Home Page - Gulf in the Media
HomePoliticsEconomy                               Set Gulfinthemedia.com as home page
"Postings of opinions published in the Gulf and international newspapers
 Print  Send This Page
Save Listen to this Article
Both Arab governments and oppositions are undemocratic   

Al Hayat - 09 May, 2012
Author: Jihad Al Khazen

My opinion on all the Arab governments is that they are undemocratic, and are lacking in accountability, transparency, civil liberties, women's rights and the independent rule of law.

I have stated the above in this column more than a dozen times (and I keep all the articles in question for the benefit of the interested reader). Today, with the same clarity, I want to add that the opinion above now also applies to the Arab uprisings, or the opposition in every country, whether it reaches power, as in the case of Egypt and Libya, or whether it continues to try to reach power, as is the case in Syria.

I have the equivalent of a daily survey of the Arab public opinion through the readers’ mail that I receive, whether directly, or through Al-Hayat’s mail. True, there is a minority of letters that reflect a high level of cultivation, awareness and understanding, a minority that supports or opposes on the basis of strong logical arguments. However, the majority rejects all other differing opinions, and even rails accusations against those who disagree with them, in a manner that even the governments shy away from. Hence, anyone who disagrees must be an agent of America and Israel, or must have been paid in return for the opinion he publishes or is otherwise rewarded by sitting at the rulers’ tables.

A few days ago, I wrote a commentary on the situation in Syria, in which I said that the Syrians are now caught between the government’s brutality and the opposition’s fragmentation. Can any sane person object to this? I said that the government was killing people, and that the opposition is severely divided. I had received many letters claiming that I “equate between the government and the opposition”. Some even said that I have defended the government, when I have been condemning it in plain and simple Arabic.

The topic of that commentary was not even the government or the opposition, but instead about groups of neocons, Likudnik Americans and the Israel lobby that sent out letters calling for war on Syria, just like they did back with the war on Iraq, which claimed the lives of one million Arabs and Muslims.

I wrote about two letters calling for war on Syria, and said that among the signatories of those letters were the same war criminals that had signed similar letters concerning Iraq. Recall that these same war criminals had signed a letter to President Bill Clinton, dated 26/1/1998, calling on him to go to war with Iraq because containment had failed. They also sent out a letter to George W. Bush dated 20/9/2001, calling for war on Syria and Iran, and inciting against Hezbollah by alleging that the group was linked to the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa, when this is a completely baseless accusation. Thus, my article was about the war cabal and its letters that essentially targeted Arabs and Muslims.

Some readers objected to my assertion that the enemy is Israel, not Iran, and said that they in the Gulf do not see Israel, but do see the Iranian threat to their countries. They are entitled to their opinions; which is why I am noting it down here, albeit without changing my own opinion, which included a condemnation of the occupation of the UAE’s islands and my insistence on the need to liberate them. I also add that some of the letters invoked religious aspects of the conflict that cannot possibly be true, and that cannot be discussed in a daily political newspaper.

After the Sunnis, the Shiites also criticized me when the subject was the opposition in Bahrain. Here, my stance on Iran did not seem to satisfy them, or indeed my assertion that the opposition has legitimate demands. Instead, the supporters of Al-Wefaq chose to bypass all this to deny that some of the group’s leaders are agents of Iran, and want to instate a Shiite regime along the lines of the Iranian model of clerical rule. I most certainly did not say all the leaders of Al-Wefaq, or indeed the Shiites of Bahrain want this regime, but I said that some did. I don’t understand how any sane person can deny this, as the opposition’s own mouth has condemned it at times, and so did its supporters abroad who have dual loyalties.

I also wrote about Sudan, criticizing the policy of President Omar al-Bashir, which culminated with the partitioning of Sudan into North and South, and an ongoing dispute that portends an all-out war. Some readers wrote to me to say that I have been too late to write on Sudan, and I accept this. I also received letters that said that since I criticize all those who support Israel or deal with it, that I therefore must criticize Silva Kiir, the President of South Sudan, who made his first foreign trip to Israel.

Very well, I hereby criticize Silva Kiir. But does this mean that I should exempt President Omar al-Bashir from responsibility for pursuing a failed policy against the people of South Sudan, that ended up with the partitioning of the country, and which may lead to war now?

Once again, both Arab governments and Arab oppositions, in power or outside of it, are undemocratic, and are lacking in accountability, transparency, civil liberties, women’s rights and the independent rule of law.

