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.
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.
France is the country of revolutions, and the street is once again reviving the controversy about the concept of the choice of governance by the majority, which is the pillar of the western governance system.
There are two years left, and they will be a long two years in the fast-paced world of US President Donald Trump’s administration. He is a man of many decisions; a fast mover who does not rest or back down and stop at obstacles.
The sanctions are harmful to the Tehran regime as they limit the selling of more than half of its oil immediately, prohibiting it from trading via America’s banking system and preventing Tehran’s clients from using the dollar.
I think if the Iraqi parliamentary elections were to be held last year, Iran may have easily managed to impose a prime minister and a government. Fortunately for the Iraqis, the situation has developed on both the internal and external fronts in a way that’s not in favor of General Qassem Soleimani who considers himself the ruler of the Fertile Crescent.
We can attribute most of the region’s wars to the conflict over oil, whether directly or indirectly. Today, we are in the midst of a huge regional oil war, Abdulrahman al-Rashed wrote in an article published by Al Arabiya.