Daily Archives: February 16, 2017

Should we walk behind Trump?

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed Some people view agreeing with the Trump administration’s policy on Iran as walking behind a warmonger and as being dragged into dangerous adventure. This is greatly exaggerated. Policies change based on circumstances. The new American president

Did Trump offer Putin sanctions relief?

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

By : Dr. Azeem Ibrahim Gen. Michael Flynn was the first sacrificial lamb of the Trump administration. But behind the gory details of this scandal, there lies a question which nobody seems to be asking: how much of Gen. Flynn’s

When stability becomes a dream

Turki Al-Dakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil Recent years of unrest have altered a major balance. Earlier we used to count the number countries witnessing unrest but now it’s the stable countries that can be counted on the fingers of one hand. There’s

Who is in need of Michel Aoun’s mediation?

Mshari Al Thaydi

By : Mshari Al Thaydi Few hours before Lebanese President Michel Aoun arrived in Cairo on an official visit, Al-Ahram newspaper aired an interesting interview with him. Several issues were tackled and I will address one of them. When the

Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year’s end or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. He did not detail what

Trump’s trust in Flynn had been eroding

President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after his level of trust in Flynn eroded to the point that he felt he needed to make a change, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told

Did a CIA medal to the Saudi crown prince close the JASTA file?

The CIA recently awarded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud the George Tenet medal for his counter-terrorism efforts. This does not only exonerate Saudi Arabia from terrorism but it also grants it a leading position in fighting

Houthi militias kidnap 300 civilians in Yemen, demand ransom

Local sources in Ibb governorate have revealed that the Houthi militias kidnapped 300 civilians, mostly elderly and children, in the town of al-Adeen. Sources said that the kidnapped people were all civilians from the villages of Dbayeh and al-Meydan in

UAE connection to India’s record 104 satellites launch

India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space agency. Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands,

Iran president says wants good ties with Gulf ahead of regional trip

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said his country sought good relations with its Gulf Arab neighbors as he began a one-day trip to Oman and Kuwait on Wednesday, his first since taking power in 2013. Relations between predominantly Shiite Iran and

UAE ambassador to Afghanistan dies of bomb attack wounds

The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Afghanistan died on Wednesday of wounds sustained in a bomb attack in Kandahar last month that also killed five Emirati aid workers, the UAE’s foreign ministry announced. “With great sadness and sorrow,

Kim Jong Un’s brother ‘poisoned by female North Korean agents’

Malaysia has detained a woman holding a Vietnamese travel document in connection with the death of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, police said on Wednesday. The woman, detained on Wednesday morning at the low-cost terminal of

Egypt chief-of-staff mediates between Libyan rivals in Cairo

Egypt’s chief-of-staff has mediated between two Libyan rivals who refused to meet face to face in Cairo but later agreed to form a committee to renegotiate a UN peace deal. Col. Tamer el-Rifai, an Egyptian army spokesman, says the two

Russia strikes Syria after ‘Death Over Humiliation’ rebel battle

Russian jets pounded rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Deraa on Tuesday for a second day in the first such intensive bombing campaign since Moscow’s major intervention in Syria more than a year ago, rebels and witnesses said. Rebel

Syrian peace talks in Astana delayed by one day

Talks on the Syrian crisis involving Russia, Iran, and Turkey that were due to start in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Wednesday have been delayed by one day, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said without explaining the reason for the delay. Syrian

White House will not insist on two-state solution in Mideast

US President Donald Trump’s sharp break with decades of support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does “not make sense,” a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official said on Wednesday. “This does not make sense,” PLO executive committee member

IMF’s Lagarde ‘optimistic’ about US economy

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday voiced optimism for US economic growth under President Donald Trump but warned it could herald trouble for the rest of the world. “From the little we know, and I will insist on

Egypt tycoon says to speak up on political return

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris said on Tuesday that he is returning to politics to press for more freedoms in the North African country after staying away out of frustration. “To the esteemed people who are listening to us… we have

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