Nehad Ismail
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My back ground in brief consists of 15 years in the oil industry (1989 – 2004).

But since the year 1999, I started to take interest in the Middle East political scene and this interest resulted in frequent media appearances, and in writing articles. This interest intensified after the September 11th 2001 with more TV interviews and articles.

When my contract with the Oil Company ended in 2004 I worked for nearly 1 year in the Pan-Arabic Newspaper Asharq Alawsat, writing pieces for the business and economics section and mainly on oil related subjects. In the meantime I was appearing on Arab Satellite TV on both political and economic subjects.

In the spring of 2005 I took a position with Arab News Network (ANN) as a presenter of a Political Programme (5 days a week),. The topics were wide-ranging and covered subjects like promotion of democracy and reforms in the Middle East, the Israeli/Palestinian Dispute as well as Iraq, Lebanon and other hot spots of the Middle East. (I prepared the material and selected guests for the program).

During the years 2004 until now I continued writing mainly in Arabic. My articles appeared in the Pan-Arab Asharq Alawsat, Alquds Al-Arabi, and Elaph (the most popular Arabic News Internet based website) and other websites in Jordan, and USA. My English language articles appeared in NewsBlaze, New America Media, Global Arab Network, UK Defence Viewpoints, Ammon News etc.

I have reviewed a number of books in English as well as Arabic. Examples:

Seeking Gaddafi by Daniel Kawczynski MP,

In Search of Fatima by Ghada Karmi

Politicide by Baruch Kimmerlink

Al-Jazeera by Hugh Miles

Hamas by Khaled Hroub

Married to Another Man by Ghada Karmi

A Rift in Time by Raja Shehadeh,

Etc etc.

I attended lectures, seminars and conferences on media issues.

In a short sentence I have extensive media experience, research and writing.



Unremunerated activities:

I was part of a lobby group working for a just and durable peace in the Middle East which comprised British Arabs and Jews. We lobbied MPs, MEPS, Foreign Office and embassies to work towards pushing both sides of the conflict towards dialogue and solution.

I am an active member of CAABU (the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding)

I also attend the meetings of NCF (Next Century Foundation) which is a Conflict Resolution Organization.



Married with three grown-up children.
I live in Camberley, Surrey.

Entries by Nehad Ismail

Inside The Arab Revolution - Book Review

(1) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (13:53)

"INSIDE THE ARAB REVOLUTION" by Koert Debeuf from Lannoo Campus Publishers, April 2014, in paperback

Unlike most of us, Koert Debeuf is no desk researcher. He is a courageous and committed political blogger, opinion maker and Middle East expert, who travelled extensively in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine and...

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Fracking Does Not Mean the End of Opec - It is Not All it's Cracked Up to Be

(1) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (11:54)

Fracking presents a new challenge for OPEC, as well as opportunities. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that, over the next five years, one-third of the new oil production of the world will be developed in the USA. By 2020, the US will be a net exporter of gas. By...

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The Sudden Disintegration of the Iraqi Military

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2014 | (15:23)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian policies backfired dramatically last week as, confronted with just a few thousand jihadist fighters, his army fell apart.

The sudden collapse of military units defending three key cities - Mosul, Iraq's second largest city; Tikrit, the late Saddam Hussein's hometown; and Kirkuk, the...

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Is It Possible to be Objective Covering Massacres?

(1) Comments | Posted 9 June 2014 | (14:19)

Is it really possible to be neutral when reporting from a war zone, or witnessing a popular uprising ruthlessly repressed by superior force? How do you approach writing or speaking of or filming barrel bombs dropped from military helicopters on residential areas, or the damage wrought by chlorine gas cylinders...

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Jordan Is Not the Next Arab State to Fall

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (14:27)

The Washington-based Atlantic magazine ran a piece in July 2013 titled "In Jordan the Arab Spring Isn't Over" It stated that "Jordanians look north to Syria and southwest to Egypt and are frightened by what they see. Brutal civil wars and street clashes have tempered the desire for rapid change"....

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Al Qaeda Is Helping Al-Assad's Regime

(2) Comments | Posted 11 January 2014 | (12:08)

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Thursday 9th January "the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) emerged only when the Syrian opposition groups gained ground in Syria's north". "There is a behind-the-scene partnership between them [ISIL] and the regime," the foreign minister was quoted as saying by...

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A Fatal Tweet Has Killed Another Critic of Bashar al Assad

(4) Comments | Posted 27 December 2013 | (11:19)

A blast in Beirut Friday 27 December killed at least five people including Mohamad Chatah a former minister and advisor to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the Lebanese News Agency reported.

Chatah was named Minister of Finance of the 70th Lebanese Government in July 2008. He is affiliated...