Russian intervention imposes a fait accompli on all sides
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Raghida Dergham
Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed on the United States, Europe, and the Arab nations a fait accompli, which they have no choice but to accept. Yet at the same...
Are the Chinese coming to Syria?
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Theodore Karasik
Russia's military activities, coupled with the Kremlin's diplomatic solutions to the Syria crisis, are bringing Chinese views and actions into sharp relief. Moscow and Beijing are linked together through a...
Syria, Russia and the Arabs: Could it get any worse?
Source : Al Arabiya TV  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Jamal Khashoggi
Last Wednesday, the Russians bombed Homs at noon, and the Americans bombed Aleppo in the afternoon. Both say the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the target, while...
Confronting Russia with Safe Zones
Source : Asharq Al-Awsat  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Salman Aldossary
As a result of its military intervention, Russia has now complicated the situation in Syria in an unprecedented manner. Moreover, Moscow's entry into the conflict is being conducted in full...
State reserve funds need to help in diversification
Source : Oman Daily Observer  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Haider Al Lawati
The general reserve funds in many countries play leading roles in strengthening the national investment at home and abroad by pumping investments in economically feasible projects to get good financial...
Sovereign funds' expected role in financial crisis
Source : Oman Daily Observer  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Lo'ai Batainah
The first thing to strike one's mind when talking about investment funds is currently the states' sovereign funds. These funds are considered the largest in terms of size, value, impact,...
Education under fire
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Labeed Abdal
UNICEF recently reported that growing conflicts and political disturbances in the Middle East and Northern Africa have deprived over 13 million children from schooling....
The prospect of Indonesian domestic workers going back
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi
A few months ago, Indonesian President Joko Widodo had issued an order to explore the prospect of stopping Indonesian women from going abroad to take up jobs as domestic workers....
Food prices rise while oil prices decline
Source : Saudi Gazette  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Tariq A. Al-Maeena
At the beginning of this year I read a report, which included some input from food traders and market analysts. They confidently predicted that if the trend of lower oil...
Saudi-UAE coalition and the region's new equation
Source : Arab News  
Date : 2015-10-07
Author : Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi
The Arab world now stands in need of a compass to point it on its way. The problems of the Arab regional system, plus the negativity of the Arab League,...
'Hold on tight to unity rope' - 'Respect others to gain respect'
Source : Arab Times  
Date : 2015-10-06
Author : Yusuf Awadh Al-Azemi
Far from the common historic views that can be quickly retrieved by a click on the Internet search engine, where you can choose to view in brief or in detail;...
No compromises on our national security
Source : Arab Times  
Date : 2015-10-06
Author : Ahmad Al-Jarallah
National security knows no compromises, and there will be no middle ground for this or that group- amid the two options of either sustaining national security or slip into chaos....
UN and refugees
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2015-10-06
Author : Labeed Abdal
The UN recently held a high-ranking session in New York discussing the flow of refugees and immigrants. Some of the participating countries' representatives discussed the refugee problem and possible solutions...
Humanitarian Leader
Source : Kuwait Times  
Date : 2015-10-06
Author : Abdallah Buwair
HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah is a humanitarian leader and Kuwait is a humanitarian center. When the UN first decided to give this award, it gave it to...
Solving the refugee crisis
Source : Gulf Today  
Date : 2015-10-06
Author : David Miliband
Four years into the Syrian civil war, the dramatic refugee crisis can no longer be ignored by European and American leaders. The US administration, though deeply involved in the Middle...
Total 200 Results in 14 Pages
For more news, views and reports about this topic, please subscribe
to GRC website: www.grc.net
Sat Oct 10, 2015| 26-ذو الحجة-1436هـ
Several Russian cruise missiles crashed in Iran: US
Saudi leads region with $1 trillion construction projects
Hadi dismisses Houthi 'concessions' to Ban
Saudi Arabia denies striking Yemen wedding
Weaker oil to moderate UAE's growth this year
Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west
Saudi investment in foreign securities rises in August
Kuwaiti seeks Costa Rica's support to get non-Permanent UNSC seat
GCC market capitalisation declines to $944.1b in Sept
Arab Parl't urges joint action, extensive strategy to counter terrorism
Monorail plan back on track in Bahrain
Sixteen Iraqis killed, 20 injured in two attacks in Baghdad, Irbil
Qatar current account surplus may shrink to 6.2% of GDP in 2015: QNB
GCC culture ministers to meet in Doha
Family spending on healthcare lowest in Qatar
Houthis should first prove their sincerity
Libya at a watershed
Betting on Syria conflict thwarts dialogue in Lebanon
Enable Saudi women to start their own businesses
GCC Markets Performance – August 2015
GCC Earnings Review – 1H15
    GCC Press Agencies
Day's main stories from the GCC Press Agencies
    GRC Analysis
GCC and ASEAN: Charting Out the Horizon
Bright Future for Green Jobs in the GCC
Oman-ASEAN Relations
    GRC Commentary
Using the Iran Nuclear Accord to Advance Regional Security
Reduce your Footprint in Ramadan
A Gulf Perspective on the 'Obama Doctrine'
    GRC Press Release
Gulf Research Center press releases to the media
    GRC Publications
Disputed Islands between UAE and Iran: Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb in the Strait of Hormuz
Demography, Migration, and the Labour Market in Oman
The Gulf Arab Countries’ Foreign and Security Policies Post-Arab Uprisings: Toward Greater Regional Independence of the Middle East
    GRC Newsletters/Bulletins

Enter your email to get the Newsletter
Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Terms & Conditions | About Us |
Weather | Qibla Directions | Hijri Date Conversion Tool
Full Page :total time:0  |   44-- 44 Middle Page :0  --   | Right : 44 - 44--en--sess-enreq-en-coming