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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
28-Jun-2017
Algeria
Politics
"The government has been adopting the social option for years... will it backtrack on buying social peace?"  (Newspaper, Middle East)
Democracy and Party Politics
On June 26, the Algerian daily Echourouk el-Youmi reported: "The difficult economic conditions the country is going through has entailed a dire need to review public subsidies to help vulnerable social groups while costing the public treasury billions a year. Albeit old, this option has been delayed by the state's socialist orientations and principles since the revolution despite their being a heavy burden and the inability to be precise in pinpointing the groups concerned. However, in the light of the current situation, this option is no longer affordable given the record oil prices cuts. What are the solutions the government is proposing to face up to this challenge? What are their repercussions on society? What is the price that has to be paid? The 'political dossier' of this paper edition will be trying to answer these questions… (Read More)
Egypt
Politics
“Building and Development [Party]’s plan to confront dissolution…”  (Al-Mesryoon, Egypt)
Democracy and Party Politics
On June 25, the independent Egyptian daily Al-Mesryoon newspaper carried the following report by Mustafa Ali: “The Building and Development Party, the political arm of the Gamaa Islamiya, has set a number of courses which it will adopt to respond to the Prosecutor’s transfer of the party’s file to the first circuit of the Supreme Administrative Court, on charges linked to the party’s violation of the conditions of its establishment. And according to what was leaked from the Prosecutor’s office, demands were made for its dissolution due to its involvement in practices which bluntly violated the constitution and the law. Sources revealed at this level that the party was currently preparing a comprehensive legal, political and media file to refute all the accusations which will likely be made against it before the Supreme Administrative Court… (Read More)
Iran
Opinion
“The militia-like media”  (Al-Hayat, United Kingdom)
Media
On June 25, the Saudi-owned London-based Al-Hayat newspaper carried the following opinion piece by Chief Editor Zouheir Kseibati: “It was no surprise for some Iranian media outlets to fabricate scenarios and tales following the Saudis’ pledge of allegiance to Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince. But what is certain is that such behaviour does not take into account the people’s patriotic sentiments, and will only deepen the enmity with a “revolution” that has named itself the spokesperson for Islam, while disregarding the sovereignty of states, violating the borders and practicing injustice. This has been the case ever since the promotion of “Sunni terrorism” has been attributed to unknown sides, though terrorism does not have a specific identity, and ever since it considered that negotiating with the Americans was exclusive to it, though it neglected the fact that “Satan” had become its partner in the nuclear accord… (Read More)
Iraq
Politics
“Iraq: hot deadlines and confrontations after the holidays?”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Democracy and Party Politics
On June 24, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “By the end of this week, Iraq will step into the Al-Fitr holiday, which will extend until next Thursday and will be followed by the weekend. An entire week of “rest” will be lived by the political arena, which will wait for the beginning of July to decide on a number of files and deadline on the political and field levels. Politically, the “capital of Al-Rashid” is waiting to start collecting the fruits of the Gulf tour conducted by PM Haidar al-Abadi, specifically on the level of the relationship with Saudi Arabia following the “pre-expected decision” whereby which, Mohammad Bin Salman, became crown prince… (Read More)
Jordan
Politics
"Grouping of Centrist Parties: Taking Democracy to New Depths and Focusing on National Issues"  (Newspaper, Middle East)   
Democracy and Party Politics
On June 23, the daily Al-Ra'y reported: "Nazir 'Arabiyat, head of the Grouping of Centrist Parties (newly registered) and Secretary General of the Justice and Reform Party, has stressed that the new grouping works in accordance with institutionalised standards, upholds the principles of national democracy, and works for identification between democracy and the daily party action. He said the grouping believes in the centrality of the role that it should play in bolstering democratisation, for it is much more than a coalition that seeks to arrive at power. What is more important is that it is a coalition for expressing the national interests and creating harmony among them, he said. He added that the main practical criteria of the efficiency of democratic practice is connected to the extent of its contribution to the continued stability of the political system and to doing its job of representation in the public policies. He added that the new Grouping of Centrist Parties will be committed to playing its role as an influential force and a constant effective participant in political life. It will be a strong support for the Jordanian state to remain an effective player in international politics. He stressed that the coalition relies on a strong national and democratic sense and absolute serious commitment to the supreme national interests through the adoption of a realistic policy and responsible rhetoric. 'Arabiyat said the coalition will present initiatives, options, and solutions based on a series of ideas and practical proposals on the various national issues. Such proposals will be the outcome of many years of experience in party work, for our utmost concern is to keep the homeland free, proud, invincible, and protected, he stressed… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“Nasrallah’s threats: Political messages to the international community and the Gulf?”  (Website, Middle East)
Military and Defense
On June 26, the electronic Al-Modon daily carried the following report by Munir al-Rabih: “Many have pondered the statements of the Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on the eventuality of Israel launching a war on the Resistance axis where he said that the air and borders will be opened to thousands of fighters to participate in this battle. The new part this time that Nasrallah failed to announce clearly, consists of what Hezbollah achieved on the Syrian-Iraqi borders. He wanted to anticipate any future developments by sketching and defining the power balances, and expanding Hezbollah’s circle of control and the control of its axis… (Read More)
““Hezbollah-land” and reviving the “Cairo Accord””  (Newspaper, Middle East)
Democracy and Party Politics
