An website carried the following piece by Mohammad Ramadan Agha: “A few days ago, Netanyahu spoke at the [UN’s] General Assembly…and said that he will be meeting with seventeen African presidents… Of course, we do not need to recall that the efforts to coordinate this meeting or Israeli-African summit were made in the context of an extensive and feverish Zionist diplomatic action for months through the Zionist foreign ministry as well as economic experts from the black continent in New York in addition to a number of other political parties… (Read More)
Jordan
Politics
“Fastest resignation by a minister in Jordan’s history…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Democracy and Party Politics
On September 30, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report from Amman: “An old criminal record registered in the name of the new minister of transportation led to the fastest toppling or resignation of a minister in Jordan’s modern history. Indeed, newly-appointed Minister of Transportation Malek Haddad, one of the symbols of the private transportation sector, had performed the constitutional oath before the King the day before last, but presented his resignation just 24 hours later, in the “oddest” development ever seen by Jordan on the political level. And a sudden Royal Decree was issued accepting Minister Haddad’s resignation 24 hours after his appointment, while no official clarifications came out regarding this issue and its backdrop. It was noticed however that the Royal Decree followed a visit conducted by Christian leaders in the city of Fuheis to King Abdullah II on Thursday, to offer their condolences after the death of writer Nahed Hattar… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“Al-Hariri informs Aoun that Saudi veto has been dropped?!”  (Ad-Diyyar, Lebanon)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On September 30, the Ad-Diyyar daily newspaper carried the following report by Kamal Thebyan: “Will PM Sa’d al-Hariri inform Gen. Michel Aoun when he will meet him as part of his planned program of visits to the main political forces that the Saudi veto on him has been dropped…? There has been no official talk indicating that Al-Hariri will be bringing a positive Saudi response to override the veto imposed by the former Saudi Foreign Minister, the late Saud al-Faisal, on Aoun. That veto caused the head of the Future movement to abstain from voting for [Aoun] and he rather opted for MP Suleiman Franjieh… (Read More)
Libya
Politics
“Imminent international settlement in Libya, prompted by American-Russian rapprochement”  (Newspaper, Middle East)   
Military Defense - Peace Process - USA EU
On September 27, Qatari-funded London-based Al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper carried the following report by its correspondent in Tripoli Abdullah ash-Sharif: “A prominent Libyan official revealed that major states were behind the developments seen on the Libyan arena during the last two weeks, adding to Al-Araby al-Jadeed: “The superpowers are in disagreement over the Libyan crisis due to their diverging interests... For its part, the US has changed its position towards the Libyan file and recently called on European countries to end their disputes over Libya, namely the Italian-French dispute that has been ongoing for years.” He continued: “Agreements were sealed between influential sides in Libya, i.e. Britain, Italy and France, to stop supporting local sides and ensure the end of the conflict on the political and military levels… (Read More)
Middle East
Opinion
“Shimon Peres’ funeral: When the deceased expresses condolences for the death of his killer!”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
On September 30, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following lead editorial: “It is difficult for an Arab to understand the reason behind the wide participation of world leaders in the funerals of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, including – according to Israel – 16 heads of states, namely the presidents of America, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Latvia and Poland, the King of Spain, the prime ministers of Canada, Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden, the president of the European Council, former American President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and many others. Is this due to the importance of Peres’ political history, as he founded parties, played many diplomatic roles, was a foreign minister, a prime minister and a head of state, engineered the Oslo Accords for which he earned a Nobel Peace Prize, then sponsored a peace accord with Jordan?… (Read More)
Palestine
Politics
“Constructive dialogue with Ramallah’s journalists at Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Media Office”  (Website, Middle East)
On September 28, the website of Hizb ut-Tahrir Media Office in Palestine, Pal-Tahrir.info, carried the following report: “Yesterday on Tuesday 27/9/2016, the Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Palestine held an interactive dialogue session attended by a number of satellite channel and international and local news agency correspondents and journalists interested in the Ramallah region, during which members of the office conveyed the party’s positions towards local, regional and international issues, listened to the attendees, and answered their questions. The Media Office members inaugurated the discussion by tackling the party’s political positions, as Dr. Maher al-Jaabari mentioned that the Palestinian cause was a military cause with political dimensions, requiring political action across the nation, to instigate it against the ruler and liberate military will… (Read More)
Saudi Arabia
Opinion
“Saudi Arabia and confronting the JASTA law: the need to stop being addicted to America love”  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Military Defense - USA EU
On September 30, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following piece by Suleiman Nimr: “The voting of the U.S. Congress including its two wings, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and with a great majority to override the veto of President Barack Obama on the JASTA law (Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) that allows the victims of the September 11 attacks to take Saudi Arabia to court confirms two important truths: First, the USA cannot be relied on neither as a close nor a distant ally. Indeed, during the last four years, the USA let Saudi Arabia down on a number of political situations where Al-Riyadh needed support mainly in Syria where Washington – as Al-Riyadh sees it – is still hesitant and weak concerning the Syrian crisis… Furthermore, Saudi Arabia is still “heartbroken” as a result of the western nuclear agreement with Iran, an agreement that was supported by Washington. Al-Riyadh believes that this agreement broke the seclusion and economic siege that were imposed on Iran… (Read More)
Society
“Saudis in shock over “betrayal” of their American ally…”  (Website, Middle East)
Arab Diplomacy - Terrorism - USA EU
On September 29, the Rai al-Youm electronic daily carried the following report: “The Saudis are still in a state of shock as the U.S. Congress including the Senate and the House of Representatives torpedoed the presidential veto that President Barack Obama had used against a bill allowing the relatives of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia… (Read More)
Syria
Politics
“A year following the Sukhoi Storm…”  (As-Safir, Lebanon)
Military Defense
On September 30, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report by Alaa Halabi: “Many changes occurred at the level of the Syrian scene since the Russian intervention in Syria a year ago. The field situation experienced a major shift in favor of the Syrian army, which managed to impose a tight siege on the city of Aleppo and to gain back most of the Latakia suburbs bordering Turkey despite the rough nature of the mountainous region there and its proximity to the neighbor-enemy. The army also managed to gain back most of the Damascus suburbs and to confine the armed groups to some secluded areas. The massive progress of the Syrian army was met with a violent reaction on the part of the forces that support the armed factions mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar… (Read More)
Turkey
Politics
“Deputy Crown Prince visits Turkey, amid mounting tensions between Washington and Riyadh, Ankara”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Military Defense - Peace Process - USA EU
On September 30, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Istanbul Ismail Jamal: “One month after the signing of strategic coordination and cooperation agreements between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Riyadh failed to show sufficient enthusiasm towards the activation and implementation of these agreements on the ground, which generated wide speculations surrounding the causes of the Saudi sluggishness, in the face of Turkey’s wild wish to develop the relations. As for the visit being conducted to Ankara by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, it coincided with the emergence of the Saudi-American disputes against the backdrop of the bill related to the pursuit of those involved in the September 11 attacks… (Read More)
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