Which Islamic countries are supporting the Bahrain deal and why?
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Overall the Bahrain normalization deal appears to have been received with less media coverage in the region than the previous UAE deal.
The Bahrain-Israel deal announced Friday was greeted across the region by different reactions. These reactions are similar to those that greeted the UAE-Israel deal last month. They illustrate how the region is now divided into two camps. One links Iran and Turkey as well as their allies such as Hamas, and the other is anchored in Saudi Arabia and Egypt and the countries that they are allied with.
Overall the Bahrain normalization deal appears to have been received with less media coverage in the region than the previous UAE deal. This is because it was widely expected and the only question was when it would happen. A review of statements and coverage reveals some details on how it was received.
Al-Jarida in Kuwait covered the deal in two stories, one highlighting Egypt’s support and the other quoting a very short statement from Bahrain. Kuwait is a Gulf state but it has traditionally been more hostile to Israel than the UAE and Bahrain. This could change but the realities for Kuwait are more complex because it neighbors Iran and Iraq. It has suffered before for being too prominent during the Iraqi invasion of 1990. Since then it tries to be more neutral and not play a major role in the region, unlike Qatar and the UAE that seek a regional role.
Al-Jazeera in Qatar is focusing on Doha talks today that are supposed help bring a deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Qatar tends to play a duplicitous role in the region, hosting extremist groups like Hamas over the years while also pretending to be a responsible player. In Afghanistan this has resulted in Qatar helping to improve the image of the Taliban because Qatar and Iran want to manage Afghanistan after the US leaves the country. The US is currently drawing down forces to several thousand. As Qatar plays a role in the Afghan peace process it has less time for Israel. Its main goal is to play both sides, working with Turkey and Iran which are hostile to Israel, while also seeking to keep the calm in Gaza.
Qatar seeks to make itself indispensable to all conflicts, hosting extremists so it can claim to be the only place that people have to go to in order to meet the extremists and keep quiet in places like Kabul and Gaza. In this sense it poses as a neutral state with its hand on the scales supporting groups like Hamas. It has also been accused recently of putting out feelers to Hezbollah and the Houthis. When it comes to the Bahrain deal it will want to embarrass Bahrain using its powerful media like Al-Jazeera while telling Washington that it supports moderation. Qatar is holding its third round of strategic dialogue with the US this week even as it is cold on the US push for peace with Israel.
Unsurprisingly, Iran slammed the Bahrain deal. Iran and its allies are all angry that Bahrain and the UAE are normalizing relations with Israel. The Iranian proxy group Palestinian Islamic Jihad slammed the deal, accusing Bahrain of being a puppet of the US. Iran also activated groups such as the Houthis in Yemen to condemn the deal. Al-Mayadeen news which is sympathetic to Iran published numerous articles slamming the deal. They quoted Iranian regime members as saying that the deal was part of the betrayal that is the “deal of the century.”
They quoted the Houthi leaders in Yemen as saying Bahrain and others will “pay a price” for normalization. This hints at increased attacks by Houthi missiles or drones. This media portrays the increased normalization with Israel as a “stab in the back.”
The Palestinian Authority reportedly withdrew their ambassador from Manama in the wake of the deal as well. They said that normalization was treason. This is part of the overall talking point that peace with Israel is a “betrayal” of the Palestinians. However the Palestinians have failed to get the Arab League to support them on this matter. Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya highlighted how the Palestinians have joined with Iran and Turkey to condemn the deal. Hamas also put out a statement condemning the deal.
Turkey has been one of the main opponents of Israeli peace deals or normalization. It is becoming the most hostile country in the region to Israel. After news of the Bahrain deal broke its foreign ministry condemned the deal. Turkey’s Anadolu media claimed that Bahrain’s “opposition” condemned the deal as well.
This could be part of an attempt by Iran, Turkey and Qatar to increase support for opposition groups in Bahrain. In 2017 Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia broke relations with Qatar so Doha has a reason to push to destabilize Gulf states that seek to isolate it.
In contrast to Turkey, Egypt has welcomed the deal. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi welcomed the deal as an important step. Egypt has quietly played an important role in the regional strategic setup that now ties Israel to the UAE and Egypt. This is part of a larger framework that links Egypt to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and a consensus that they have on Libya and other issues. Greece an the UAE are working for Egypt, for instance, to confront Turkey’s increased aggression in the eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey has illegally sent weapons to Tripoli to back one side of the civil war in Libya. Thus the Egyptian support for Bahrain in the deal is also linked to the wider regional contest with Turkey. Turkey supports the Muslim Brotherhood, which is linked to the former ruler of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, who Sisi replaced in 2013 when he came to power.
The overall breakdown in support and coverage of the Bahrain-Israel deal illustrates a growing consensus in the region. On the one side is recognition that Israel and normalization with Israel can be a positive step. On the other is Iran and Turkey and their allies who work to isolate Israel and the Gulf. Because most of the media from Ankara to Tehran and Riyadh is either controlled by the various states or pro-government, the coverage breaks down clearly either for or against the normalization, with little debate or nuance.
