Explaining Israel’s growing role in the region (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

The US’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran is an important development that will have possible political consequences and transformations in the region and on the players, the arena and the crisis. The new developments are dependent on the continuity of the American stance against Tehran and which may change if the Iranian government makes concessions to the US. President Donald Trump had promised Iran to go back to the agreement if it backs down and accepts his conditions to amend the deal. These amendments include prohibiting Iran from ever transforming its nuclear program into a military program and withdrawing its forces and militias from the wars outside Iran. It’s unlikely that Rowhani’s government will accept these conditions during this current phase.


Merkel, Macron’s pro-Iran stance will push more chaos in the region (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

The siren drills in a number of Saudi cities is not a routine amid the tense circumstances of the region as Iran continuous firing ballistic missiles targeting populated Saudi cities through their Houthi agent in Yemen, which shows the danger facing everyone.


The Earth is not round (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

Amid much ridicule, a conference was recently held in Britain to prove that Earth is flat. This conference was held last year too and attended by some people who claim to be scientists and by some who base their views on religion. Their theories violate everything that scientists have proven following a long historical conflict that was settled by technology.


Iraqi elections without the Americans (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

The situation is getting more intense in Baghdad where in less than two weeks parliamentary elections will decide the next prime minister.


Iran is not the Gulf countries’ problem (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

The eternal conflict with Tehran is pictured as a political dispute between the Iranian regime and the Gulf countries’ governments and Israel.


‘A Fistful of Dollars’ during Saudi Arabia’s pre-1979 era (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

This is the name of a movie which is engrained in my memory for a simple reason: I watched it in a cinema in Riyadh 40 years ago! I watched it before cinemas were prohibited and their doors shut, shutting with it a whole social life following the Iranian revolution of 1979.