Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE SECOND SAUDI DYNASTY MBS'S RESET BUTTON By Ghassan Kadi 11 November 2017

THE SECOND SAUDI DYNASTY: MBS'S RESET BUTTON
By Ghassan Kadi 11 November 2017

MBS pushed himself to the point of no return, all the while others like Bandar are lurking and waiting to pounce. Here’s Ghassan’s thoughts and speculations about this intriguing and fast-changing situation.
http://thesaker.is/the-second-saudi-dynasty-mbss-reset-button/

Friday, November 10, 2017

SOME OF THE ARTICLES ON HARIRI AND SAUDI ARABIA GHASSAN KADI HAS WRITTEN SINCE 2011

With Hariri and Saudi Arabia a hot topic currently I thought I would go through and find some of the work Ghassan Kadi has done on this.

SOME OF THE ARTICLES ON HARIRI AND SAUDI ARABIA GHASSAN KADI WROTE SINCE 2011

At the time Ghassan wrote all these articles no one indigenous to Lebanon and Syria and writing regularly in the English language was talking about things the way he was.

Now these things are common place probably.

There are 30 articles here that I could find but many things were written by Ghassan in groups too.

Specifically about HARIRI


The Fall and Fall of Hariri 5 Nov 2017
http://thesaker.is/the-fall-and-the-fall-of-hariri/


This one was in February 2016 and just a few weeks before General Rifi turned against him.

Lebanon’s 14th of March Marches into Oblivion.18 February 2016
http://thesaker.is/lebanons-14th-of-march-marches-into-oblivion/

Saad Hariri. 29 June 2011
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/saad-hariri-by-ghassan-kadi-june-2011.html

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The Second Saudi Dynasty MBS's Reset Button 11 November 2017

The Enigmatic Mohamed Bin Salman. 7 Nov 2017
http://thesaker.is/the-enigmatic-mohamed-bin-salman/

The Fall and Fall of Hariri 5 Nov 2017
http://thesaker.is/the-fall-and-the-fall-of-hariri/

Mohomed Bin Salman’s Do or Don’t Dilemma. 19 Oct 2-17
http://thesaker.is/mohamed-bin-salmans-do-or-dont-dilemma/

Bin Laden Remembers; the Rise of The Jihadi Spring. 6 September 2017
http://thesaker.is/bin-laden-remembered-the-rise-of-the-jihadi-spring/

The Muslim Spring Take II 6 July 2017
http://thesaker.is/the-muslim-spring-take-ii/

A Muslim Spring. 12 June 2017
http://thesaker.is/a-muslim-spring/

Trump’s Show Me The Money World Tour 2 June 2017 https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2017/06/trumps-show-me-money-world-tour-by.html

Al Saud’s Only Gamble 22 May 2017
http://thesaker.is/al-sauds-only-gamble-option/

Mohamed Bin Salman: The accidental Saudi “King” 10 May 2016
http://thesaker.is/mohamed-bin-salman-the-accidental-saudi-king/

Lebanon’s 14th of March Marches into Oblivion. 18 February 2016
http://thesaker.is/lebanons-14th-of-march-marches-into-oblivion/

The Mohamed Bin Salman Dilemma; 2 August 2015
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-mohamed-bin-slaman-dilemma-throne.html

Breaking News Breaks Saudi Plans. Translation, Interpretation and Analysis 31 July 2015
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2015/07/breaking-news-breaks-saudi-plans.html

The Imploding House of Saud Part vi. 5 October 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-imploding-house-of-saud-part-vi.html

The Imploding House of Saud Part iv. 4 October 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-imploding-house-of-saud-part-v-by.html

The Imploding House of Saud Part iii October 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-imploding-house-of-saud-part-iii-by.html

The Imploding House of Saud Part iii. 2 October 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-imploding-house-of-saud-part-iii-by.html

The Imploding House of Saud Part ii. 1 October 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-imploding-house-of-saud-part-ii-by.html

The Imploding House of Saud Part 1. 30 September 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-imploding-house-of-saud-part-i-by.html

The Wind of Change Hitting Saudi Arabia. 13 September 2014
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-wind-of-change-hitting-saudi-arabia.html

