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Quentin de Pimodan

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Paris, France

Quentin de Pimodan

Freelance writer, book series about street art in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Arabian Gulf) : https://tothearabianstreet.wordpress.com/
ex-Nane edition (Paris based publishing house)

Papers in French and English

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The age of the Prince

A lot has been said already regarding the sudden yet expected dynasty turnover in Saudi Arabia, with the nomination of King Salman’s son as the new Crown Prince in place of his nephew Mohammad bin Nayef (MbN). But is his age a disadvantage?
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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#QatarCrisis, l’Arabie Saoudite a beaucoup plus à perdre dans ce bras de fer que le Qatar.

L’Arabie s’est engagée dans un bras de fer avec son turbulent voisin. Elle a très largement remporté la première manche à grands renforts d’alliés et de couverture médiatique négative sur le Qatar en Occident. Certes, son accusation de support de terrorisme décochée à l’égard du Qatar ne dupe personne, mais c’est dans un combat fratricide des plus risqués qu’elle s’est aventurée dont la seule issue est la victoire totale par assujettissement du voisin ou, la mort…
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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Les drapeaux de la discorde

« Et le drapeau, morbleu ! Il ne faut pas laisser un drapeau aux mains de l’ennemi, même quand ce drapeau ne serait qu’une serviette » écrit Alexandre Dumas dans « Vingt ans après ». En Irak ces drapeaux personnifient les tensions intercommunautaires et inter-ethniques. Un jeu de ping-pong parlementaire, de lutte politique interne et régionale qui pourrait bel et bien se muer en affrontement mortifère sur fond de guerre fratricide.
https://medium.com/@qdepim/ Link to Story
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La situation politique à Bagdad doit être au centre de l’analyse sur Daech

Tant que Bagdad demeure incapable de sortir de sa crise politique actuelle, la reprise de Mossoul et donc la lutte contre Daech est inconcevable. Il est grand temps de s’intéresser à nouveau au pays qui a vu naître le groupe. Il est grand temps que nos « experts » le comprennent.
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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D’Hollywood à Bagdad, la (presque) vraie histoire d’un raté du renseignement

Il fait presque doux en ce début juin 2002 sur les bords de la Tamise. Une douceur qui dénote avec la fraicheur constante qui circule dans les bâtiments du Secret Intelligence Service de Vauxhall Cross, qui, à l’instar de tous les sites impersonnels, fait tourner l’air conditionné de jours comme de nuits, hivers comme étés. Les couloirs du siège du MI6 de Londres sont vides en ce vendredi soir, et rares sont les agents à battre le pavé à cette heure tardive.
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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THE DAMS WAR: HOW WATER SCARCITY HELPED CREATE ISIS AND WHY COMBATING IT WOULD UNDO IT

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 December 2016. In “Peak Water: How We Built Civilisation on Water and Drained the World Dryi”, Alexander Bell narrates what he calls the first war in human history that takes place around 2450 BC in Mesopotamia in today’s Iraq.
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Mossoul ne doit pas être reprise à l’état islamique sans négociations préalables sur l’eau

Alors que les coalitions se forment, et se déforment sur le terrain irakien à l’approche de la tant attendue bataille de Mossoul, plus d’un million d’irakiens s’apprêtent à endurer un siège long, féroce et intransigeant. L’eau, rouage essentiel à la production de nourriture mais également à celle de l’électricité demeure la grande absente des « débats ».
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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The experts and sectarianism

For as long as one can recall, leaders in the Middle East have always fanned the sectarian flame when it would suit them. Constantly accusing the others of all evils in order to hide their own deviance, keeping themselves in power while imposing severe violation of Human Rights onto their own populations.
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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Mesopotamia is Humanity’s lowest common denominator and ISIS is attentively destroying it

Global, and among it Western, absolute disinterest surrounding the complete destruction and loss of Mesopotamian millennial heritage, demonstrates a misplaced arrogance of “civilized” world toward the core definition of Civilization. In May and June 2015, the international community grieved upon the threat and eventually the destruction of Syrian Palmyra ancient temples, and UNESCO World Heritage site, by the so-called Islamic States fighters.
https://medium.com/@qdepim Link to Story
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Jeddart

Not a single regional artist we have encountered since the beginning of our journey did not mention Saudi. According to many the Saudi art scenes, whether urban art or contemporary art, were among the greatest in the region. Scenes, because the country is so huge that the topic could be divided amongst 3 big cities.
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RIEAS Exclusive: (THE COLLAPSE OF ISIS IS IMMINENT AND INEVITABLE. THE QUESTION IS: HOW WILL IT HAPPEN?)

8 September 2014. Al Baghdadi's major strategic failure has been his choice of the Fertile Crescent as the region for the establishment of his Khilafa. His dream of reestablishing a Sunni caliphate with roots in Iraq and Syria will eventually be crushed by the field's realities and only exposes his own lack of knowledge about the region.
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Le stylo, symbole de pouvoir

Les chefs d'Etat font-ils partie d’un club qui vise le contrôle du monde par le stylo? Y a-t-il dans le stylo un pouvoir puissant que la plèbe ne soupçonne pas? Est-ce un objet de culte, un accessoire sexuel ou une représentation du pouvoir?

About

Quentin de Pimodan

For several years, I worked at Nane Editions, a French publishing house that focuses on explaining national and international administrations to young audiences. At Nane, I wrote and co-wrote 6 books whose topics included the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Gendarmerie Special Forces and also the French National Police (www.lacollectionducitoyen.fr.)

For two years, I traveled the GCC countries with a photographer to document the works of more than 20 Urban Artists in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. The result of this project is a 6 book series describing the societies through the eyes of these border pushing artists. (https://tothearabianstreet.wordpress.com)

I lived in Sana'a, Yemen, in 2008 for a year. I worked in Kuwait for several months in 2006, on the World deepest onshore rig at the time.

I have been published by Slate France, Brownbook Dubai, RIEAS Athens, Red Bull Bahrain (http://malja.redbull.com/about.html) and have also been featured by Foreign Policy's Situation Report (http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/09/10/fps-situation-report-defining-destroy-cap-a-blueprint-for-combatting-isis-mcconnell-warren-is-like-dick-cheney-will-troops-wear-golf-shoes-and-a-bit-more/), and on Pr. Joshua Landis' Syria Comment (http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/dam-wars-water-scarcity-helped-create-isis-quentin-de-pimodan).

I created a blog called Watch Ducks, which compares the views of various journalists' on important and polarizing international issues.

For example:

Economic Crisis: Spending Cuts or Cast Austerity Away?
(https://watchducks.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/economic-crisis-spending-cuts-or-cast-austerity-away/)

Did Arab Spring Kill Secularism? (https://watchducks.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/did-arab-spring-kill-secularism/)

Arab Spring: US Neocons’ Domino Theory over Iraq?
(https://watchducks.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/arab-spring-us-neocons-domino-theory-over-iraq/)

Peak Oil: Plot or Pain? (https://watchducks.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/peak-oil-plot-or-pain/)

Israel-Palestine: Is a bi-national state conceivable? (https://watchducks.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/israel-palestine-is-a-bi-national-state-conceivable/)