Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

:: Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to More »

“France will strike” if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

:: President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that More »

King says Jordanians ‘let down’ by international community

:: Jordan’s King Abdullah II says that “life for Jordanians today is very, very tough” as a result of a large refugee influx and that he feels the international community has “let More »

King Salman’s call for cultural diversity wins praise

:: The Saudi Cabinet has welcomed King Salman’s address to guests at the 32nd Janadriyah festival emphasizing the importance of culture as a basic pillar for a nation’s identity and values. Chaired More »

Sami Anan blackmail documents revealed, Egyptian army investigates

:: The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest. Geneina, who More »


Daily Archives: April 11, 2017

Who benefits from murdering Egypt’s Copts?

Mashari Althaydi

By : Mashari Althaydi :: ISIS Qutbist – ie in reference to Sayyid Qutb – criminals targeted churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday. The blasts were carried out by suicide bombers, using explosive devices, killing at least 40

The changing scenario in Syria

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: The Khan Sheikhun chemical attack has prompted US President Donald Trump to declare positions that have eclipsed his administration’s contradictory and confusing statements on Syria and the fate of its President Bashar Assad. Trump’s UN

US fed rate hikes: Gains and losses for Gulf countries

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

By : Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady :: It is not often that countries and businesses are forewarned with near certainty on where interest rates and hence borrowing costs are heading. This is precisely what is now happening following the rise

Did Iran just violate the Chemical Weapons Convention?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: Both Iran and Syria are signatories of the international treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention. The use of chemical and biological weapons in war was banned after World War I through the 1925 Geneva Protocol.

‘Blood brotherhood’ between Iran and Syria

Turki AlDakhil

By : Turki Aldakhil :: “We are blood brothers with Iran.” This is what the Baathist Syrian foreign minister said after decades of making statements on his nation’s legacy and on a one-Arab nation carrying a mortal message. After making

Arab conciliation or confrontation with Iran?

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: An animosity has been present for a long time toward Iran in some Arab countries’ mind. It has sectarian connotations, but also strategic components. The degree of animosity varies from one Arab country to another

Arab League’s challenges decades after its establishment

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: Listening to some Arab leaders describe their countries’ internal challenges at the recent Arab Summit should help us understand why we have been living with the same difficulties for decades, unable to come up with

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, vows to serve Constitution

Neil Gorsuch

President Donald Trump praised new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch during a White House swearing-in ceremony on Monday as a jurist who will rule “not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law.”

Iran’s long-exiled prince wants a revolution in age of Trump

Reza Pahlavi

Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s exiled crown prince, wants a revolution. Pahlavi, the son of the last shah to rule before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, has seen his profile rise in recent months following the election of US President Donald Trump, who

Wins for Yemen govt. as port reclaimed, Parliament set to move to Aden

Yemen’s legitimate government, in a move to accelerate its restoration of state institutions, will transfer its Parliament to the interim capital of Aden, as well as start reconstruction projects and operations at Al-Mokha Port. Mohammed Al-Shaddadi, deputy speaker of the

Report: Suspected ISIS cell was planning attacks on US forces in Kuwait

Suspected ISIS militants arrested in Kuwait and the Philippines were planning to carry out bombings against US military forces in Kuwait, the Gulf country’s al-Rai newspaper reported on Monday. The suspects were also plotting a suicide attack on a hussainiya,

Thousands of UK police pay respects to officer killed in attack

Thousands of police officers across Britain marked a two-minute silence on Monday to coincide with the funeral of Constable Keith Palmer who was killed in last month’s attack outside parliament in London. Palmer was fatally stabbed by Khalid Masood who

Britain urges Putin to end support for ‘toxic’ Assad

Russia should end its support for “toxic” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday ahead of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy. “It’s time for (Russian President) Vladimir Putin to face the truth

Families gather after Egypt church attack, state of emergency approved

Families of victims of Sunday’s bombing at Alexandria’s Coptic cathedral gathered at the Monastery of Saint Mina under heavy security on Monday as Egypt’s cabinet approved a three-month state of emergency ahead of a scheduled trip by Pope Francis. Coffins

Trump to sell attack planes to Nigeria for Boko Haram fight

Donald Trump

The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite concerns over abuses committed by the African nation’s security forces, according to US officials. Congress is expected

Six people killed, more than 100 injured during Kashmir protests

Six people were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar in India’s disputed Kashmir region, officials said. Separatist factions in Kashmir had called for a boycott of the vote,

Philippine president arrives in Riyadh

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived here Monday on a three-day visit to meet Saudi leaders for investment, trade and support for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom. Duterte and some 40 officials from various ministries were received by Riyadh

Insurgents kill 13 Afghan forces in separate attacks

Insurgents have killed at least 13 Afghan security forces in separate attacks, officials said Sunday, as the country struggles to contain a long-running Taliban insurgency and combat a growing threat from a local ISIS affiliate. Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for

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