Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »

 

Monthly Archives: March 2017

Looking at history through different lenses

Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

By : Nawar Fakhry Ezzi “Insiders” in any community seem to be the best qualified to research and write about their community’s history because they have the advantage of better understanding the intricate cultural and linguistic context necessary to validate

WhatsApp and clandestine recruitment

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil We no longer need studies to prove that social networking sites provide welcome space for extremist and terrorist activities. WhatsApp was the last app criminal Khaled Masood used before carrying out his attack at the British

Keeping calm and carrying on, with Brexit, defies the terrorists

Peter Harrison

By : Peter Harrison It’s barely a week since Khalid Masood carried out his deadly attack in London, killing several, including a policeman, before he was finally shot and killed himself. Yet already London has apparently moved on. It’s not

Restoring hope and legitimacy in Yemen

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri

By : Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri March 26 marked two years since Operation Decisive Storm was launched to restore legitimacy in Yemen. The country’s legitimacy had been hijacked by a minority militia that is an Iranian arm in the region. Iranian

Trump and the media players

Ahmad al-Farraj

By : Ahmad al-Farraj American media outlets were enraged after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the citizens of seven countries from entering the US. This decision was linked to his electoral promise to ban Muslims from entering

Iran admits having agents in US, UK, Canada

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh For many years, there have been suspicions that groups and individuals are covertly working on Tehran’s behalf to advance its agenda in the West. In an unprecedented move, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi recently admitted

Multiple stabbings reported outside Turkish embassy in Brussels

Sources say at least three people have been stabbed outside the Turkish embassy in Brussels stabbing leaves ‘three people injured’ outside, Al Arabiya’s news correspondent has reported. Turkish nationals are currently taking part in a referendum that will decide whether

S. Korea court approves arrest of ex-president

South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye was arrested early Friday over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. The Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant to arrest Park on charges of bribery, abuse of authority,

Pakistan-born immigrant doctor to join California lieutenant governor race

Asif Mahmood

A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he is joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving the Affordable Care Act, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed “Donald Trump’s hate.” “I am a

Emirates, Scoot planes collide at Singapore airport

Emirates Airways flight EK 405 from Singapore to Dubai suffered minor damage after it collided with a Scoot aircraft on Thursday. The Scoot flight, bound for Tianjin, China, was taxiing before take-off when the accident happened at 1.40am. The left

US warns Iran over Houthi support, says militias threatening Red Sea

United States President Donald Trump’s administration has warned Iran again over its financial and material support of Houthis in Yemen and reiterated the danger the militias are posing to international waters over the control of the Bab-el-Mandeb strait. The warnings

Italy: Police detain 4 suspected of being part of jihad cell

Italian police have detained three Kosovars and a minor in Venice on suspicion of being part of a jihadist cell. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said all those detained in the early morning sweep Thursday had regular residency permits to live

Hundreds queue up to benefit from amnesty in Saudi Arabia

Hundreds of expats with residency and labor violations thronged passport department (Jawazat) offices across the Kingdom on Wednesday, the first day of a three-month amnesty period allowing these violators to leave the Kingdom without paying any fines or facing any

Germany deporting more “potential attackers” after Berlin attack

Germany has deported 10 potential attackers since January as part of a tougher approach toward failed asylum seekers and other foreigners it deems dangerous after one of them killed 12 people at a Berlin market, security sources said on Thursday.

Tillerson: Assad’s long-term status to be decided by Syrian people

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday the Syrian people would decide the future of President Bashar al-Assad. “I think the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” Tillerson told a joint

Famed lawyer says Trump ‘clearly’ endorsed Palestinian state

Prominent US lawyer Alan Dershowitz says President Trump spoke to him “clearly” about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would lead to an independent Palestinian state. Trump broke with longtime US policy last month when he withheld clear

Moscow and Syrian opposition agree to strengthen ceasefire

The delegation representing the Syrian opposition in Geneva has said that the breach in ceasefire and displacement of Syrians are decisive factors that are influencing negotiations with Russia. The delegation also said that, at the sidelines of the Geneva talks,

Mosul lays bare the challenge of asymmetric warfare

As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively

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