Ominous Saudi-Iran Tensions

Diplomatic confrontation between two regional powers puts the Middle East at risk of greater chaos By Hichem Karoui |  Beijing Review | NO. 2 JANUARY 14, 2016 It was through a strange twist of fate that Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, declared the severing of his country’s diplomatic ties […]

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Chatting with my Chinese Friend (15): Confessional Politics

CCTV.com 01-06-2016 18:47 BJT By Hichem Karoui — The beheading of a Saudi Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, on January 2, sparked violence, and raised the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to a high level. A mob stormed the Saudi Embassy in Teheran and set fire to parts of […]

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A picture released and taken on November 30, 2015 by Turkish army press office shows Turkish soldiers carrying the coffin of Russian pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov into a Russian Air Force transport during a ceremony attended by officials of Russian army at Esenboga Airport in Ankara. Turkey sent back to Russia the body of a pilot killed when his plane was shot down by the Turkish air force for allegedly violating its air space on the Syrian border. AFP PHOTO/ TURKISH ARMY PRESS OFFICE

A Story of Tension

The downing of a Russian fighter plane sets off a number of chain reactions  By Hichem Karoui | Beijing Review, NO. 50 DECEMBER 10, 2015 On November 24, a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters when it was hit by an air-to-air missile. The plane […]

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Chatting with my Chinese friend (12): Do Arabs worry about climate change?

CCTV.com 12-01-2015 15:01 BJT By H Karoui As she watched thousands expressing their concern about climate change in cities of the globe on the eve of Paris UN conference,  my friend Chun Ling posed some interesting questions that I attempt to answer here. “Are people in Arab cities also worried […]

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Chatting with my Chinese friend (8): ‘Islam against Arabs?’

CCTV.com 10-27-2015 14:55 BJT By H Karoui “What is biggest problem facing Arabs today?” Yu asked. I am not sure which problem is biggest, I replied, but one of the biggest problems of Arab countries is their inability to take charge of the defense of their region, despite ranking among […]

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Chatting With My Chinese Friend (7): Seeing Damascus From Anshan

CCTV.com 10-13-2015 15:58 BJT By H. Karoui I left Beijing on October 3, and took the train for Anshan in Liaoning province, where I would spend some days with the Yu family. Before leaving Beijing, I watched again the news, Russia was pounding the cities of Syria.  In Moscow, they […]

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