Martin Jay is an award-winning British journalist based in Morocco where he is a correspondent for The Daily Mail (UK) who previously reported on the Arab Spring there for CNN, as well as Euronews. From 2012 to 2019 he was based in Beirut where he worked for a number of international media titles including BBC, Al Jazeera, RT, DW, as well as reporting on a freelance basis for the UK’s Daily Mail, The Sunday Times plus TRT World. His career has led him to work in almost 50 countries in Africa, The Middle East and Europe for a host of major media titles. He has lived and worked in Morocco, Belgium, Kenya and Lebanon.
Is the coronavirus, which has hit GCC countries quite hard, going to fuel proxy wars further with the economic objective of fortunes to be made, once the fighting stops?
Both in the West and in the Middle East, the “free” press is anything but free. It actually comes with a hefty price tag.
A breakaway faction from the Saudi-backed forces, supported by the UAE, wants independence for the South Yemen and to end the five year war with the Saudis. But this might start an entirely new war in Yemen.
China is likely to come out of this crisis as a winner who will capitalise on Trump’s rancorous political spoils.
Gulf Arab countries have nowhere to look for a bailout of their own private sector, like in the UAE, as the banks just can’t pull it off. New friendships can flourish as underdogs like Morocco come out winners. But what about Iran?
European Commission’s Directorate General of Health is a white elephant, which is why the EU has no real power – and therefore no cash – for healthcare, which is what the corona pandemic would fall under.
The move to send the Syrian refugees to the Greek border has merely opened old wounds on both sides and is unlikely to result in any kind of policy decisions in Idlib to counter Russia.
There are signs that von der Leyen’s appointment was a real gaffe by euro federalists as it becomes clear that the EU has no virus contingency plans.
It’s hard to see how Assad would continue to allow OPCW inspectors into Syria after the organisation has been “hijacked” by western interests who appear to go to extraordinary levels to falsify evidence to serve a narrative.
Erdogan soldiers on towards the abyss in a war which his troops cannot possibly win.