Bandar’s Last Stand 24 December 2013
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2014/02/bandars-last-stand-by-ghassan-kadi-24.html

Saudi for Dummies. 26 November 2013
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2016/04/saudi-for-dummies-by-ghassan-kadi-26.html

Bandar; The Man Who Would Not Be King. 23 October 2013
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/10/bandar-man-who-would-not-be-king-by.html

The Shift of Saudi Arabia from the USA. 23 October 2013
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2016/04/shift-of-saudi-arabia-from-usa-23.html

Bandar’s Gamble. Sept 2013
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/bandars-gamble-by-ghassan-kadi-sept-2013.html

Some of Many Ugly Truths About Saudi Arabia. 29 July 2012
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/some-of-many-ugly-truths-about-saudi.html

King Abdullah and His Saudi Kingdom. 9 Aug 2011
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/king-abdullah-and-his-saudi-kngdom.html

Saad Hariri. 29 June 2011
https://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/saad-hariri-by-ghassan-kadi-june-2011.html

UNDERSTAND THE BIGGER PICTURE OF SYRIA: HISTORY WITH AN AGENDA (updated)


Understand the bigger picture of Syria: history with an agenda (Updated)
Ghassan Kadi’s Three Foundational Pieces on the War on Syria (from 2011),
Introduced and Presented by Tony Seed.

““Many of you can see through the eyes of the media you chose to follow about the crisis in Syria. Many of you believe the over-rated propaganda that hundreds of channels or papers place out there meant to sway public opinion. But to understand the truth of a situation, you must first study the history of the situation. There lays the truth and lies in what is known as a media war. Understanding how Syria rose, and what she is going through right now is the most vital tool to fight with fact, not fiction.” | Three articles by GHASSAN KADI*”


https://tonyseed.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/understand-the-bigger-picture-of-syria-history-with-an-agenda/

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

THE ENIGMATIC MOHAMED BIN SALMAN By Ghassan Kadi 7 November 2017

THE ENIGMATIC MOHAMED BIN SALMAN
By Ghassan Kadi
7 November 2017

Ghassan Kadi’s take on the fast moving developments in the region.


THE FALL AND FALL OF HARIRI by Ghassan Kadi 5 November 2017

THE FALL AND FALL OF HARIRI
By Ghassan Kadi
5 November 2017

Politics in Lebanon is exceedingly complex. Ghassan gives a brief background on Hariri and offers some thoughts on the reasons behind Hariri’s sudden resignation. With events in the region proceeding at a dizzying  pace , and especially the news of arrests in Saudi Arabia which happened after Ghassan submitted his piece, some of the thoughts in Ghassan’s article may merely represent a snapshot in time as the landscape keeps changing, but essentially the article discusses Saudi Arabia’s attempts to regain control over Lebanon.
https://tonyseed.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/lebanon-the-fall-and-the-fall-of-hariri/

BACKGROUND OF GHASSAN AND INTIBAH KADI May 2016

ABOUT US
From our book we published in May 2016.

BACKGROUND OF GHASSAN AND INTIBAH KADI
Ghassan comes from a political activist family in Lebanon. He is in his early sixties, a Lebanese national with both parents born in Syria and, with family equally spread across both Syria and Lebanon. Due to his family and community background, Ghassan felt he could express himself more freely in his efforts to defend Syria and to tackle highly contentious subjects, by using a pseudonym, “Ghassan Kadi”. His writings are informed by his interesting, rich, but rather traumatic background.  

