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Nehad Ismail, Middle East Writer

Nehad Ismail is a writer and broadcaster, who writes about issues related to the Middle East from his home in London.

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Why King Abdullah II Is Angry With Mr. Netanyahu
Nehad Ismail rebuts the letter by Nurit Greenger, Letter to King of Jordan, reminding Nurit of the facts as they exist now and not 2000 years ago.
18:00 Sep 28, 2015 PST
'Democratic Transitions' Conversations with World Leaders: Book Review
Nehad Ismail reviews Democratic Transitions, an important book that makes a huge contribution to the subject of democracy, freedoms and human rights.
00:35 Sep 27, 2015 PST
Prisoners of Geography: Book Review
The book deals with contemporary issues such as ISIS and how it is spreading geographically in Iraq and Syria. Geographical and political borders don't mean much to ISIS.
13:56 Aug 26, 2015 PST
In Iran, The Regime Executes Women and Children
The mullahs regime condones and prescribes torture, on men, women and children, and the world powers think they can appease and negotiate with such monsters.
07:14 Jun 20, 2015 PST
Why Don't I Trust Ed Miliband With International Strategic Issues?
Ed Miliband should accept responsibility for hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria, because he prefers to play politics than to take action.
07:36 May 5, 2015 PST
A Nuclear Deal That Leaves Many Questions Unanswered
Information about the US nuclear deal with Iran shows that negotiators did not follow up on important questions, making it appear like a weak deal.
06:40 Apr 4, 2015 PST
ISIS, Iran and Syria Are the Main threats to Global Security in 2015
Nehad Ismail reviews what is going on in the Middle East, and sees continuing instability, other than in a few islands of stability such as Jordan.
04:23 Mar 11, 2015 PST
More Chaos, Massacres and Mayhem During 2015 in the Middle East
Nehad Ismail studies the prospects for 2015 in the Middle East. Sadly, it looks like more of the same, deceit, death, destruction and dumb moves.
03:44 Mar 2, 2015 PST
Who is to Blame for the Plummeting Oil Prices?
Nehad Ismail has a special investigation into the falling prices of oil. Everyone blames Saudi Arabia, but there are other fundamental factors behind the crash.
16:17 Feb 3, 2015 PST
ISIS Is An Iranian Syrian Project And Has Nothing To Do With The CIA Or Mossad
Nehad Ismail investigates CIA-ISIS and Mossad-ISIS conspiracy theories, and Assad-ISIS and Iran-ISIS linkages.
05:11 Dec 29, 2014 PST
Is Obama Helping Iran to Build a Nuclear Arsenal?
Obama foreign policy is a mess, with Iran racing towards nuclear capability. Obama is either helping facilitate that or he is completely outclassed.
04:36 Nov 14, 2014 PST
Obama Has Sold Out the Syrian People Through Secret Agreement with Iran
Nobody believes a word that Obama says. His empty promises, insincere red lines and waffling show the US is a toothless tiger that can be kicked at will.
04:44 Nov 7, 2014 PST
Jordan Joins The War Against ISIS
Jordanian warplanes carried out a bombing raid in Syria on Wednesday as part of a second day of US-led air strikes against the ISIS terrorist group.
02:12 Sep 28, 2014 PST
Al Qaeda on Israel's Doorstep: The Manipulation of Quneitra by the Assad Regime
Quneitra, a ruined border crossing town between Syria and Israeli controlled territories of the Golan Heights is a pawn in a game between Assad and militants.
06:04 Sep 11, 2014 PST
The Thug of Baghdad Has Fallen at Last
Maliki, the disaster, played for time, accused President Fuad Masum of violating the constitution, and withdrew only under huge pressure by former allies.
05:49 Aug 19, 2014 PST
Inside The Arab Revolution - a Book By Koert Debeuf
Inside The Arab Revolution is an important contribution to the debate surrounding the Arab spring. It will be a reference for studying the Arab World and the history of the Arab revolution 2011-2014.
