Nehad Ismail
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

A Fraudulent Peace Process Might Lead to a One-State Solution

(4) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (16:29)

In his speech on 24 June 2002 launching the "Roadmap for Peace" US President George W. Bush called for an independent Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace. Essentially the Roadmap for peace was a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict proposed by the Quartet on the...

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King Abdullah's Message to Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Don't Mess with Jordan

(6) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (12:26)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has lost 20 percent of its military capabilities since the start of U.S.-led coalition air strikes in September, General Mansour Al-Jbour, head of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, said in a press conference on Sunday 8th February.
Jordan has carried...

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Who is to Blame for the Plummeting Oil Prices?

(6) Comments | Posted 5 February 2015 | (09:28)

When oil prices skyrocket we blame Saudi Arabia and when the price crashes, we blame Saudi Arabia.
The latest oil shock has seen crude oil prices trading below $50 per barrel as prices plummeted by 60% since last summer.

Royal Dutch Shell has already said it will cut spending...

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The Demise of OPEC Is Not Imminent

(0) Comments | Posted 23 December 2014 | (12:38)

The recent huge drop in oil prices caused some commentators to predict the imminent collapse of OPEC. Some talked about the humbling of OPEC and others talked about the early demise of OPEC. The Financial Times warned on 10th December:
"The OPEC oil cartel no longer exists in any...

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Saving Islam From Muslim Extremists

(5) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (10:06)

Political Islam gained strength and influence in the 1970s. It did not have viable political and economic policies to tackle the chronic problems of poverty, absence of freedoms and basic human rights. It offered violence, jihad, terrorism and anti-West rhetoric.

Iran Islamic rule brought poverty and misery to the Iranian...

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Obama's Iran Nuclear Policy of Self-Delusion

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (10:56)

According to Reuters (16 October) a senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.

The State Department official spoke after about...

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A Strategy for Degrading and Defeating ISIS Must include the Overthrow of Syria's Assad

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (13:50)

Prime Minister Cameron was right to rule out any co-operation with Assad in the fight against ISIS. He was also right not to seek Parliament's support for possible action in Syria.

In the House of Lords, former Chief of the General Staff Lord Dannatt warned that "attacking ISIL in Iraq...

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Jordan Plays a Key Intelligence Role in the Fight Against ISIS

(1) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (10:03)

Bahrain Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are taking part in air strikes against ISIS in Syria, American officials announced on Tuesday. The new coalition's makeup is significant because the United States was able to recruit Sunni governments to take action against the Sunni militants of the...

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Teaming Up with Assad to Fight ISIS Is a Very Bad Idea

(2) Comments | Posted 1 September 2014 | (08:47)

The beheading of the captured American journalist James Foley has focused attention on the danger posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, not just to those countries, but to the United States. The US is now considering action against ISIS' main bases in Syria, beginning to mobilise a...

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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

(33) 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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