Ghassan grew up in the household of a very influential SSNP figure. It was the young Ghassan who urged his father to end the SSNP-Assad feud. In 1976, he told his father, “…they broke your bones in jail because you said “Tahiya Suria” and yet your party is still allowing this wedge to continue between it and the Syrian government.” It took two days for his father to start making initial contacts with Syrian officials which eventually led to the first meeting of Abdullah Saade, the then President of the SSNP, and Abdul Halim Khaddam and, the rest is history. That was the first ever link between the national movement in Lebanon and the Syrian government after the rift that Jumblat created. After that, all the other parties joined in.
Ghassan grew up witnessing many struggles in his city and region and also the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, starting with a non-militant version that his paternal uncle introduced to the Levant from Egypt. His uncle can be best described as the intellectual and spiritual father of the Levantine Muslim Brotherhood but, he never advocated violence. His father, as a great secularist, and this uncle struggled with each other throughout their lives. 
Ghassan lived mainly in Beirut for 9 years of the most difficult part of the civil war and was even held under home arrest by Christian ultra-right wing extremists for seven months. Ironically, his father, who had no idea whether his son was alive or dead, had negotiated the release of about 120 people of all backgrounds during the civil war and, in fact, had secured the release of a member of his son’s kidnapper’s family without realising that it was his own son who in exchange would be released but, he was still trapped in that hostile environment and managed to escape later on. 
Ghassan has been very active in the social media (Facebook) defence of Syria, mainly through writing articles, explaining the history and background of this war, explaining current issues and future scenarios of the “War On Syria” to his English speaking target audience. 
With his wife “Intibah”, he also occasionally produces translations of important reports or analyses that never make it outside of the Arabic speaking world. These include pieces by Sami Koleib, Ibrahim Al Amin, Ogarite Dandache, Tarek Tarshishi, Abdel Bari Atwan, Nahed Hatter and translations into English of “The Saker” interviews. Regrettably, the importance and significance of this contribution seems mostly lost on “pro-Syria”, Western analysts who preferred Western analysts to that of the Indigenous insight and expertise. 
Ghassan and Intibah, endeavoured to inform as wide an audience as possible via social media, for the first three and a half years of the war in the Facebook group “The Syrian Revolution: The Untold Story” and then in the group, “REDLINE SYRIA”. 
Since August 2014, most of Ghassan’s work is published on well-known sympathetic media sites. He is a regular guest writer for The Saker (http://thesaker.is/) and gets interviewed by Sputnik, Sputnik Radio, and has been published a number of times in Katehon, in Global Research and Oriental Review with his work being republished widely on other sites.
Intibah comes from a European heritage. Her professional background involved working mainly in roles of advocacy, community development and management of projects. She has also managed a number of organisations. 
When the attack on Syria began, Intibah swung into action to counter all the rhetoric and propaganda. By mid-2011, she was invited by the founder of the Facebook page “The Syrian Revolution; The Untold Story” to be one of the three Admins. Intibah took her role very seriously and worked countless hours towards this.
Late in 2014, she left that role and, with Ghassan and a few friends, established another group on Facebook called REDLINE SYRIA which aimed to highlight the Levantine narrative and priorities for the defense of Syria. This was in response to and in contrast to a growing issue of Western generated efforts to coralle the narrative into a narrow, non Indigenous, leftist, anti-imperialistic, “politically correct” framework and also as a response to the infiltration into the movement of “controlled opposition”, other entities and agenda. Many of the voices of Levantine analysts, journalists and activists had been silenced and even pilloried and control over the on line defense of Syria had been largely lost and diverted from the indigenous Levantines resulting in loss of control over what issues to priotise Intibah set up a blog to collect her and Ghassan’s work http://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Traitors': Why Armed Opposition Fails to Win Hearts and Minds of Syrians . 28 Jan 2017 Ekaterina Blinova Interview

'Traitors': Why Armed Opposition Fails to Win Hearts and Minds of Syrians
Ekaterina Blinova

28 January 2017 

A wonderful interview with Film maker Olga Nakkas and other analysts.

"Syrian political analyst Ghassan Kadi echoed Nakkas.
"Syria was never perfect and probably never will be.  Racial, religious and sectarian divides have plagued humanity everywhere. If anything, because of its kaleidoscopic demographic fabric, Syria is more vulnerable to strife than most other nations," Kadi told Sputnik commenting on the issue.
"Nonetheless, Syrians of different ethnicities and backgrounds have lived in harmony for centuries. It is worthy to note that despite the current strong Sunni/Shiite rift, the last 'battle' between the two camps was 1,300 years ago," he stressed.
"Pictures speak louder than words. This photo, taken in a Damascus rally in 1925 against the French occupation, displays in its bottom right corner a cross, a crescent and the Star of David. Such was Syria pre-Wahhabism and Israel," Kadi remarked."

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201701261050025599-syria-opposition-terrorists/