On June 28, the Lebanese privately-owned Al-Joumhouria newspaper carried the following report by As’ad Bechara: “The most important position featured in Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s address was probably the announcement of the intention to open the Lebanese border to Arab and Iranian recruits in the event of a new confrontation with Israel, whether in Syria or in Lebanon, seeing how this position widely opened the door before a new stage, in which the party relinquished the gloves it wore to handle the regional file and the domestic equation. Opposition sources read into Nasrallah’s position as follows…: Firstly, with the latter talk, the party buried the famous equation it had upheld during the past stage, i.e. the army, people, resistance equation, knowing it had imposed it – or equations similar to it – on all the ministerial statements… (Read More)
Palestine
Opinion
“What’s to come after the rapprochement between Dahlan and Hamas?”  (Website, Middle East)   
Arab Diplomacy
On June 27, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following piece by Kazem Nasser: “The relations between Hamas and Mohammad Dahlan were based on animosity, tension and violence. Since the mid-1990s, when Dahlan was head of the preventive security apparatus and the powerful man of the Authority in Gaza, Hamas had been accusing him of corruption, looting public funds, being an agent of Israel, killing and imprisoning [Hamas’] cadres, and preventing the movement’s charity work in Gaza. In short, Dahlan was Hamas’ staunch enemy… (Read More)
Politics
“Scenario of “horrific attack” on Gaza Strip is underway…”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)   
Arab Diplomacy - Military and Defense - Unrest
On June 28, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its Amman Office Chief Bassam Bdareen: “The game is unveiling even further. The sudden Israeli threat to the Gaza Strip population cannot be dissociated – at least in the deep Jordanian reading into the events, which was followed by Al-Quds al-Arabi – from what recently happened in the Arab Gulf, particularly the targeting of the State of Qatar. At this level, Al-Jazeera channel appears to be in the middle of the pit and the object of a fierce attack aiming to “internationalize” the attempts to subjugate or close it down based on a very well-devised plan under the headline of “killing the likely witness…” The idea is that a fierce war might soon be launched on the Gaza Strip, as it was actually seen during the last 48 hours under claims of random and mysterious rockets and talk about the presence of ISIL organization in it… (Read More)
Qatar
Politics
Al-Jazeera English director talks to Anadolu  (Website, Middle East)
Media
On June 28, the official Turkish Anadolu News Agency carried the following report from Doha by its correspondent Ahmed Youssef: “Director of Al-Jazeera English Giles Trendle said that Al-Jazeera’s network of channels was “upholding its course and remaining committed to its message,” stressing that it will not change its discourse upon anyone’s request. In an interview with Anadolu’s correspondent in Doha, Trendle said: “Al-Jazeera is proceeding with its work while committed to its values, which feature professionalism and a clear and honest coverage of the news. And we are upholding our editorial policy...” On the other hand, Trendle considered that the harassment to which Al-Jazeera is currently being subjected “is not new,” assuring: “The network has been subjected to similar harassment in the past, whether before or after 2011 (the year when the Arab Spring revolutions erupted, with the bombing and closing of its offices and the arrest of its journalists… (Read More)
Syria
Opinion
“With the nearing Syrian victory, deadlines are coming!”  (Al-Watan Syria, Syria)
Media - Peace Process
On June 22, the pro-Syrian regime Al-Watan daily carried the following piece by Bassam Abou Abdallah: “No one has any doubt that the features of Syria’s victory have started to emerge on the horizon although some vicious battles are still expected in the east, northeast, south and around Damascus. The hostile actions that are being carried out blatantly by the US occupation forces will not prevent Syria and its allies from proceeding on the same road until vanquishing terrorism and eliminating it from the Syrian land… If some were to wonder about the signs and features of this historical victory, I can name a few… (Read More)
“Jihad al-Maqdessi’s resignation from the Syrian opposition: a non-surprising event…”  (Website, Middle East)
Arab Diplomacy - Peace Process
On June 26, the electronic Rai al-Youm daily carried the following piece by Abdul Bari Atwan: “Jihad al-Maqdessi, the head of the Cairo platform for the Syrian opposition and the former spokesperson for the Syrian foreign department, tendered his resignation from political work for reasons that according to him “pertain to the work and life circumstances that have always affected the personal circumstances” as per the statement he posted on his Facebook page. This resignation was not a surprising one neither in terms of its contents nor in terms of its timing. We do not exaggerate if we say that Mr. Al-Maqdessi was too late in taking this step knowing that he’s a witty and smart person… (Read More)
Turkey
Politics
“Turkey controls “its MBs'” tone?”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon, Lebanon)
Religion
On June 24, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “A number of people concerned with the file of the MBs in Turkey are saying that the last iftar organized by the Egyptian Muslim Brothers’ group in Istanbul on the 4th of the present month…caused an “embarrassment” for the Turkish government, which later became more exacerbated in light of the inter-Gulf crisis that was launched on the first week of the same month… (Read More)
Yemen
Opinion
“Al-Hudaydah and horizons of solution in Yemen”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi, United Kingdom)
Military and Defense
On June 24, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following opinion piece by Mohammed Jumeh: “A few months ago, the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen offered the United Nations supervision over Al-Hudaydah Port, as a middle ground solution between the Houthis’ control over it, and the attempts deployed by the Yemeni government and the Coalition to take it from them by force… However, the international organization turned down the proposal under the pretext that it could not secure the port and did not have forces to manage the situation in the city and control the commercial and security activity in it. Likewise, the Houthis and [Ali Abdullah] Saleh categorically rejected the plan under the pretext that it undermined Yemeni sovereignty over a portion of the country. As a result, the Arab Coalition resent messages surrounding an imminent battle to retake the city from the Houthis, and the UN dispatched its special envoy to Yemen once again to avoid such a battle… (Read More)
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