Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

:: Saudi Arabia’s air forces on Monday intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles over Taif, one heading for Mecca and the other for Jeddah, according to eyewitnesses. The Kingdom’s air defense forces were More »

Trump: If Iran wants to fight then that will be its official end

Trump: If Iran wants to fight then that will be its official end

:: US President Donald Trump threatened Iran in a tweet on Sunday, raising concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen. “If Iran More »

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

:: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with “all strength and determination” to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom’s top More »

King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah. The meeting will be held in More »

Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to arrive in India on Tuesday as part of his Asian tour, which kick started in Pakistan and will end in China at More »


Category Archives: Columns

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

Can we ban all nuclear weapons? Yes, we can

Yossi Mekelberg

By : Yossi Mekelberg :: Since it was first awarded in 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been regarded as the most prestigious accolade that any individual or organization could receive for their hard graft to bring about a somewhat

Maturity and morality, the missing ingredients of democracy in Egypt

Mohammed Nosseir

By : Mohammed Nosseir :: Democracy is not about institutional ruling mechanisms, fair elections and freedom of expression alone; building a consensus among all political forces involved in advancing the entire society is equally important. Political consensus (based on constructive

Scrutinizing the Kurdish referendum

Eyad Abu Shakra

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: It was really significant that the coffin of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani was wrapped with the national flag of Kurdistan rather than Iraq during his funeral. We are witnessing a virtual divorce between

Iran’s never-ending hostage-taking

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: Nazanin Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was with her infant daughter when Iranian authorities confiscated their passports. Ratcliffe, a British citizen working for the foundation’s charitable section, was imprisoned on

The two backlashes against globalization

Shashi Tharoor

By : Shashi Tharoor :: When I left India for graduate school in the US in 1975, the word “globalization” was not in use anywhere in the world. Back then, crossing borders was still a big deal, and getting a

Trump’s ‘breath of fresh air’ is an ill wind for Palestinians

Ray Hanania

By : Ray Hanania :: As tensions rise between Palestinians and Israelis, there are signs that President Donald Trump may soon unveil a new peace plan. An outsider from traditional Washington politics, Trump came to the White House unencumbered by

Grand master Putin watches as the pieces move

Maria Dubovikova

By : Maria Dubovikova :: The Middle East is undergoing a full-scale reshuffle of its geopolitical power system. Last week, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi was in France, King Salman of Saudi Arabia was in Russia and the Turkish

Living for ‘Likes’: a new pressure on the society

Harun Yahya

By : Harun Yahya :: Today, there are about two billion Facebook and 1.4 billion YouTube active users on social media. Instagram users are around 700 million. If we add 350 million Snapchat and 330 million Twitter users to this

Why Trump is right to re-think the nuclear deal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

By : Dr. Majid Rafizadeh :: The Trump White House has been a purveyor of very well-founded criticism of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Countering the narrative about the agreement

85 words that destroyed the Palestinian dream

Ramzy Baroud

By : Ramzy Baroud :: Some promises are made and kept, others disavowed. The Balfour Declaration, a promise made 100 years ago by the British Foreign Secretary to Jewish leaders in Britain, was honored only in part. A state for

Turkey and Iran dance the diplomatic two-step

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s one-day visit to Tehran last week had been due for several months, but the independence referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq accelerated the process.

Securing the nation is about more than weapons

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: Before we discuss the two military deals sealed during King Salman’s visit to Moscow last week, we shall be asking a more important question: Why does Riyadh seem increasingly interested in importing weapons in greater

Palestinian reconciliation a leap toward ending region’s chaos

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: In a step toward reconciliation, Gaza’s leadership welcomes the Palestinian Authority as it bids to end the dispute, release the detainees and take over the local administration. This is an important political and humanitarian deal

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