07:07 Jul 28, 2014 PST
Evidence of Iran's Collusion with al Qaeda and ISIS to Help Assad's Regime
ISIS suddenly emerged in Syria, at a time when the collapse of Assad's regime seemed imminent. The emergence of ISIS saved the Syrian regime by threatening the world with an alternative terrorist regime would replace Assad's.
14:11 Jul 11, 2014 PST
Can The Media Be Objective When Reporting Massacres?
Nehad Ismail reports on ethics in media, after attending a media ethics conference in London. The controversial points of objectivity, neutrality and accuracy were discussed.
05:26 Jun 3, 2014 PST
Iran's Unrelenting and Blatant Nuclear Mendacity
Nehad Ismail asks whether the Smiling Rouhani can be believed or trusted, over the issue of Iran's nuclear program, saying they have no intention of scaling back.
16:49 May 13, 2014 PST
Who is Fighting Whom in Syria?
Nehad Ismail investigates the groups fighting in Syria and concludes there are three main categories. Nothing is black and white in this mess.
18:06 Apr 5, 2014 PST
Obama Has Some Explaining to Do in Saudi Arabia
Nehad Ismail says Obama has disappointed the Saudis, with his insipid ever-changing weal foreign policy in the Middle East, ignoring the rise of forces controlled by Russia and Iran.
15:56 Mar 24, 2014 PST
How Did King Abdullah Save Jordan from the Arab Spring Hurricane?
Nehad Ismail reviews the reason that Jordan not only looks stable, but is stable, as violence, destruction and chaos takes place all around.
04:18 Mar 16, 2014 PST
The Rise of Al Arabiya and the Decline of Al-Jazeera Arabic
Nehad Ismail looks at the fall of Al-Jazeera Arabic and the rise of Al Arabiya, as middle eastern regimes increasing call Al-Jazeera their enemy.
13:38 Mar 8, 2014 PST
How to Neutralize Russia's Shameful Vetoes Over Syria?
Nehad Ismail looks at the mess in Syria and says the second round of Geneva 2 talks ended in failure, a predictable outcome, given Russia's backing of Assad.
04:03 Feb 18, 2014 PST
Syrian Regime Cannot Be Trusted and Must Go
The regime also lied to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General when they promised not to target civilians, but they did the exact opposite.
04:53 Feb 7, 2014 PST
Another Lebanese Fierce Critic of Bashar al Assad Has Been Killed
Chatah, a Sunni Muslim, opposed to Hezbollah's political and military role in Lebanon, was on his way to attend a meeting when the explosion occurred.
21:48 Dec 30, 2013 PST
The Nuclear Deal with Iran A Fudge and a Flawed Compromise?
Would appeasing Iran work in easing tensions in the region? Can the world trust Iran? Historical evidence suggests otherwise.
00:18 Nov 27, 2013 PST
King of the Sands Film Review
King of the Sands is a biopic of Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman Al Saud, also known as 'Ibn Saud', an emir of the central Arabian Al Saud clan and founder of the present-day kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
20:36 Sep 16, 2013 PST
Ed Miliband's Cynical Tactics Encourage the Syrian Regime to Kill More Syrians
The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus last month, Secretary of State John Kerry says.
15:54 Sep 7, 2013 PST
President Obama's Red Line is Turning Yellow
The Syrian National Coalition claims toxic gas was used by President Bashar al Assad's forces during a bombardment of rebel-held areas outside the Syrian capital.
15:02 Aug 25, 2013 PST
Breaking The Impasse: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations In Peril
Nehad Ismail comments on the difficult peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, the outcome of which is, as always, uncertain.
18:15 Aug 15, 2013 PST
Iraqi Government Announces Closure of Al Jazeera Arabic
Al Jazeera Arabic and Nine Other TV Channels are the Victims of Iraq Media Mayhem
10:25 May 8, 2013 PST
Is the Syrian Regime Facing Defeat?
The belief that the US and allies can do more to support Syrian rebels strengthened in recent days after Syrian opposition groups agreed to form a united front to topple the Assad regime.
