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 […]

Why does Putin want to control Ukraine? Ask Stalin.

In 2014, Russian officials looked with horror at the young people waving European flags and calling for democracy in Kiev’s Maidan Square and were determined to make sure such a movement would never spread to Russia itself: A mass anti-corruption protest — particularly one that ends with occupation of the dictator’s palace — is what […]

What to do with an unfit president

By Editorial Board US SEN. BOB CORKER, a Tennessee Republican, says “the vast majority” of Senate Republicans understand the “volatility” of President Trump “and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.” If that is so — and Mr. Corker seems liberated […]