Daily Archives: March 9, 2017

Anti-Trump protesters denounce US ban but silent on Israel’s

Ray Hanania

By : Ray Hanania Protesters have criticized the executive order suspending immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries by US President Donald Trump but remain silent on a similar, wider spread, permanent ban targeting predominantly Muslim and Christian Arabs adopted by

Resisting Russian authoritarianism

Jonathan Power

By : Jonathan Power The state of being vigorously against Russian President Vladimir Putin is becoming out of control. It is in danger of becoming pathological and self-destructive. What does the West gain in the long run if it sees

Bahrain will not lose faith in democracy

Sawsan Al Shaer

By : Sawsan Al Shaer Following the 2011 developments, in what was named the Arab Spring, the Kingdom of Bahrain, which is a new constitutional monarchy, could have revolted against democracy and lose faith in it. It could have turned

Israel’s failure to investigate its gruesome wars

Ramzy Baroud

By : Ramzy Baroud At a glance Israel appears to be a true democracy, but take a closer look and that facade dissipates. Feb. 28 was one of those moments, when an official Israeli State Comptroller issued another report on

Trump declares his ‘tremendous respect’ for women

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, whose presidential campaign was nearly derailed by sexual harassment charges and his boasts about groping women, tweeted Wednesday — International Women’s Day — that he had “tremendous respect” for women. “I have tremendous respect for women and the

US seeks to dismiss appeal of Trump travel ban ruling

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday said it would voluntarily dismiss its own appeal of a Seattle federal court ruling that had suspended President Donald Trump’s first executive order concerning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Trump administration this

Iran’s foreign minister visits Qatar, meets ruler

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited Qatar on Wednesday for talks with his Qatari counterpart and the Gulf Arab country’s ruler, Tasnim news agency reported. Iranian President Hassan Rowhani visited Kuwait and Oman last month, signaling that the Islamic

Britain’s Johnson backs two-state solution on Mideast trip

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday his government remained committed to a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as he visited for talks with leaders from both sides. His comments came with US President Donald Trump casting

Ukraine foreign minister urges continued sanctions on Russia

Pavlo Klimkin

Ukraine’s foreign minister told US senators on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia shouldn’t be eased and possibly should be ratcheted up as Moscow escalates its military aggression against its western neighbor. Testifying with representatives from other Eastern European countries affected

Two dead in bombing of Syria rebel bastion despite truce

Two people were killed on Wednesday in bombardment of a Syrian rebel bastion near Damascus, a monitor said, less than 24 hours after Russia announced a freeze in fighting there. “A young man and a woman were killed in air

Crown Prince meets New Zealand FM

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, holds talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully at his office in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields. Their talks

Iran accuses US of stirring tensions in Gulf

A senior official in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday accused the United States of provoking tensions after two separate incidents in the Gulf last week. “A US Navy ship crossing the Strait of Hormuz changed its international route and

Iraqi forces advance towards Nouri Mosque

Iraqi forces are close to the Nouri mosque where the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivered a speech for the first time in July of 2014. Iraqi television said quoting a military official, that Iraqi and security forces took

Lebanon appoints new army chief

Lebanon’s Cabinet has named a new army commander, ending a two-year impasse over the appointment of the country’s top security and military posts. The government named Brig. Gen. Joseph Aoun to the post on Wednesday. Aoun is replacing Gen. Jean

King Salman’s visit to Asian countries to achieve Vision 2030 aims, say experts

King Salman

Experts said the visit of King Salman to several Asian countries carries investment mega-opportunities that will help achieve the objectives of Vision 2030. They said strengthening relations with the East Asian countries allows the Kingdom to benefit from trade locations

King Salman Center for Relief to support displaced Iraqis

General Supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabiah said that the kingdom is keen on providing support to the displaced persons and refugees in Iraq and the Kurdistan region. Rabiah made the statement

Make ‘Abshir’ an integrated portal: Crown Prince

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has instructed that ‘Abshir’ be made an integrated portal with full-fledged identity for the services of the Ministry of Interior. Presiding over the meeting of the Main Electronic Transactions

Iraqi PM vows to target ISIS in neighboring countries

Haidar al-Abadi.

Iraq’s prime minister says it will continue to target militants in neighboring countries, as it did last month with airstrikes against ISIS positions in Syria. Addressing a forum in the autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday, Haider al-Abadi said he “will

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