Daily Archives: February 5, 2017

The time of Trump’s surprises and Putin’s alliances

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The first 10 days of Donald Trump saw the controversial new US president deliver on many of his campaign promises. He has disrupted usual government business and has brought a seismic shock that has shaken Washington

Settlements that even Israel views as illegal

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, the Israeli security forces finally evacuated the illegal settlers from the Israeli outpost of Amona in the occupied West Bank. To legitimize the illegitimate, Israelis invented the euphemism of

Resetting Saudi-US relations

Fahad Nazer

By : Fahad Nazer It has become commonplace for political pundits to declare that bilateral relations between two nations have been “reset” soon after a new government or leader comes to power in one or both countries. That has been

Greece’s record as a ‘friendly’ neighbor to Turkey

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz Tensions have once again risen between neighbors Turkey and Greece over the Aegean islets of Kardak (Imia in Greek), on which both countries lay claim. On Jan. 29, Turkey’s Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, accompanied

Trump: U.S. will win appeal of judge’s order

The government on Saturday suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump’s refugee and immigration ban and filed notice it would appeal a judge’s order, plunging the new administration into a crisis that has challenged Trump’s authority — and ability to fulfill

Middle East travelers rush to take advantage of Trump setback

Citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries who were banned from the United States by President Donald Trump can resume boarding US-bound flightsafter a Seattle judge blocked his executive order. A source from the US State Department confirmed to Al Arabiya

Sudan vows to boost ties with US despite ban

Ibrahim Ghandour

Sudan on Saturday vowed to enhance its bilateral relations with Washington despite US President Donald Trump banning the African country’s citizens from entering the US. Citizens of Sudan, along with those from six other Muslim-majority countries, have been banned from

Israel Arabs and Jews protest house demolitions

Israeli Arabs and Jews marched arm-in-arm through central Tel Aviv on Saturday night, calling for the government to stop demolishing Arab homes built without permits that it rarely grants. An AFP journalist said that around 1,000 protesters took part, many

Philippine Catholic Church slams ‘reign of terror’ behind war on drugs

Rodrigo Duterte

The Philippines’ Catholic Church assailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs for creating a “reign of terror” among the poor, in sermons read out at Saturday services that will be repeated to congregations across the country on Sunday. In its

Janadriyah fest celebrates symbols of Saudi identity

The National Heritage and Culture Festival, named after the village Janadriyah, showcases the heritage of the Kingdom including camel shows, horse-racing, sword dancing, poetry and music as well as crafts such as carpet-weaving, pottery, regional costumes and cuisine. The Janadriyah

Syrian Democratic Forces launch new phase in Raqqa

An alliance of US-backed militias said it had started a new phase of its campaign against the ISIS-held city of Raqqa on Saturday, aiming to complete its encirclement and sever the road to militant strongholds in Deir al-Zor province. The

US: ‘Iran is biggest state sponsor of terrorism’

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Iran was the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, as President Donald Trump slapped fresh sanctions on the country’s weapons procurement network. “As far as Iran goes, this is the single biggest

Defiant Iran in missile exercise after sanctions

Iran is to deploy missiles for a Revolutionary Guards exercise Saturday in a show of defiance a day after the United States imposed sanctions over a ballistic missile test launch last weekend. The Guards’ Sepahnews website said the manoeuvres were

Riyadh governor inaugurates projects worth SR280 million

Prince Faisal bin Bandar

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar visited the governorates of Hotat Bani Tamim and Al-Hareeq where he inaugurated development projects worth SR280 million ($75 million). The projects launched by the prince included health, municipal, educational and housing projects, in addition

Regional party chief urges Fillon to drop French presidential bid

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon faced mounting pressure from his own conservative camp to withdraw from the race on Saturday, as a senator from The Republicans party warned it could split if he refused to bow out. Senator Bruno Gilles,

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