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A Regime Implicated in War Crimes Must Not Be Involved in the Rebuilding of Syria

(2) Comments | Posted 7 December 2013 | (15:35)

Can we trust Bashar al Assad and his regime, which systematically destroyed the country over nearly three years, with the re-building of Syria? Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, Bashar al Assad is staying on until at least the summer of 2014 under a dubious deal to dismantle and...

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Appeasing the Ayatollahs of Iran With a Dodgy Nuclear Deal Will Not Work

(35) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (23:00)

Barely hours after the signing of an interim agreement in Geneva to temporarily freeze Iran's nuclear enrichment programme, Iranian President Rouhani said the interim deal recognised Iran's nuclear "rights". The BBC reported that Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for about $7billion (£4.3billion) in...

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Syria: Seven Questions the Saudis Should Ask John Kerry

(6) Comments | Posted 2 November 2013 | (08:11)

The U.S. recognizes that defeating the Syrian regime and the toppling of Bashar al Assad is an important Saudi strategic objective to protect Saudi regional interests.

The recent spat between the two allies over Syria is still reverberating and has not died down yet.

In a joint article in...

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The World Bank Report About the Palestinian Economy Slams Israel, Israel Slams the Report

(2) Comments | Posted 14 October 2013 | (18:06)

In November 2008 according to Haaretz, The Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu told the closing plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly that "Economics Not Politics is the Key to Peace".

In July 2009 Haaretz reported that Palestinians rejected Netanyahu's economic peace plan.

Fast forward to May 2013 and...

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The Lavrov-Kerry Deal is a Green Light for More Massacres

(4) Comments | Posted 28 September 2013 | (13:26)

The Security Council Resolution number 2118 is a victory for Russia, a defeat for the USA and a green light for Bashar Al Assad to kill more Syrians with conventional weapons.

On the 27th September the Security Council passed resolution number 2118 which is aimed at forcing the Syrian regime...

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Blanket Ban of Niqab Not Necessary

(1) Comments | Posted 21 September 2013 | (15:38)

Let me begin by distinguishing between the Hijab which is the head cover and Niqab which is the more comprehensive whole body cover which extends from head to toe.

In recent years and particularly since the end of 2009 I have been following the debates about why women choose to...

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King of the Sands

(1) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (10:10)

A taboo-breaking and convention-shattering shocker of a film that will please the Syrian regime and upsets the Saudi establishment

I was invited to attend "The Red Carpet Film Premier of "Kings of the Sands" at the famous Haymarket Cinema in central London a one-minute walk from Piccadilly and 2 minute...

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Ignore Miliband and the Cruise Missiles, President Obama Must Arm the Free Syrian Army

(2) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (12:02)

Arm the Free Syrian Army and Let Them Do the Job:

The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus last month, Secretary of State John Kerry says.

The US blames the Syrian government for the 21 August attack. President Barack...

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Time for President Obama to Act to Deter the Syrian Regime?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2013 | (20:28)

According to Syrian opposition sources, more than 1,300 Syrian citizens have been killed in a chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Wednesday 21 August.

The Syrian National Coalition claims toxic gas was used by President Bashar al Assad's forces during a bombardment of rebel-held areas outside the Syrian capital.

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Israelis and Palestinians Deserve to Live in Peace

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2013 | (16:38)


Kick-starting the Peace Process
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US Secretary of State John Kerry must be chuffed at his success in bringing Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table. It took six visits to the region and hours of arm twisting behind the scenes to restart the peace talks that broke down...

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Syria: Samantha Cameron Is Right, UK Defence Chiefs Are Wrong

(23) Comments | Posted 15 July 2013 | (15:25)

The Daily Telegraph reported Monday 15 July 2013 "that senior military figures have warned the Prime Minister that with the momentum on the side of President Assad's regime, sending small arms and missiles is unlikely to make a difference.

There are also growing concerns that arms sent to Syria could...

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Arm the Syrian Rebels and Forget Geneva 2

(20) Comments | Posted 22 June 2013 | (09:52)

President Obama has finally and most reluctantly agreed to arm the Syrian rebels. But he is still clinging to the Geneva 2 conference as the most preferred option. I agree with David Ignatius writing in the Washington Post Thursday June 20th "President Obama doesn't have a strategy and is still...

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President Obama: Please Listen to John McCain and Lindsey Graham

(14) Comments | Posted 6 June 2013 | (16:26)

Slaughtering Syrians by conventional weapons is acceptable:

Bashar al Assad can carry on killing his own people aided by Iran, Hezbollah and Russia and no one will stop him as long as he follows the rules. If chemicals and gases are used there may be consequences, so al Assad is...

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