What has changed in Malaysia? (Azeem Ibrahim, Al Arabiya)

May’s general election in Malaysia has been hailed as a turning point in the country’s history. For the first time since it has gained independence from the British, the election returned a different party to government than the traditional rulers, the Barisan Nasional.


China and the EU: Will support to Iran be enough? (Mohamed A. Ramady, Al Arabiya)

The decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA) nuclear pact has made both the EU and other signatory countries like China and Russia scramble to try and save the deal, but their life support packages are not certain to overcome the drastic US financial and trade curbs on complying companies.


Differences in Gulf’s stances and ambiguous positions (Jameel al-Thiyabi, Al Arabiya)

There have been different Gulf positions regarding the Iranian nuclear deal and the US’ decision to withdraw from it. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain expressed a common position in separate statements while three other Gulf countries took different positions in which they are trying “to hold the stick from the middle.”


New fuel options gain pace in the global energy market (John Roper, Al Arabiya)

For the first time since engines replaced sails in the early 19th century, the operational status quo of global shipping is being rewritten. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ruling to reduce the sulphur cap for bunker fuel from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020, not 2025, means an overhaul of the industry facilitating 90% of the world’s trade, including energy commodities – and quickly.


Awaiting Iraq’s new leader (Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Al Arabiya)

The cabinet plays a huge role in Iraq. The prime minister is the decision maker and Iraq itself is a strategically important country for the region. Everyone in the region as well as international powers are waiting for the results of the consultations and bargains between the competing powers to know which party will lead the political process and who the next prime minister will be.


Abadi and Sadr: The path towards an Iraqi national cabinet (Hassan Al Mustafa, Al Arabiya)

The Sairoon Alliance, led by Sayyid Moqtada al-Sadr, won the largest share of seats in the recent parliamentary elections in Iraq. Although he did not win an absolute majority, his alliance with the communists and other nationalist allies gave him ascendance over many of his rivals and competitors.


Secularism: Differences among academics, radicals and Orientalists (Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran, Al Arabiya)

No concept has been distorted by Arabs and Muslims as much as secularism. It all began with the poor translation of the term and which did not end with explaining what it means. The explanation “the principle of separation of the state from religious institutions” remained common even among academics and intellectuals. However, secularism is more than that and carries several interpretations, dimensions, and multiple implementations. Thus, we cannot confine ourselves to just one political model as a basis to judge the difference between true and false secularism.


Santa Fe, Texas: Another ‘terrorist’ school shooting (Walid Jawad, Al Arabiya)

The troubling thing about the latest school shooting is that it evoked minimal emotions; no horror, no rage. The Santa Fe high school shooting on Friday claimed 10 lives, and another 10 injured including a resource officer (the armed police officer assigned to the school), who was charged with the safety of the school. It’s easy to make the case against the NRA mantra: “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” Although the argument came to mind, it was not the most dominant thought. I wondered why is it that no one calls the perpetrators of these atrocities terrorists?


Wake up Europe! Why nobody should trust the Iranian regime (Najah Alotaibi, Al Arabiya)

If you were born and raised in Saudi Arabia in the 1980’s like I was it was palpably clear what the hardliners in Iran were; a malevolent force orchestrating some of the world’s most egregious terrorist acts who would stop at nothing to reach their religious and political goals.


Two-face traders exploiting Palestinian bloodshed (Salman al-Dosary, Al Arabiya)

Washington’s decision to transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, without any concessions from the Israeli government in exchange was an unfair move and a huge mistake.