08:17 Dec 14, 2012 PST
Syria Destabilizing Lebanon By Assassination
To neutralise Hezbollah, to weaken Iran, to save Lebanon and to save the Syrian people, the regime of Bashar al Assad must be dismantled, by military force if necessary
19:05 Oct 24, 2012 PST
Kofi Annan Mission to Save Bashar al Assad is Doomed
If the status quo continues to prevail, the non-existent Al-Qaeda presence in Syria, will become a reality and complicate the picture and give the regime the perfect pretext
10:52 May 28, 2012 PST
The One-State Solution - The Only Viable Option
Former Knesset Speaker Avrum Burg endorsed the one-state solution in an article in Haaretz in December 2011, and called on the entire left to do the same.
18:28 Mar 7, 2012 PST
Why Does Russia Support the War Criminals of Syria?
Russia is still refusing to condemn the war crimes committed by the Syrian regime. The Security Council seems impotent to act to stop the massacres perpetrated by Bashar Al Assad's thugs against the pro-democracy protesters.
16:50 Jan 18, 2012 PST
King Abdullah of Jordan Urges Bashar Al Assad of Syria to Step Down
King Abdullah of Jordan has recently urged Bashar al Assad of Syria to step down, but what about reforms in Jordan itself? King Abdullah II of Jordan has been the first Arab Leader to tell Syria's Assad to step down.
13:14 Nov 20, 2011 PST
Is Iran Developing New Nuke Warhead?
The report by the (IAEA) will identify a suspect site where warhead components have been tested. This report is considered the most detailed presentation to date of its evidence for recent nuclear weapons research in Iran.
07:23 Nov 13, 2011 PST
Death of a Tyrant: Gaddafi is Dead
'Muammar Gaddafi is dead. The tyrant was killed at his home town of Sirte when he was overrun by fighters seeking to complete the eight-month uprising in,' said the interim Prime Minister of Libya.
14:01 Oct 21, 2011 PST
9/11 Will Not Be Repeated; Al-Qaeda is Doomed
Al-Qaeda is too weak to mount a major attack against the US in the future. The terror group has been emasculated and is not in a position to carry out spectacular operations.
13:57 Sep 12, 2011 PST
'Al Baath and Al Shabbiha' The Two Most Hated Nouns in Syria
The term Shabbiha means in Arabic 'ghostlike' or 'Phantoms' with evil intentions. In reality they are groups of sinister thugs who appear from nowhere like ghosts and proceed to kill and maim demonstrators. Al Shabbiha direct their violence agai
05:17 Sep 5, 2011 PST
Muslim Women Now Become Preachers of Islam
At the other end of the spectrum we have the Kuwaiti Muslim thinker Salwa al-Mutairi who according to Front Page Magazine (6th June 11) has called for the re-introduction of sex-slaves into Arab society.
12:46 Jul 6, 2011 PST
Bashar al Assad President of Syria is Paralyzed
The regime seems unable to comprehend that massacres trigger uprisings, bloody sectarianism, external intervention, sanctions and International Criminal Court proceedings. The choice was clear reform or repression. Bashar chose the latter.
08:58 May 16, 2011 PST
Options to End Gaddafi's Nightmare
The recently announced deployment of Predator drones might help but will not protect civilians in the urban areas of Misrata and Tripoli. I am not a military expert, but this is my gut feeling based on armchair observations.
09:33 Apr 23, 2011 PST
Notes from Ramallah 1939: Memoirs of a 22 Year Old American Girl
Nancy and her fellow teacher Gertrude travelled east of the River Jordan. This quote sums up what Jordan was like over 70 years ago. 'Transjordan is a country of Bedouins. People stared at us because women hardly ever go on the street.
15:11 Apr 14, 2011 PST
Is Time Running Out for The Syrian Regime?
Most observers believe that stability and slogans are not enough to stop the popular revolution. Although the recent protests are limited in scale compared to Egypt and Yemen, they could escalate.
14:06 Mar 25, 2011 PST
Gaddafi Needs Some Training in Public Speaking
Don't you think that a man with immense wealth and power should have advisors, PR experts and Spin doctors to guide him how to conduct himself in dealing with the media and how to speak.
