Has the stock market established a bottom? (Al Arabiya)

The Jan. 4 monster rally in risk assets, which saw major US stock indexes surge by 3 percent to 4 percent and the “risk-free” yield on 10-year US Treasuries rise by 11 basis points, was a stark illustration of the power of a favorable alignment of the trifecta of economic fundamentals, central bank liquidity and technical factors.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/09/Has-the-stock-market-established-a-bottom-.html

Mohamed Aly El-Erian is an Egyptian American businessman. He is chief economic adviser at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he served as CEO and co-chief investment officer. His twitter handle is @elerianm.

Whitewashing the greatest mass murderer of our time (Al Arabiya)

And so it begins. The whitewashing and normalization of one of the greatest mass murders of our time has began in earnest. After 600,000 dead and 6 million displaced, nations who previously held the explicit policy of removing Bashar al-Assad and his homicidal regime are now deliberating how to reopen their embassies.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/09/Whitewashing-the-greatest-mass-murderer-of-our-time.html

Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a World Fellow at Yale. Over the years he has met and advised numerous world leaders on policy development and was ranked as a Top 100 Global Thinker by the European Social Think Tank in 2010 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He tweets @AzeemIbrahim.

Is China an asset or liability for the developing world? (Al Arabiya)

This is the second edition of Bridging Divides, a series in which I raise some challenges facing the developing world and open them up for discussion.

Is China an asset or liability for the developing world? Let’s address that question today.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/09/BRIDGING-DIVIDES-Is-China-an-asset-or-liability-for-the-developing-world-.html

Ehtesham Shahid is Managing Editor at Al Arabiya English. For close to two decades he has worked as editor, correspondent, and business writer for leading publications, news wires and research organizations in India and the Gulf region. He loves to occasionally dabble with teaching and is collecting material for a book on unique tales of rural conflict and transformation from around the world. His twitter handle is @e2sham

Return of the Americans to Syria (Al Arabiya)

US President Donald Trump’s climb-down on troop withdrawal from Syria is a natural consequence of the failure of regional powers to view it as a peaceful move, but as a defeated withdrawal. Washington’s ally Iraq displayed unease and retreated in the face of pressure from Tehran. Meanwhile, Turkey was quick to make concessions to Russia and Iran, as the US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia pivoted towards Damascus and Iran. While all this was happening, Tehran increased its military shipments to the battlefield.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/08/Return-of-the-Americans-to-Syria.html

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.

Israel, Russia in new paradigm in Syria created by the US (Al Arabiya)

Israel at present is considering the repercussions of the US decision to withdraw from Syria, and continues to monitor how it will affect Israeli operations in Syria.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/08/Israel-and-Russia-in-a-new-paradigm-in-Syria-created-by-the-US.html

Maria Dubovikova is a prominent political commentator, researcher and expert on Middle East affairs. She is president of the Moscow-based International Middle Eastern Studies Club (IMESClub), expert of Valdai Club and RIAC (Russian International Affairs Council). Twitter: @politblogme.

And now, The New York Times scandal (Al Arabiya)

It is a new chapter in the open conflict between US President Donald Trump and the leftist American media, but this time the chapter, or rather the book, that came out in the public eye, is from a leading journalist from one of the liberal American media’s castles: The New York Times.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/08/And-now-The-New-York-Times-scandal.html

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.

Is the new Congress American enough? (Al Arabiya)

The new 116 Congress brought with it numerous firsts: youngest woman, the first Native American, and many other groundbreaking claims by minorities. Many disenfranchised groups now have a representative at the powerful US Congress.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/07/Is-the-new-Congress-American-enough-.html

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.

India’s Triple Talaq Bill: Gender equality or political ruse? (Al Arabiya)

The Lower House of Indian Parliament last week passed the Triple Talaq Bill, which makes the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence, punishable up to three years in jail for the husband.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/07/India-s-Triple-Talaq-Bill-Gender-equality-or-political-ruse-.html

Simran Sodhi holds Masters Degree in International Relations from American University (AU), Washington DC. She has contributed to leading newspapers like The Indian Express, Mail Today, The Statesman and The Tribune and has reported from the US, Pakistan, Israel, Tokyo and Beijing. Since 2012, she has also been appearing as anchor and guest on All India Radio programs, mainly on issues of foreign affairs. Her book on the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, titled “Piercing the Heart, Untold stories of Mumbai 26/11” was published in 2009 and was featured amongst the bestsellers of the country.

Is this the beginning of the end for Sudan’s Omar Bashir? (Al Arabiya)

Political strife is not uncommon in Sudan, but the intensity and endurance of recent protests may well portend the end of the Bashir regime in the African country.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/03/Is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-Omar-Bashir-in-Sudan-.html

Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He completed his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a World Fellow at Yale. Over the years he has met and advised numerous world leaders on policy development and was ranked as a Top 100 Global Thinker by the European Social Think Tank in 2010 and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He tweets @AzeemIbrahim.

Lapis Lazuli Corridor: Reconnecting Central Asia and Afghanistan (Al Arabiya)

Connecting Afghanistan to Europe via the Black Sea route, the Lapis Lazuli Corridor just became operational a few weeks ago. Inaugurated by the Afghan President Ghani in Herat, the first track is ready and shipments have already been sent to Europe using the Turkmenbashi port on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2019/01/03/Lapis-Lazuli-Corridor-Reconnecting-Central-Asia-and-Afghanistan.html

Sabena Siddiqui is a foreign affairs journalist and geopolitical analyst with special focus on the Belt and Road Initiative, CPEC and South Asia. She tweets @sabena_siddiqi.