Sudanese president holds talks with Egyptian counterpart in Cairo The National Jan 27, 2019 January 27, 2019 SHARE facebook shares SHARE President Omar Al Bashir on Sunday accused protesters in Sudan of trying to copy the Arab uprisings of 2011 and said the problems facing his country were being exaggerated. Speaking in Cairo after talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Mr Al Bashir blamed "harmful organisations" for working to destabilise the region. "We do not claim there is no problem, but it is not of the size or dimensions that some of the media portray," he said at a press conference with the Egyptian president. "This is an attempt to copy the Arab Spring in Sudan, these are the same slogans and appeals and the very wide use of social media sites." Mr Al Bashir is facing the strongest challenge to his rule since seizing power in 1989, with near daily protests staged across the country after his … [Read more...] about Omar Al Bashir says Sudan protesters trying to copy Arab Spring
Sudan missed out on the Arab spring, but that may be changing. Protests against Omar al-Bashir, the indicted war criminal who has dominated the country for 29 years, are becoming a daily occurrence. Street-level unrest, sparked by rising bread and fuel prices, began last month and spread quickly. But the focus of demonstrators, their ranks swollen by teachers, lawyers and doctors, has switched to Bashir himself. They want him gone. Bashir’s response has been predictably repressive. And the president may succeed in battering his critics into silence, as in the past. But the causes of the unrest cannot be bludgeoned away: a struggling economy, low investment, high unemployment, corruption, bad governance and a potentially disastrous lack of opportunity for new generations of young people. In this respect, Sudan has a lot in common with other Arab countries. Recent weeks have seen protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and Morocco. Once again, the political temperature is … [Read more...] about Will corruption, cuts and protest produce a new Arab spring?
In his new autobiography, the Dubai Ruler reveals that the Syrian president and then leader of Libya sought to replicate the city, but failed to understand the hard work and determination involved James Langton Jan 15, 2019 January 15, 2019 SHARE SHARE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid advised dictators Bashar Al Assad and Muammar Qaddafi on the adoption of the Dubai model of success prior to their countries being wracked by conflict in the aftermath of the Arab The inside story of the UAE’s desperate attempts to head off conflicts in the Middle East have been revealed in My Story, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai's new autobiography. Before becoming president, Mr Al Assad spoke with Sheikh Mohammed about his hopes for Syria. On a visit to Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed drove Mr Al Assad around the emirate and they eventually strolled around one of the city’s department stores. “No one bothered us,” he … [Read more...] about Sheikh Mohammed advised Assad and Qaddafi on Dubai model of success before Arab uprisings
A red carpet was unrolled on the tarmac at Damascus International Airport on Sunday to welcome Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the first Arab head of state to visit Syria since the outbreak of the rebellion that turned into a nationwide conflict in March 2011. Pro-government media outlets trumpeted the news, with the hashtag: “More are yet to come.” Welcoming him was President Bashar al-Assad, who Bashir had called on to step down eight years ago. The visit raised eyebrows both within government circles and among the Syrian opposition, with speculation about its timing, content and potential outcomes. A Saudi envoy? Three years ago, Bashir broke ties with Iran, which backs Assad, firmly aligning himself with the Saudi regional camp. And his rhetoric in recent years has echoed the prevailing Arab stance toward the Syrian president. “Bashar al-Assad won’t leave; he will get killed,” Bashir declared in March 2014. Two years later, in April … [Read more...] about Sudanese president visits Damascus, signaling Arab thaw
Tamer Fakahany, Associated Press Updated 1:27 am CDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 FILE - In this May 17, 2001 file photo, then President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, right, speaks with his younger brother Qusay, at a Baath party meting in Baghdad, Iraq. Uday was feared and reviled for his violent, maniacal and unbalanced tendencies and was accused of multiple rapes. The quieter Qusay was thought to be Saddam’s preference to succeed him. The killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul by agents believed to be close the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has cast him into the ruthless and pitiless pantheon of sons of the Arab World’s most infamous tyrants. less FILE - In this May 17, 2001 file photo, then President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, right, speaks with his younger brother Qusay, at a Baath party meting in Baghdad, Iraq. Uday was feared and reviled for ... more … [Read more...] about Saudi prince joins pantheon of incendiary Arab rulers’ sons