06:18 Mar 7, 2011 PST
Al-Qhaddafi's Speech Marks the Tragic End of A Dictatorial Dynasty
His rambling incoherent utterances were full of obscene adjectives used liberally to taint the demonstrators and protestors. He said they were vermin, they were rats, drug addicts, and they were infested with lice.
06:30 Feb 26, 2011 PST
Jordan Says 'Yes' to Reforms and 'No' for Change of Regime
Jordan is not ruled by a tyrant like Libya. Jordan's Parliamentary System is far from perfect but is functioning well under difficult circumstances.
16:13 Feb 18, 2011 PST
Is Jordan's Special Role in Jerusalem a Casualty of Al-Jazeera Leaks?
According to a leaked document Saeb Erekat, the Chief Palestinian negotiator said to his Israeli interlocutors that 'we reject any Jordanian role over Jerusalem holy sites'.
16:11 Jan 28, 2011 PST
Jordan is Definitely Not An Alternative Home for The Palestinians
A year later on 5th December several far right political thugs met in a conference in Israel and repeated the same old discredited mantra that Jordan is the alternative homeland for the Palestinians.
05:58 Dec 12, 2010 PST
Jordan is Right in Offering Disaster Assistance to Israel
We call on Israel to withdraw to pre 1967 borders and to enter into meaningful serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians. We reject the confiscation of Palestinian land and the policy of home demolitions. We dislike the manoeuvrings of Netany
06:56 Dec 4, 2010 PST
Islamists in Jordan are Crying Foul
The Jordan Parliamentary Election was a Triumph Islamic parties fail to derail elections.
15:11 Nov 20, 2010 PST
Jordan a Safe Haven for Christians in The Middle East
The recent massacre of Christian worshippers in The Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad Iraq has received a great deal of publicity and world-wide condemnation. Very little was heard from Arab States and Muslim religious leaders.
14:54 Nov 8, 2010 PST
Is It a White Elephant and a Costly Irrelevance?
As usual it is much easier to be negative and critical than be positive offering remedies. I for one don't wish to be in the shoes of those responsible for running the much maligned channel.
15:34 Oct 4, 2010 PST
Media Myths: Does the US control the Arab Media?
Objective observers of the Pan-Arab media scene know very well that the media is sometimes used to achieve certain political ends or to promote a particular viewpoint.
14:05 Aug 26, 2010 PST
Muslims Don't Need a New Mosque
I am a Muslim; I don't want a mosque in New York President Obama, please get real. You are fighting the wrong battle.
11:37 Aug 15, 2010 PST
The Syrian Regime is Not About to Collapse
Despite the urgent need for reforms, most Syrians have no stomach for regime change, Nehad Ismail explains why.
11:35 Jul 31, 2010 PST
Arab Satellite Broadcasting: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Nehad Ismail takes a look at the chaotic state of Arab Satellite Channels.
10:09 Jul 24, 2010 PST
If Only The Bunglers of Damascus Had Listened
The intention behind this article is to set the record straight and to correct the distortions of Rifaat's role in Syria.
07:32 Jun 14, 2010 PST
The Syrian Opposition is in Disarray
The question which is often asked is can the young Ribal Al-Assad unify the opposition and achieve real change in Syria?
17:44 May 18, 2010 PST
Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda CEO Uses Sex to Attract New Recruits
Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-day strike next Monday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife.
07:12 Apr 15, 2010 PST
The Bully and the Pest
In conclusion and in the 21st century no one has to put up with bullying or sexual harassment at the work-place. The days when the boss can get away with bad behaviour are over.
07:11 Apr 3, 2010 PST
Why Women Choose to Wear Niqab
Some call it Niqab and some call it Burqa. It is the full head to toe cover that Muslim women wear. There is no requirement in the Koran to wear this full cover. It is the Muslim men who coerce women to do so.
16:15 Mar 19, 2010 PST
After 40 Years is Libya a Democracy Or a Police State?
When I received the invitation by e-mail from the Conservative Arab Network to attend the book launch, I thought to myself 'I hope this is not another sycophantic book about Libya's dictator'.
16:08 Mar 14, 2010 PST

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