Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »

 

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Eliminating Daesh on the ground is only half the battle

Abdel Latif el-Menawy

By : Abdellatif El-Menawy :: When the media speaks about Daesh, I immediately recall the lines by the Egyptian poet Amal Dunqul: “Do not dream of a happy world For behind every deceased Caesar is a new one.” Perhaps the

Macron’s perfect riposte to the politics of hate

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Whether or not one agrees with French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision of the future of the EU, as laid out in his recent Sorbonne speech, at least he has one. He must also be recognized

Iran is a paper tiger and not a regional power

Mohammed Al Shaikh

By : Mohammed Al Shaikh :: Iranians are such pathological liars that they delude themselves into believing their own falsehoods. They claim that they are a regional power, yet they avoid any face-to-face confrontation with their opponents. After being bitterly

Iran’s nuclear deal has not yet suffered a knockout blow

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: US President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear agreement could bring the ghost of war close to Europe. Trump has called on the US Congress to determine within two months whether to

Thousands respond ‘me too’ to actress’s Twitter prompt on sexual abuse

:: Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a massive outpouring with a simple Twitter request that women respond “me too” if they’ve been sexually assaulted or harassed. More than 27,000 people replied, making “#MeToo” the top trending topic through the day

James Corden catches flak for joking about Harvey Weinstein

James Corden

:: Television talk show host James Corden is facing a backlash over jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein. Corden made a string of quips about Weinstein and the sexual misconduct allegations against him during a Hollywood charity event Friday. Corden

Weinstein scandal signals end for ‘dinosaur’ men, Zeta-Jones says

:: Harvey Weinstein’s fall should be the end of “dinosaur” men preying on women, Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones said Tuesday as she premiered a film about a woman who had a brutally efficient way of dealing with chauvinism. The Oscar-winning

Saudi Arabia: No VAT on housing rent and government services

:: The official Value Added Tax (VAT) twitter account said on Sunday that VAT will not be applicable on housing rents or governmental services in Saudi Arabia. Some of the governmental services not adherent to the VAT include passport and

Colony Capital injects cash, in talks to buy Weinstein Co

:: The Weinstein Company has entered talks to sell the bulk of its assets to private equity firm Colony Capital, the companies said on Monday, as the film production company looks for stability after the departure of co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

‘Happy Death Day’ scares off ‘Blade Runner’ at box office

:: The box office might be struggling this year, but the horror genre is alive and well. This weekend the “Groundhog Day”-like horror pic “Happy Death Day” scored a first-place finish, surpassing expectations and blowing the much costlier and star-driven

Saudi Arabia cancels female Egyptian star Sherine’s concert

:: Saudi Arabia’s entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring a famous Egyptian singer named Sherine, known for her rags-to-riches story. The General Entertainment Authority said in a statement Sunday that the concert, which had been

On Iran, Europe swings behind Trump

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: To tell you the truth, the change in tone has taken us by surprise. Since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to decertify the nuclear agreement last weekend, the UK and Germany have become

Two cheers (but only two) for Palestinian reconciliation

Chris Doyle

By : Chris Doyle :: Gaza is in massive humanitarian crisis — its water undrinkable, its beaches polluted, its economy non-existent. Over 40 percent of its workforce is unemployed. Basic medicines are barely available. Electricity flows for just two hours.

The real reason for Trump’s angry diplomacy on North Korea

Ramzy Baroud

By : Ramzy Baroud :: To understand US strategy in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and a global economic

Do business with the Revolutionary Guards at your peril

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: It is a historic development. In one of the most critical moves since the establishment of the Iranian regime in 1979, President Donald Trump has instructed the US Treasury Department to impose new sanctions

Israel attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

:: Israel’s air force attacked a Syrian missile battery that fired on its warplanes as they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon on Monday, the Israeli military said. Israeli forces were unscathed in the incident, the media reports

How Trump may have set a trap for Iran

Oubai Shahbandar

By : Oubai Shahbandar :: To understand why the Iranian government is worried about President Donald Trump taking a harder line with sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards, we first must take a look back at how the 2015 nuclear deal

Why the ‘new Silk Road’ leads to the Middle East

Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi

By : Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi :: When the Communist Party of China convenes in Beijing this week for its 19th national congress, all eyes will be on a leader described on the current cover of The Economist magazine as the

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