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Faisal J. Abbas
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Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s English website. He is an award-winning journalist, blogger, social commentator and author.

Faisal has been blogging with the Huffington Post since 2008, his contributions have received numerous recognitions and his work cited in various books and international media outlets. He is an expert on social media and its impact on the Middle Eastern societies, a topic which he is currently writing a book on.

Throughout his career which spans over a decade, he has worked as the Senior Middle East Correspondent for the International Resource Journal, a Media Editor for the London-based Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat and a producer/reporter for Lebanon’s Future Television.

Faisal comments regularly on Arab affairs for the likes of BBC, International Herald Tribune and CNN among others. He also gives frequent talks at the London School of Economics (LSE), Cambridge, SOAS.

He holds a Masters in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster (London) and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Journalism from the Lebanese American University (Beirut).

An alumnus of the US State Department IVP’s Edward R Murrow Program for Journalists, he was awarded in 2009 with “Cutting Edge” Prize at the annual Media Awards organized by London’s Next Century Foundation’s Media Council in recognition of his efforts in narrowing cultural gaps and countering misunderstanding. He is an associate member of the Cambridge Union Society, a member of the British Society of Authors (SoA) and the National Union of Journalist (NUJ).

Entries by Faisal J. Abbas

How to Win the Ideological War Against ISIS

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 1:49 AM

There has been a surge in voices critical of the coalition air strikes against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Indeed, some critics have voiced concerns over the likelihood of accidently targeting civilians whilst others have refuted the whole idea, arguing that the...

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Rotherham: When the excuse is uglier than the sin

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Perhaps there is nothing that can better describe the horrific revelations that emerged as a result of the recent Rotherham scandal in the United Kingdom than the famous Arabic saying: "The excuse is uglier than the sin." Indeed, to learn that as many as 1,400 children were sexually abused between...

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Welcome Back, President Obama!

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 1:46 PM

It is as if a whole new Barack Obama has emerged over the past few days. Indeed, anyone who has read his recent interview with Thomas Friedman and more importantly listened to his statement regarding the ongoing U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in Iraq is right to question whether this...

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In Response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:33 AM

In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.

However, to Mr. Cockburn's credit, at least he didn't pretend to be unbiased...

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How UAE Water Aid Can Potentially Help 2 Billion Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:10 AM

The recently launched UAE Water Aid campaign is aiming to assist 5 million people in desperate need of clean water around the world, but the actual beneficiaries might well be the entire global Muslim population of 2 billion people.

This would certainly be the case if we look...

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Maliki Is a New Saddam, and It's America's Fault

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Many American Iraq war veterans must be disappointed; after all, they didn't risk their lives for all those years so that the country they believed they were helping liberate can fall into the hands of extremists.

However, what most of them failed to realize is that Iraq had already been...

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What Dubai Can Learn from Rome and the Korean Wave

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 7:16 AM

Dubai was recently ranked the best in the whole world when it came to hotels and shopping experiences, according to a survey conducted last month by popular travel review website, TripAdvisor. As such, Dubai has defeated long-standing champions such as London, New York and Paris as well as...

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Arabs, Bribes and World Cup Failures

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Whilst unfortunate, it is certainly not surprising that this is the second consecutive World Cup where only one Arab football team -- Algeria -- managed to qualify. While most Arabs probably wish the Algerian team the best of luck, very few of us expect them to deliver miracles in Brazil.

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An Open Letter to President Sisi

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:25 PM

His Excellency Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Dear Sir,

I write to you today not as a journalist, but as a truly concerned Arab citizen and an avid lover of Egypt, its people, history and culture.

First, allow me to congratulate you, the Egyptian people and...

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Should GCC States Take Qatar's Charm Offensive Seriously?

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 5:58 AM

There might not have been a better opportunity for Qatar to find its way back to the bosom of its neighbors than the last GCC foreign ministers meeting in Riyadh. The extraordinary summit, which is owed to enormous Kuwaiti diplomatic efforts, succeeded in creating a chance of normalizing...

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On the British media coverage of the attack on the three UAE tourists

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 6:02 AM

It was interesting to observe how the British media dealt with last week's "hammer attack" against three Emirati women at a Central London hotel.

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Often a point of reference to many when it comes to professionalism, most British dailies and news channels covered...

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What Awaits Obama in Riyadh?

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 7:02 PM

All eyes are definitely going to be on Riyadh this week, where U.S. President Barack Obama will be meeting with the Saudi leadership on March 28.

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There is no doubt about it: this highly-anticipated meeting comes at a time which is...

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Introducing the Middle East's very own "Joe the Plumber"

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Little did that Egyptian woman know that her spontaneous rant against the U.S. president would be repeated by so many, and that her words would be rejigged into a techno remix that would go viral within days.

In broken English, the lady passionately shouted: "Listen your...

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Qatar's 'Small State Syndrome'

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 6:03 PM

In psychology, the term "Napoleon complex" or "short man syndrome" usually refers to men of short stature who are characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behavior. It is believed that the behavior of these men is compensatory for their stature.

Most of us probably know people who suffer from this...

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What Rouhani Didn't Say in Davos

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 7:29 PM

Very few people paid attention to what Iranian President Hassan Rouhani actually said as he took the stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s annual meeting in Davos.

Given his elegant robes, turban, radiant smile, soft-spoken approach and carefully chosen words, I can understand why an international audience...

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Egypt PM Pledges No Return to Military Rule

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:05 PM

In Davos, Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi faces an enormous challenge heading his country's official delegation at the Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum.

Accompanied by his Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy, Finance Minister Ahmed Galal, Investment Minister Osama Saleh and veteran 'Davosian' Amr Moussa (formerly the...

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Lessons From South Korea

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Having just returned from Seoul, where I attended the 10th annual Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum, I am more convinced than ever that the way forward for us as Arabs lies in contemplating the success story happening in the East rather than the West.

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When Driving Affects Ovaries: A Call to Regulate Fatwas

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 9:44 AM

It did not take long for those recent statements, which suggested that driving might negatively affect women's ovaries, for Saudi Shaikh Saleh Bin Saad al-Luhaydan to become the focus of news headlines around the world.

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Al Arabiya English published an article on...
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Saudi Women Must Drive More Than Just Cars!

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:51 PM

The head of the Saudi religious police, Sheikh Abdulatif al-Sheikh, recently made public statements revealing that there was nothing in Shariah Law that prohibits women from driving.

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Caption: Al Arabiya English published a story regarding the Saudi women driving ban last...

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Giving Assad a License to Kill

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Of all American politicians, it is Senator John McCain who seems to really "get it" when it comes to dealing with the Assad regime.

When an American strike seemed imminent a fortnight ago; he warned that a 'cosmetic' assault will not do the job as he criticized President Obama for...

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