Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed.
Two dates this year changed the political scene in Sudan. The first was Jan. 1, when four Sudanese blocs agreed to form a civic movement called the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC). The second date was April 11, when military leaders took a risk and ousted the tyrant President Omar Al-Bashir after three decades of rule.
Some believe that the Americans no longer have an appetite for confrontation; but this is not what we feel in Washington, whether in the legislative and executive branches, or in civil and military institutions.
This is the third part of my discussion on the dialogue of Mohammed Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, which he had before an audience at the Asia Society in New York and during which he dealt with topics I found worthy of debate.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in New York, led a media attack, and I found in his speech to the audience of the Asia Society something worth the debate that I began yesterday. It was about what he called the Saudi-Emirati-Israeli plot to start a war with Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was in New York on the pretext of attending UN meetings, but used the opportunity to visit US media, intellectual and research institutions in an attempt to induce the elites there to agree with his country’s stance.
In recent weeks we have witnessed the fall of the regime of Omar Al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for three decades, and the ousting of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian president who was not actually ruling. Meanwhile, the political map in Libya is changing as well, with the Libyan National Army heading to the capital, Tripoli, and besieging it, determined to liberate it against the will of the government, which is merely a facade masking the extremist armed militias that control the city.
If we assume that what is happening simultaneously in Libya, Algeria and Sudan represents a series of popular uprisings and a collective desire for political change, we would then assume that we are witnessing the second chapter of the Arab revolutions that erupted in 2011.
Declarations of victory are everywhere, and on the lips of everyone concerned with the war on terror in Syria. In my opinion, this is a temporary victory, and it is only a matter of time until another ISIS organization emerges.
The visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Baghdad this week — his first since he took office six years ago — comes amid heavy pressure on the Iraqis exerted by the Tehran regime, which wants to use Iraq as an escape route away from American sanctions.