Analysis: Trump’s core support slipping, polls say

Analysis by Gregory Krieg and Ryan Struyk, On the campaign trail, Donald Trump famously described his core supporters as impervious to outside influence — even when it when it came to his own troubling or divisive behavior. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody,” he said at a 2015 rally […]

Is Kushner bringing conflict, not peace, to the Middle East?

Several top Trump administration officials, including the president’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, slammed Iran this weekend, demonstrating that the administration is maintaining its support for Saudi Arabia and its efforts to contain Iran’s influence in the Middle East. But experts argue their rhetoric might be hurting the administration’s diplomatic efforts. In a rare public […]

The rise and fall of Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemen’s ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed on Monday, ruled the Arabian Peninsula country for more than three decades, remaining a key player long after his 2012 resignation. Adept at navigating Yemen’s complex politics, he survived civil war, rebellion in the north, an Al-Qaeda insurgency in the south and a June 2011 bomb attack […]

Containing Iran’s influence: The regional players’ wagers on Tel Aviv and Israel’s calculations

By Raghida Dergham Waters will not flow again under the bridges after the return from Riyadh to Beirut of the outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri — via Paris then another Arab capital. Attempts to pressure him to fall into the orbit of Hezbollah and its ally President Michel Aoun for having “saved him from Saudi […]

Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it’s all recently got a lot more tense. Here’s why. How come Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along? Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance. The decades-old feud between them […]

On brink of bankruptcy, Venezuela faces day of reckoning

Locked in a deep economic crisis, Venezuela’s beleaguered government has summoned creditors for crisis talks on Monday as it lurches dangerously close to defaulting on its debt. The country with the world’s largest known oil reserves is on the brink of bankruptcy, and its embattled President Nicolas Maduro is fast running out of options. With […]

No sense of stability in the Middle East until there is a regime change in Iran, says US admiral

Retired US Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, Jr. recalls the military plan that could have changed the course of history — and who sabotaged it. He strongly  believes  that there will be no sense of stability in the Middle East until there is a regime change in Iran.  By Joseph Puder The debate on the future of the Iran nuclear deal […]