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Suffering Venezuelans Need the U.S. to Stay Hands-Off 0

Suffering Venezuelans Need the U.S. to Stay Hands-Off

James Stavridis – bloomberg When I served as commander of U.S. Southern Command, my first four-star assignment, I visited every country and territory in Latin America — except Venezuela. By the end of the first...

Spain will go ahead with sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia 0

Spain will go ahead with sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday, after the deal was halted amid concerns over the Saudi...

Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen’s Hodeidah to Sanaa 0

Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen’s Hodeidah to Sanaa

ADEN (Reuters) – Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a supply route for the Houthi group that controls...

U.S. marines conduct big drills with rebels in southern Syria 0

U.S. marines conduct big drills with rebels in southern Syria

AMMAN (Reuters) – A Syrian rebel commander said on Thursday rare military exercises with U.S. marines in southern Syria sent a strong message to Russia and Iran that the Americans and the rebels intend...

Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington 0

Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington

WASHINGTON (AFP) –  The Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington ceased operations on Thursday following a demand by the United States to shut down but expressed hope the closure would be short-lived. State Department officials on...

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report 0

US anger at Russia changes to UN N.Korea report

UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP) –  Several paragraphs referring to Russian oil trade in a United Nations report about sanctions on North Korea have been removed at Moscow’s urging, sparking US anger on Thursday. Russia...

Two Koreas open joint liaison office in North 0

Two Koreas open joint liaison office in North

KAESONG (NORTH KOREA) (AFP) –  North and South Korea opened a joint liaison office in the Northern city of Kaesong on Friday as they knit closer ties ahead of President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang...

After Canada-Saudi row, West confronts risk of speaking up 0

After Canada-Saudi row, West confronts risk of speaking up

RIYADH (AFP)-  Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic brawl with Canada has exposed what Western officials call “new red lines” in their engagement with the oil-rich kingdom, deterring nations from publicly criticising its human rights record. A...

Riyadh-based airline to recruit Saudi women as co-pilots 0

Riyadh-based airline to recruit Saudi women as co-pilots

RIYADH (AFP) –  Riyadh-based carrier Flynas has announced plans to recruit Saudi women to work as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time, just months after the kingdom lifted a decades-long ban on female...

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’ 0

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

Jeffrey Goldberg – theatlantic.com Many of Donald Trump’s critics find it difficult to ascribe to a president they consider to be both subliterate and historically insensate a foreign-policy doctrine that approaches coherence. A Trump Doctrine...

What Trump Gets Right About Europe 0

What Trump Gets Right About Europe

By Jochen Bittner – nytimes.com HAMBURG, Germany — Most people can agree that international affairs should not be conducted by tweet — especially when the tweeter in question is Donald Trump. Among other reasons, it’s easy...

Trump’s Approach to Kim Is Amoral. Also, It May Work. 0

Trump’s Approach to Kim Is Amoral. Also, It May Work.

Leonid Bershidsky – bloomberg.com Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un didn’t agree on anything of global importance, and the grandiose photo opportunity that took place in Singapore probably benefited Kim more than it did Trump. But the...

Plans to ban photos of Israeli soldiers will stain the country’s reputation even further 0

Plans to ban photos of Israeli soldiers will stain the country’s reputation even further

James Rodgers – theconversation.com That evening, the sun sank swiftly. The tank which blocked our way was briefly silhouetted by the last sharp rays, before it disappeared into the gloom. It was still there, but...

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Donald Trump’s New World Order

How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind. By Adam Entous On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador...

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to visit Russia next week: Ifax 0

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to visit Russia next week: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit Russia next week, Interfax cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday.  

Trump-Kim creations on the menu as Singapore chefs mark summit 0

Trump-Kim creations on the menu as Singapore chefs mark summit

SINGAPORE (AFP) –  From “El Trumpo” and “Rocket Man” tacos to the “Bromance” cocktail, restaurants and bars in food-crazy Singapore are rolling out weird and wonderful creations to mark the approaching US-North Korea summit. The...