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Ali Younes
Ali Younes is Journalist, writer, and news editor based in Washington, D.C. He is a veteran of American mainstream news media where he worked in Print and in a major news broadcast organization. He is member of Washington Association of Arab Journalists and listed as one of the US State Department's Middle East analysts and experts, and a former US Central Command analyst. He is also a contributing analyst for several Arabic, American and International news channels such as al Jazeera, Fox News, CNN, BBC and others.
His columns appeared in major US and international publications such as the Chicago Sun Times,Chicago Tribune, and the USA today and others.

Entries by Ali Younes

Tunisia: Parliamentary Elections Will Decide the Future of Democracy, Stability

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:38 PM

As the Tunisian elections are scheduled to take place next Sunday, political groups and parties are gearing up for a battle they described as "transformative moment" in the history of Tunisia. Political, civic and religious leaders all told me during in the capital Tunis in the past two days that...

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Jordanian Officials Fail to Respond to Israeli Shooting of Amman Judge

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 8:39 PM

Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed Jordanian judge on Monday at the Allenby bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank after reportedly arguing with Israeli border guards on his way back to Amman from the West Bank. Official Israeli statements claimed that the judge "tried to seize the...

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Is the Egyptian Military Going Mad?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:36 PM

A rational and sane person would think that the Egyptian military would come back to its senses after it became the source of international ridicule after its top leaders announced that they have found a cure for AIDS and the Hepatitis C Viruses, but that's not the case so far....

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Jordanian Lawmaker Accused of Being an American Spy for Seeking Political Reform, Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:22 PM

When Jordanian lawmaker Mustafa Hamarneh said last week that "Jordanian tribes should not be politically mobilized to advance political agendas" or to be "used in the public space other than being part of the social fabric and a social institution." It caused a firestorm of protests and attacks that accused...

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Why Jesus Is Fair-Skinned While Satan Is Arab

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 12:35 AM

The Bible series which premiered last March on the History Channel is just another example of how Hollywood often distorts reality in such ways to reinforce negative stereotypes about Arabs, Muslims and people of color in general. In the series, and its film version, Son of God Jesus was portrayed...

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Will the Jordanian Parliament Expel the Israeli Ambassador From Amman?

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:45 PM

A resolution to that end may be just sound and fury.

A large majority of Jordanian Members of Parliament (MPs) voted last week to pass a resolution to force the government to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman over Israeli settlers attacks and attempts to occupy the...

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The Great Game in Syria

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 1:10 PM

The visit by U.S. secretary of state John Kerry to Russia earlier this week gave hope that an imminent diplomatic breakthrough in Syria is on the horizon. The reason for this hope is the realization that military solution in Syria has proved much more difficult than expected. The Syrian army...

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The Boston Marathon Bomber Should Be Tried for His Crimes, Not His Religion or Ethnicity

(12) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:13 PM

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the American political environment is increasingly moving toward placing Islam itself on public trial not the actions of those who committed the crime. Mainstream American media outlets are increasingly focusing the suspects' faith and whether he was radicalized here at home or...

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Between Rational and Strange: Jordanian Analysts Take on the King's Interview With The Atlantic

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:15 PM

Jeffery Goldberg's famous last month interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan in The Atlantic, "Monarch in the Middle" was the subject of intrigue and analysis by Jordanian analysts and journalists. This is because the King's statements in Goldberg's article, although not new, have rattled many entrenched power...

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Language, Culture Can Have Dire Political Consequences for the King of Jordan

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:35 PM

When the April issue of the Atlantic published an article by its national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg about his interview and impressions of King Abdullah of Jordan, Jordan was swept in a political storm that has yet to quiet down. The problem isn't with what the king actually said...

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Is Obama Turning His Back on Peace in the Middle East?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 3:59 PM

On Tuesday President Barack Obama embarked on his least anticipated trip to the Middle East that will take him to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan.

Unlike his 2009 visit to Cairo where he delivered his famous address to the Arab and Muslim world, this visit will lack any...

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A Hero and a Villain: The Arab World's Infatuation With Hugo Chavez

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 2:12 PM

When the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed away last week, the public in the Arab world felt as if they lost one of their own. Chavez who ruled Venezuela for 14 years did make a huge impact on the lives of ordinary Venezuelans and at the same time made...

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Syrian Citizens Are Pressed Between the Regime's Rock and the Rebels' Hard Place

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 6:14 PM

For those who follow the bloody events in Syria in the past two years, it is clear that there is no doubt that the regime of Bashaar al Assad is responsible for killing tens of thousands of Syrian citizens and destroying much of the country's infrastructure. But to say that...

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