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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:36 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 | 9:26 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 | 5:22 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 | 6:12 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 | 1:35 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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Does Japan Need to Be Involved in the Middle East?

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2015 | 2:57 AM

I just returned from Tokyo, where I took part as a panelist at the G1 Global Conference.

The conference, attended by a handful of politicians, top business executives and global shapers, was held under the theme From 'Japan Passing' to 'Japan Rushing'. Sessions were dedicated to discussing a "re-set" in...

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The U.S. and Saudi Arabia: A 21st-Century Partnership

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 1:29 PM

In Feb. 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Abdulaziz al-Saud - the founder of modern-day Saudi Arabia - in a historic encounter onboard the USS Quincy over Egyptian waters.

That meeting would for seven decades shape the relationship (or rather the alliance) between the United States and...

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Can Today's Arab World Give Us Another Omar al-Sharif?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 7:47 AM

The Arabs are running out of their most valuable resource; and no, I don't mean oil. I am actually referring to a much more precious, truly irreplaceable resource: good, talented and internationally-experienced human capital.

Over the last few days, we have lost two men who are unlikely to ever...

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Are We Living Islam's Darkest Hour?

(132) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 4:25 AM

How much terrorism can the world take in 24 hours? Friday June 26, 2015 will certainly go down in history as a day that pushed the limit.

Just in case the daily dose of evil committed by the likes of ISIS or Iranian-backed militias in Syria and Iraq wasn't enough,...

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Je Suis...Nasser!

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:04 AM

ISIS isn't particularly known for its sense of humor or appreciation of comedy. As such, news that the militants have threatened to kill Saudi satirist Nasser Al-Qasabi wasn't especially shocking.

Al-Qasabi, a renowned Saudi actor, had poked fun at ISIS' terrorist ideology in a series of episodes from...

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Dubai Is the Florence of the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 9:53 AM

You can almost feel the vibe that once was when you walk through the streets of Florence. The architecture, the hundreds of old shops and the many magnificent landmarks, such as the Il Duomo, (which remains until this day, the largest brick-built dome in the world) speak volumes of how...

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Is It Called 'Terrorism' or 'Violent Extremism'?

(15) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 3:37 AM

The two recent attacks on mosques in eastern Saudi Arabia can't be labeled as anything but evil acts of terrorism. Now, such a classification seems obvious to most of us, as there isn't a term that is more expressive to describe these ideologically-driven, murderous attacks on a group of innocent...

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At the Dead Sea, Jordan's message was 'staying alive'

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:06 AM

Jordanians are not known to be the most cheerful among Arabs; in fact, their reputation is that they constantly frown and rarely smile.

Of course, this is a mere stereotype and probably an unfair exaggeration often used in the context of popular jokes; however, the harsh reality is that Jordanians...

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Why 'Operation: Decisive Storm' Was Needed in Yemen

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 8:40 AM

For far too long, the Iranian-backed Houthi movement was left to meddle in Yemen. Now, while one realizes that war should always be used as a last resort and that every effort to use political and peaceful means should be exhausted, the reality is time after time, Iran and its...

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HRW's Kenneth Roth Lambasted for Tweeting 'Fabricated' Photo of Saudi Arabia

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:09 AM

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth came under fire this week after posting a photo on Twitter in what users called a "fabricated" picture of Saudi Arabia.

Roth tweeted the said picture with a reference to an alleged story claiming that a Saudi girl victim of gang rape...

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Drones for Good: UAE Honors Peaceful-Purpose Innovators

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 12:28 PM

One of the highlights of last year's Government Summit, an annual international forum held in Dubai designed to help shape the future of governments, was the announcement that the UAE was set to introduce drones to help deliver ID cards, driving licenses and other permits to its residents....

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How Western Media Missed the Point About Saudi King Salman's 'First Ten Days'

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Saudi Arabia is definitely not without its faults. But many may not comprehend -- especially if they are not from the Kingdom nor are experts on its history, society and politics -- the significance of some of the landmark decrees issued by the newly inaugurated monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz...

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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

(0) 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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