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Welcome to the my podcast. The Middle East is a chain of links; What Happens in one-part impacts what happens in another; And what happens in the Middle East does not stay in the Middle East. I am pleased to share my decades of experience in Government, Senior Advisory, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism in Arab cities and communities throughout the region to help you connect the dots and build a three-dimensional picture of reality. From "building the database" to "real time updates," in th ...
 
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The killing of Iranian Al-Quds Force Commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani by the United States (January 3rd, 2020), launched a shock wave that ripples through the Middle East. Qassem Soleimani was the Al-Quds Force commander. The Al -Quds force is an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG). The IRG reports directly to Iran’s Supre…
 
In Part 1 of my three-part analysis, “Alarms on the Lebanese – Israel Border might be Last Wake-up Call for Western Leaders” (September 11, 2019), I explained and contextualized the events of September 1, 2019, on the Israeli Lebanese border. In Part 2, “Alarms on the Lebanese – Israeli Border (Part 2) Iran’s Hegemonic Modus Operandi” (September 13…
 
In Part 1 of this Series I explained and contextualized the events of September 1 on the Israeli Lebanese border. I ended the article by saying the following: "It is likely that yesterday’s short round between Israel and Hezbollah might be the last wake-up call for Western leaders. It should be clear that the potential for a severe, rapid escalatio…
 
On July 6, 2019 Qatari-owned Al Jazeera aired the first of a three-part show called "Media haven or hell? The paradox of journalism in Turkey" highlighting Turkey's brutal oppression of treatment of Turkish journalists and thinkers. The report aired while Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar was in Washington, DC meeting with US President Tr…
 
Iraq is one of eight active arenas of a massive power struggle between Iran and the Arab States. The other stages are the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, three Islands in the Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz, and the Iranian Nuclear Project. A cornerstone of Iran’s foreign policy is building and controlling a land corridor stretching from…
 
The Muslim Brotherhood Jamaat al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin, was founded in Egypt at the end of the 1920’sby Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian scholar, teacher and Iman (preacher). Today the Muslim Brotherhood is the largest mass movement in the Sunni Muslim world, with chapters in all Muslim states and in some non-Muslim states. The Jordanian branch of the Mus…
 
On Monday, June 24th the Iraqi Parliament approved the nomination of the following Ministers: General (Res.) Najah Hassan Ali al-Shammari to be Iraq’s Minister of Defense; Yassin Taher Hassan al-Yasiri to be Iraq’s Minister of Interior Affairs; and Farouk al-Shwani to be Iraq’s Minister of Justice. The Iraqi elections were held in May 2018. Since t…
 
The General Elections in Lebanon took place in May 2018. Since the elections, Iran has ordered The Lebanese Shi'ite Proxy, Hezbollah - a member of the Lebanese Parliament (with 13 Seats) - to veto the formation of the government. Iran recently gave Hezbollah the green light to approve the formation of a government. On the one hand, this indicates t…
 
Another significant direct Israel-Iranian military collision took place in Syria on January 20 and 21, 2019. The incident signals a change in the ground rules. What happened? Why? And what strategy can be employed to stabilize the arena and prevent further escalation?
 
As we enter 2019, the probability over the next year, of a large-scale military confrontation between Israel and Iranian proxies has significantly increased. In order to prevent that scenario these are my recommendations: The United States must employ and lead a strategy that is backed by major European factors that will focus on stabilizing the si…
 
President Trump's decision to withdraw US forces from Syria has accelerated the Arab world's rapprochement to Assad. But there is a price to pay...Who are the possible winners and who are the potential losers?
 
This is a recording of a conference call briefing I held on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in which I provided my immediate analysis of the ramifications of US President, Donald Trump's decision to withdraw United States forces from Syria.
 
British Radio Broadcaster, Gavin Ford was found dead last week outside of Beirut Lebanon. A British citizen, Ford had lived in Lebanon for more than twenty years. What is the connection of Ford's mysterious demise to Lebanese politics?
 
On the surface, the Reopening of the Nassib Border Crossing, connecting Syria and Jordan, which has been closed since 2015 might give the impression that the situation in Syria has stabilized and that Bashar al Assad, the President of Syria, has restored his sovereignty and control over the country. However, zooming in and zooming out helps you und…
 
On October 2, 2018 Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, entered the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey and has not been seen since. Who was he? And why does his disappearance offer us a glimpse into one of the central power Middle East power struggles?
 
This podcast explores the latest on the investigation of The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), an international tribunal established in March 2009, whose primary mandate is to hold trials for the people accused of carrying out the attack on February 14, 2005 which killed 22 people, including the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and…
 
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