Saudi King Salman, Tillerson discuss regional developments in Riyadh

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in the Yamama Palace on Sunday and discussed recent regional developments, bilateral relations and means of cooperation between the More »

Russian president: King Salman’s visit to Moscow a great honor

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Saudi King Salman’s visit to Moscow was a great honor for Russia, and described it as a “historical event” because it was the first visit More »

Yemen PM: Iranian ship seized near the coast of Socotra

:: The Yemeni government announced on Saturday that it had seized an Iranian ship carrying 19 sailors off the coast of the Socotra archipelago, east of the country. “The Iranian ship was More »

Saudi’s Al-Falih says global oil market improving, stabilizing

:: The global oil market is improving and stabilizing, Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Baghdad on Saturday. In a speech at the opening of the Baghdad International Exhibition, Al-Falih praised More »

US Treasury Secretary to visit Middle East over Iran threats

:: US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin will be visiting the Middle East this week to discuss the Terrorist Financing Target Center (TFTC) partnership and other matters on Iran. Accompanying Mnuchin is More »

 

Category Archives: Columns

Trump excludes Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces from his Iran strategy

Raghida Dergham

By : Raghida Dergham :: Donald Trump’s exclusion of Iraq from his enumeration of Iranian violations in the Arab world and the IRGC’s roles there, and in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, has interesting implications. Iraq seems to occupy a special

Iran and this dog’s dinner of diplomatic deception

Amir Taheri

By : Amir Taheri :: “Trump violates international treaty!” “Trump tears up pact signed by world powers!” These were some of the headlines when US President Donald Trump’s refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the “nuclear deal.” Some in the

900,000 Rohingya Refugees: The Moment When Humanitarian Spirit Failed

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: In the face of the historical disasters humanity has experienced, a majority of the world has developed some sort of reflex to ‘close their eyes’ and ‘play ostrich.’ Many leaders, administrators and representatives around the

Rejecting secession and marginalizing Kurds

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, tried to realize his people’s long-held dream of an independent state, despite predictions of failure. So why did he do it? Had he not tried,

The dangers of refusing to link nuclear agreement to Iran’s behavior

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Eyad Abu Shakra :: The wait for US President Donald Trump to announce his position on Iran’s nuclear agreement was a nail-biting moment for many. Trump, as several leaks had indicated he would, chose to decertify the Joint

What is at stake for Turkey in Somalia?

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: Somalia is the most significant pillar of Turkey’s Africa policy, which was officially launched in 2005. The Horn of Africa has been facing the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since 1991, and Turkey has been actively

Will withdrawing Egyptian nationality eliminate terrorism?

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: Will the draft legislation concerning the withdrawal of Egyptian nationality from citizens accused of terrorism help the country strengthen its identity and wipe out terrorism? I strongly doubt it. I am not even certain if

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

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

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

What Erdogan’s snub says about the US and Turkey

Sinem Cengiz

By : Sinem Cengiz :: A farewell reception took place in Ankara last week for John Bass, the departing US ambassador to Turkey. Attendance at such events is significant, and sends important signals regarding the relations between the host country

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