Barzani: Referendum first step for Kurds to express their will

:: Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani has held a press conference in Erbil and told reporters that the scheduled referendum on independence on Monday would go ahead as planned. “We ask More »

Bangladesh says reports about plot to kill PM are ‘baseless’

:: The office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina on Sunday denied as “completely baseless” some media reports of a plot by her bodyguards to kill her last month. However a senior More »

Trump: ‘Not much’ of a nuclear deal after Iran tests missile

:: Iran’s test launch of new medium-range missile calls into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, President Donald Trump said Saturday, while also accusing the More »

North Korea says Trump insult ensures attack on US mainland

:: North Korea’s foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s insult calling leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man” makes “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable More »

Saudi FM: We demand Qatar abide by Riyadh agreement promises

:: Speaking at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly in New York, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister reiterated the Anti-Terror Quartet’s demands that Qatar abide by the Riyadh agreements it had made, including More »

 

Daily Archives: August 13, 2017

Lessons from the past for a man building the Saudi future

Eric Morris

By : Eric Morris :: With the Middle East in a state of flux and old alliances reshaping and reforming, the challenge facing Saudi Arabia’s crown prince may seem daunting. But there are lessons from the past he can draw

How can Saudi Arabia prioritize and obtain its strategic interests?

Faisal Al-Shammeri

By : Faisal Al-Shammeri :: It has been said that “Great Powers do not have friends, they have interests.” As valid as this statement is, it is applicable up and down the ladder in multiple aspects in life. People have

Why is Britain opting for cut-price diplomacy?

Anthony Harris

By : Anthony Harris :: In the midst of my concerns about what kind of country Britain is likely to become, what with Brexit and the government’s inability to decide what that actually means, I noticed a small article in

Late mediation makes Doha sink further

Sawsan Al Shaer

By : Sawsan Al Shaer :: The delay in finalizing the Qatari problem escalates the situation and makes us more distant with Qatar. The more mediators renew their efforts, the more Qatar thinks it is right and that everyone wants

Washington relies on Moscow to influence Tehran

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Kurdish national ambitions are hitting Iranian, Turkish and Arab roadblocks — all for different reasons. Tensions and radical differences are growing more intense between conflicting projects, amid a clamor regarding partition and influence-sharing in Iraq

Iran’s jaw-dropping hypocrisy on the Qatar crisis

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: There is a famous saying that “in politics, there is neither a lasting friendship nor a permanent enmity, but rather a permanent interest.” It is true. The most successful policies are the most realistic

Netanyahu’s hold on power hangs by a thread

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Very few leaders have had the wisdom to vacate their seat at the height of their power. Most start with great promise and hope, and end their tenure with a whimper. After eight consecutive years

Britain says will not stay in EU via ‘back door’

:: After weeks of feuding, two key figures in Britain’s cabinet came together Sunday to say any post-Brexit transition would not be a “back door” to continued European Union membership. Finance minister Philip Hammond, who favors a softer, pro-business Brexit,

Merkel embarks on Germany’s ‘strangest’ campaign

Angela Merkel

:: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has returned from a three-week Alpine holiday to embark Saturday on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country’s post-war history. After months of studiously ignoring the race for the Sept. 24

Ivanka Trump to head US delegation at India summit

:: United States President Donald Trump announced on twitter that his daughter will be leading the US delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India on Thursday, daily newspaper Khaleej Times reported. Trump added that having Ivanka lead the

Canadian pastor returns home after North Korea ordeal

James Lim

:: A Canadian pastor imprisoned in North Korea for more than two years returned home Saturday days after being released, officials said. Hyeon Soo Lim, 62, was arrested in January 2015 on charges of subversive activities against the North Korean

Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate

:: Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe. That’s the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that

US president trying to ‘kill’ nuclear deal, says Iranian foreign minister

Mohammed Javad Zarif

:: Iran’s foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of trying to “kill” the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Mohammed Javad Zarif said on his Twitter account on Friday that the US president “always wanted to kill”

Saudi commission suspends services at main offices of STC, Mobily and Zain for violating rules

:: The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has temporarily suspended the services of the flagship offices in Riyadh of the Saudi Telecommunication Co. (STC), Mobily and Zain. Violations relating to implementation of the commission’s decision on protecting users have

Xi urges Trump to avoid exacerbating N. Korea tensions

:: Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump on Saturday to avoid rhetoric that could inflame tensions with North Korea as an escalating war of words raised global alarm. Xi made the plea in a phone call hours

Deposed Pakistani PM calls for ‘revolution’ in talk to crowd

:: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told thousands of supporters he would “change the fate of the country” despite being ousted by the Supreme Court, as he ended a four-day procession from Islamabad to Lahore on Saturday. Sharif had

Iraq’s Kurds stick to independence vote despite US call to delay it

:: Iraq’s Kurds are sticking to a plan to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25, despite a US request to postpone it, a high-ranking Kurdish official told Reuters on Saturday. The United States and other Western nations are worried

US-Saudi joint exercise ‘Earnest Leader 2017’ concludes

:: US-Saudi ground forces on Thursday concluded their joint exercise “Earnest Leader 2017” in Tabuk, which aimed to develop and strengthen military relations, plans and programs between the two countries. The joint exercise was held in the presence of Maj.

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