Can Europe’s central bank address the slowdown in its economies? (Al Arabiya)

Looming signs of a slowdown in growth, are not only apparent in China and the US, but also in Europe, and the European Central Bank’s actions are crucial in trying to reverse this slowdown.

Dr. Mohamed Ramady is an energy economist and geo political expert on the GCC and former Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran , Saudi Arabia and co-author of ‘OPEC in a Post Shale world – where to next ?’. His latest book is on ‘Saudi Aramco 2030: Post IPO challenges’.

With bond issue, Saudi Aramco embarks on major transformation (Al Arabiya)

Aramco is taking strides toward opening its’ books as it plans its’ first ever international bond in the second quarter of this year, which could help in financing the $70 billion takeover of the world’s third largest diversified petrochemicals company or Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic).

Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based Middle East researcher, political analyst and commentator with interests in energy politics and Gulf-Asia relations. Al-Tamimi is author of the book “China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012: Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance?” He can be reached on e-mail: He tweets @nasertamimi.

Does the US want high or low oil prices? (Al Arabiya)

The US economy has traditionally been a heavy importer of oil, making it unquestionably a fan of low oil prices. Meanwhile, the shale oil revolution has transformed the US oil industry, and driven net imports to almost zero. But, has that been enough to make America favor high oil prices, and to be an OPEC ally?

Omar Al-Ubaydli is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain. He tweets @omareconomics.

Qatar and the legitimate interests of Iran (Al Arabiya)

Qatar did well by putting the record straight and calling things by their names. It officially announced, through its ambassador to Moscow, its true position towards the Iranian occupation of Syria, by considering that Iran has “legitimate” interests in Syria and supporting Tehran’s quest to maintain those interests; and that the “Syrian regime, which oppressed its opponents, is responsible for allowing for international and regional foreign intervention, which should not be blamed on others.”

Salman al-Dosary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. He tweets @SalmanAldosary.

Betraying the American people: Congress kissing Israel’s ring (Al Arabiya)

Senator Marco Rubio took to Twitter in defense of his sponsored bill in support of Israel. Rubio and others have the right to support Israel as part of their constitutional right to Freedom of Speech. Apparently, Rubio thinks the First Amendment is exclusive to him and those who hold similar views.

Walid Jawad is a former Senior Policy Analyst at U.S. Department of State and a former Washington, DC correspondent. He covered American politics for a number of TV outlets since 1997. Walid holds an undergraduate degree (B.A) in Decision Science and Management Information Systems and a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. You can follow him @walidaj.

Has EU woken up to its security threats? (Al Arabiya)

The European Union sent a message to Iran by imposing the first sanctions since the flawed nuclear deal was signed in 2015.

Hamid Bahrami is a former political prisoner from Iran. Living in Glasgow, Scotland, he is a human right and political activist and works as a freelance journalist as his work cover’s the Middle East affairs. He tweets at @HaBahram and blogs at analyzecom.

A century after the end of World War I, her dominoes continue to tumble (Al Arabiya)

If it were not for World War I (1914-1919), we would not have had the Russian Revolution, the rise of Communism, Fascism, Nazism, the Holocaust, Stalinism, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, colonialism, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, World War II or The Cold War. In addition, the Great War claimed millions of lives who died in the World War itself.

Faisal Al-Shammeri is a political analyst based in Washington DC. He tweets @mr_alshammeri.

The changing geo-strategic scenario in the Middle East (Al Arabiya)

The Middle East has been in the eye of international politics since the end of World War II. The hostility and confrontation of two erstwhile superpowers – the United States of America and the former Soviet Union – cast a dark cloud over the whole region leading to decades of regional divisions and conflicts.

Shehab Al-Makahleh is Director of Geostrategic Media Center, senior media and political analyst in the Middle East, adviser to many international consultancies. He can be reached at: @shehabmakahleh and @Geostrat_ME.

The ‘neo-Ottoman’ invader (Al Arabiya)

Three weeks ago, a ship loaded with weapons was seized at the Libyan port of Khoms. It was coming from Istanbul. The story became evidence of the malicious Turkish role in this devastated country, in connection with Libyan terrorists and their presence in the entire Maghreb.

Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Were France’s demonstrations barbaric? (Al Arabiya)

Even those who are not fond of Paris cannot comprehend what happened to this charming and captivating city! The demonstrations started as arbitrary and experimental, but soon became a chaotic European disease, reaching as far as destruction and corruption!

Turki Aldakhil is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.