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Akan on their content nations lies on their population and commonwealth of
their brother nations. The Akan are one of the largest ethnic groups in West
Africa. Their population is scattered across West Africa and beyond. Among this
huge population of the Akan, the Ghanaians are more popular, perhaps because of
the political influence of the Ashanti Empire in the area. Not much is heard or
known about other Akan settlements like the Akwamu, the Akyem , the Akuapem,
the Denkyira, the Abron, the Aowin, the Ahanta, the Anyi, the Baoule, the
Chokosi, the Fante, the Kwahu, the Sefwi, the Ahafo, the Assin, the Evalue, the
Wassa the Adjukru, the Akye, the Alladian, the Attie,the M'Bato, the Abidji,
the Avikam,the Avatime the Ebrie, the Ehotile, the Nzema, the Abbe, the Aboure,
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from the Book; "Reality as Myth"
by Onyeji Nnaji
of the discovering of the Radar Rivers and their channels is that it disproves
the western hegemonic claim of the Euphrates valley being the position of the
birth of the great river, all the points that opposed their claims
notwithstanding. Even God himself was very perfect in His creation by placing
them in their positions, hierarchically, according to their birth. The first
river that flowed located the Havilah land where there are good quality gold,
bdellium and fine onyx stones. Pison was the oldest of the rivers and it flowed
through the land of the southern Africa. The second river flowed northward to
Ethiopia. It was when Africa had been overtaken by virtue of her proximity to
the Great Water that other parts of the world began to encounter the remaining
river; remarkable with Hiddekel.
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migration that recorded the highest population among the African settlement.
Originating from the largest population among the four races that settled in
the east before time, all Bantu travellers were pygmies; for that was the
nature of the Umudiala, the
generation that gave birth to them. Bantu migration was rated the third
earliest migration of the Negro race from the east. In this regard, all their
movement had involved great population of people compared to the number of
people involved in the two earlier populations that gave birth to Ethiopia,
Nubia and Egypt: the Walker Traveller, and the
Race of Anu. Bantu population as we have identified in the third chapter
above outweighs the rest of the population of the ancient fathers that founded
many of the nations of antiquity mentioned earlier. Discussing them in beat
will pose a little challenge since their migration condi…
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setting in the eastern part of Nigeria. It is a coinage which attempts to
explain the direction of movement and adventure of the men who founded the
community in the 15th century AD. According to oral sources and some
documentation about this community, some of these men were believed to have
traveled from Ida, old Benue state of Nigeria to inhabit the land. These men
had traveled on different days to locate the place. Onojah who originally
founded the land was said to have been in a deep search for a place of safety
as he was besieged by a fate that appeared to make him somewhat incompatible
with his own people. Nkalaha
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times. Each time we brought a new salesgirl, the girl would stay for two or
three months; and suddenly she would end her contract with us. In all these, my
husband did not know. So, being that the girls usually stole money and other
items, the reason for their departure became genuine, thus: they ran away to
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The Mystery of
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of the Ancient African Metaphysics;Chapter: Seven;Topic: Igbo
Geometries and the Metaphysics of Numbers.Author: Onyeji
Nnaji. In the Igbo
cosmology, the word Isee is a definite symbolic word as revealed through
the Igbo language and culture. A human being has five fingers, five toes. The
hands and feet are fundamentals to the survival in life as they are necessary
in ensuring that man moves to places where he gets food and grapples on the
food to sustain his life. To this view, the rhetoric that binds vocatives in
the form of incantation (anchoring on the heart-lock: four) and the
concomitant reprisal in the manner of affirmation that holds the human life
bind to his original spiritual person, therefore defining existence and
essences are unified by the corresponding echo: Isee!!!!! Therefore
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legacy adopted in commemoration of the legendry fighter, Uto at Nsude. It was one
of the greatest contributions of the descendants of Agbaja to the survival of
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a mercenary battle he was hired to fight in the ancient Benin. His body was buried
in the evil forest as the tradition demanded. Although he lived no longer, the
stepped pyramids above were adopted to commemorate the lasting peace he brought
to the entire Oshie and Udi nation of people. Another remarkable thing about Udi is the
fertility of the land. This has contributed widely in sustaining the
inhabitants and provided a name for the inhabitants in the manner of Abakaliki,
Umudike, Ogbaru, Igboariam, Ohaji, Uzouwani, etc., especially in Amofia-Agu,
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ancient kingdom of Ethiopia. ... There a people, now forgotten, discovered
while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race
of men now rejected from society for their sable skin and frizzled hair,
founded on the study of the laws of nature, those civil and religious systems
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in the Bible story as one remarkable black nation with ancient history, it
becomes almost impossible to see any other nation as being of more ancient than
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race. And with the influence of Christianity in the inner part of Africa, the
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