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Faisal J. Abbas
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

Arabs shouldn't celebrate Chilcot, nor be happy with Brexit

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2016 | 8:44 AM

Pity the Arabs, so desperate for a victory that many of us would even rush to celebrate a non-achievement, or even worse, an adversity. Two examples of this sad phenomenon emerged recently out of the United Kingdom: Brexit, where a slim majority of the British population voted to leave the...

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Attacking the Prophet's Mosque in Madina: Significance And Consequences

(12) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 6:29 PM

Just when you thought ISIS militants couldn't add anything more gruesome to their image, they proved us all wrong again on Tuesday when they targeted Prophet Mohammad's Mosque in Madinah. The Mosque (known in Arabic as al-Masjid al-Nabawi) is one of two holy shrines the kingdom hosts, and...

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Brexit: Has Europe's 'Arab Spring' Just Begun?

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 12:55 AM

'Brexit' bears too much resemblance to the 'Arab Spring' -- and unfortunately -- this is not meant in a good way. In fact, in terms of both pretext and the handling of the surprising outcome, there is just so much in common, that one can't but fear that the same...

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What do the Saudis want from America?

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 5:07 PM

Much has been said about Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ongoing visit to the United States. However, regardless of the intense speculation by some analysts about the tour's agenda; I think the trip should be seen as an insight into the new 'business as usual' in Saudi Arabia.

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God Bless America, Land of 'No Religious Tests'

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 6:04 AM

There is a lot one could disagree with when it comes to President Obama's foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. The situation today is far worse than it was when he first assumed office back in 2009.

In contrast, advocates of the so-called 'Obama Doctrine' would argue that everything...

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Following LGBT Attack, Muslims Must Unite And Say: You Are Not Alone, Florida!

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 1:17 PM

It certainly felt like I was back in the Middle East when I woke up yesterday in Washington DC to the dreadful news of the Florida nightclub shooting. After all, when one arrives in America, they expect to escape awful headlines of bigotry, discrimination and hatred.

Yet, the United States...

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From Russia With Love: Are Riyadh And Moscow Getting Closer?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:25 PM

I write this from my hotel room overseeing the Russian Foreign Ministry's iconic main building, a gigantic Stalinist-style skyscraper that was built as one of Moscow's famous "Seven Sisters" between 1947 and 1953. Having witnessed the rise and fall of the Soviet empire, the building has recently re-emerged as a...

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Financial Rewards Aside, the Uber Deal Actually Empowers Saudi Women!

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 5:30 AM

Saudi Arabia's $3.5 billion investment in global transportation company, Uber, grabbed headlines yesterday, and rightly so. After all, it was the largest single investment ever made in a private company. The generally mixed reactions were also understandable given that Saudi Arabia has numerous critics. However, one can't help...

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How to Prevent the Collapse of Egyptian Tourism

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 3:29 AM

Firstly, it is important to voice my solidarity with the families of the victims of last week's horrific EgyptAir crash. It is also important to voice my solidarity with the people of Egypt and its government during this tough time, which is indeed expected to aggravate the economic...

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Why President Obama Is Visiting a Different Saudi Arabia This Time

(7) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 6:04 AM

It's amazing how much can change in two years, and it is more amazing when we talk about a country where change has been historically slow, which has always been the case in Saudi Arabia. However, a changed kingdom is exactly what U.S. President Barack Obama is going to witness...

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The Arabs and President 'Two-Face' Obama: What Went Wrong?

(5) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 2:48 PM

Much has already been written in response to the collection of interviews with President Obama recently penned by Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic.

Given the unexpected criticism Obama directed towards almost all of his country's historic allies, it was no surprise that his remarks were received by a...

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Five Years Into Syria's Crisis, Riyadh Remains Vindicated

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 9:33 AM

As the fragile ceasefire helps the dust settle somewhat over Syria, it is time to take stock of who has stood firm through these turbulent years and who has wavered. There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia has been among the select few to have kept its position, despite the...

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Davos: With the Saudis absent, Zarif's fairy tales prevailed

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 5:58 AM

Iranian Foreign Secretary Mohammad Javad Zarif certainly got a free ride at this year's World Economic Forum. His views on the region went completely unchallenged in the absence of a counter-argument, and due to the format of his session, members of the audience were not able to ask...

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An Unshackled Iran Can Only Be Countered By a Firm Saudi Arabia

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:04 AM

With the nuclear deal sealed and sanctions lifted, an unshackled Iran is now a reality. The region - and the world at large - now holds its breath in anticipation of what kind of global player the Islamic Republic wants to be.

Not even the harshest critics of the deal...

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By Cutting Ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia Executed the 48th Terrorist

(26) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 6:13 AM

It was as if Saudi Arabia executed yet another terrorist when Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir announced the severing of ties with Iran.

In fact, one could argue that the Iranian regime resembles the single biggest terrorist threat, not just to Saudi Arabia and the region, but to global security as...

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Friday 13th: The Price France Had to Pay for Doing What's Right!

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 1:36 AM

Paris will never be the same after last night, and as the French mourn their dead - and we all mourn with them - the reality is that Friday 13 November will inevitably leave a permanent scar on the face of this beautiful city, just like 9/11 did to New...

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PM Trudeau, Many Best Wishes From the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 8:26 AM

Though it has only been a few days into his tenure, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be on an impressive track of restoring Canada's image as the fair, liberal, caring and proudly-diverse nation it was once perceived as, particularly among many in the Middle East.

Indeed, contrary to the...

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British FM Hammond Reassures Saudis It's 'Business as Usual'

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 4:22 AM

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has sent a strong message of reassurance that the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia remains "deep rooted," despite several recent media reports of tensions between Riyadh and London.

In an interview which I conducted with him for Al Arabiya News at the 11th...

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Sheikh Mohammad's 'Marshal Plan' May Be the Region's Last Chance

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 5:12 PM

I hate to sound pessimistic, but the Arab world's increasingly disastrous status leaves very little room for positivity. After all, what else could be said of the devastating wars tearing apart Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, a humiliating occupation in Palestine, severe divisions and intense corruption and unrest in Lebanon,...

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Did the Russians Just 'Invade' Syria?

(27) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:35 PM

"No," Assad-loyalists would rush to say when asked if the current Russian military build-up in Syria can be considered an "invasion" or indeed, a new foreign "occupation" of Arab lands.

To them, Assad is a "legitimate" leader and as such, he has the right to request outside intervention on behalf...

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