What to expect from the Arab summit

Arab leaders meeting at the Dead Sea on Wednesday are not expected to adopt momentous resolutions that could spell a departure from previous positions on key issues that include Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and the war on terrorism. But the overall message coming from the 28th Arab summit will be one of unity and accord, […]

Will Hezbollah Remain in Syria Forever?

By Mona Alami Hezbollah plays a highly versatile role in Syria. The Lebanese organization initially provided expert support to Assad in its crackdown on protesters. In 2011, Lebanese media started publicizing the death of Hezbollah fighters in Syria. The role of Hezbollah evolved to encompass offensive strategy during battles and much needed training to militias […]

Trump and Russia: What the fallout could be

US President Donald Trump’s Russia problems seem to be getting worse by the week — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become the latest senior Trump official to be found within a murky web of ties and contacts to Russia. But the communications between key Trump aides and Moscow officials are just some of the Russia-induced […]

Trump and Putin: A clash or a deal?

By Raghida Dergham The rush to bet on an “inevitable” deal between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has stumbled on the reality of the rules and strategic interests that govern US-Russian relations. They go beyond the name and character of the man in the Oval Office. Washington and Moscow are […]

AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change

BY HANNAH DREIER AND JOSHUA GOODMAN CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line – three times […]

Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve

By E.J. Dionne Jr. Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country: What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States? The Michael Flynn fiasco was the entirely predictable product of the indiscipline, […]

Trump-Netanyahu love is unlikely to last

By: Noga Tarnopolsky As they prepare to meet for the first time since Donald Trump became president, the similarities between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the new American head of state have become too tempting for pundits to resist. “How Will America Look After Years of Trump and Bannon? See: Israel” – and variations […]

Donald Trump is a lot of things — Un-American isn’t one of them

By: Jesse Mechanic, Writer, Editor-in-chief of TheOvergrown.com We crafted Donald Trump, and we paved his golden path to victory. He’s a by-product of capitalism and our fame-first culture. He’s ours whether we like it or not. Many of the insults lobbed at President Trump by the opposition are quite accurate: he’s unpolished, he’s brash, he’s […]

Here is what could sink the Trump-Putin relationship

Donald Trump continues to defend Vladimir Putin. In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, the U.S. president dismissed the Fox News host’s description of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” said Trump. “What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” U.S. national security interests could certainly benefit from […]

What Steve Bannon really wants

What does Donald Trump want for America? His supporters don’t know. His party doesn’t know. Even he doesn’t know. If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, however, the person to ask is not Trump. It’s his éminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump administration. Bannon transcended his working-class Virginia roots […]