Daily Archives: March 21, 2017

Manbij: Syria’s modern day ‘Danzig’

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra Establishing safe zones and no-fly zones was among the very first critical demands made with respect to the Syria crisis, yet the then United States administration led by former President Barrack Obama– keen on rehabilitating

Restoration of traditional Saudi-US ties is afoot

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham The Arab Summit due next week in Jordan will come amid a qualitative strengthening of US-Saudi relations, accomplished by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Washington this week. The focus was on the following

Two broken unions?

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle British Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke the infamous Article 50 on March 29, formally kicking off divorce negotiations with the other 27 EU member states. Britain will leave the EU, with or without a deal,

Effective and collective efforts alongside the US

Sawsan Al Shaer

By : Sawsan Al Shaer Like us, the current American administration is absolutely convinced that terrorism cannot be eliminated without restraining the Iranian regime as war on terrorism begins with targeting the latter. We don’t need to convince American national

Trump’s US Supreme Court nominee to face senators in marathon hearing

Neil Gorsuch

US Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face tough scrutiny at his Senate confirmation hearing starting on Monday, with Democrats seeking to make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president. In a bid

‘Only Arabs, blacks who die:’ Protester says in Paris march on police brutality

French police fired tear gas in clashes with hooded demonstrators in Paris on Sunday as thousands marched against “police brutality” after the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton. The February attack on the 22-year-old man, identified

EU citizens in UK anxiously seek security before Brexit

Dora-Olivia Vicol

Sam Schwarzkopf, a German neuroscientist at University College London, was startled to receive a letter from the British government telling him that his application for permanent residence had been rejected and he should prepare to leave the UK. As a

FBI director confirms probe of possible Russia links to Trump team

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election and notably Moscow’s possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign. The FBI “is investigating the Russian government’s efforts

Two Saudi University students found dead in US

Two Saudi students were found dead on Saturday in a garage near their off-campus residence in Rockford, Illinois. Mohammed Mufti, 24, and Amjad Balkhair, 21, who were first-year Rockford University students, were found along with their car. Head of the

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi ballistic missile targeting Saudi city of Jazan

The Arab coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen have has intercepted a ballistic missile that targeted the Saudi city of Jazan. The failed missile attack comes just a day after three men were killed when they attempted to infiltrated

ISIS militants capture Iraqi police colonel, 8 officers in west Mosul

ISIS militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers in western Mosul after they ran out of ammunition during fierce clashes early Monday morning, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. The officers were caught around 3 a.m. on

North Korea rocket test shows ‘meaningful progress’: South

Kim Jong-Un

North Korea’s latest rocket engine test showed “meaningful progress” in its missile capabilities, Seoul said Monday, as the nuclear-armed state steps up its controversial weapons development programs. The North’s leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the “successful” test of the powerful new

Deadly car bomb hits Shiite district in southern Baghdad, at least 23 killed

A car bomb blast killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 45 others in a mainly Shiite district in southern Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said. The explosion occurred on a busy commercial street, the sources

Philippines’ Duterte calls European critics ‘crazies’

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described European lawmakers as “crazies” in a salty-tongued rebuttal to criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed. Duterte fired his broadside in a late-night speech Sunday in

Syria Kurds say will get training from Russian forces

Russia’s military will train Kurdish forces in Syria, the militia’s spokesman said Monday, in Moscow’s first agreement of its kind with the group that controls large parts of the country’s north. The move by Russia, a longtime ally of President

90-day amnesty granted to residency, labor violaters in Saudi Arabia

Prince Mohammed bin Naif.

The Interior Ministry on Sunday launched a “A Nation Without Violations” campaign to give residency and labor law violators 90 days to leave the country without penalties. Prince Mohammed bin Naif, crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of interior,

Bangladesh clears execution for top extremist leader

Mufti Abdul Hannan

Bangladesh’s highest court Sunday rejected the final appeal by a top extremist leader to overturn his death sentence, all but paving the way for his execution within weeks. The Supreme Court upheld a 2008 order to execute Mufti Abdul Hannan

Foreigners may be allowed to invest in taxed jobs

Majid Al-Qassabi

Saudi Arabia may allow foreigners to invest in self-employed professions in return for paying taxes at an estimated annual rate of 20 percent in a bid to curb commercial cover-up, Al-Eqtisadiah daily reported. Saudi authorities are reportedly studying procedures of

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