Trump made a mistake on North Korea

by  Frida Ghitis The day after he gave himself an A+ on his presidential performance, President Donald Trump unexpectedly canceled a crucial trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, all but acknowledging that his strategy to end the North Korean nuclear threat has so far failed. Trump, you’ll recall, had already declared […]

Why Saudi’s Aramco IPO won’t happen

It was the moment Saudi Arabia’s reforming young prince told the world he meant business. In early 2016, Mohammed bin Salman said he planned to sell shares in the kingdom’s crown jewel: Saudi Aramco, the giant energy company that produces 10% of the world’s oil and finances the Saudi state. The initial public offering — […]

The latest attack on free speech in the Israel-Palestine debate

  By: Manar Waheed, Legislative and Advocacy Counsel, ACLU & Brian Hauss, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project Members of Congress last month introduced the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.” The bill purports to address a real problem: According to the FBI, incidents of hate crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias have significantly increased in recent years. […]

Trump-Kim agreement is minuscule first step at best

During an unprecedented meeting Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un signed an agreement that includes, in part, the establishment of “new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.” Some have called the agreement too vague; others say it’s a first step.  Expectations were […]

Iraq’s top 10 potential prime ministers

Will Iran allow Iraq to finally be independent and pick its own leader ? BY BORZOU DARAGAHI Nouri al-Maliki was a relatively unknown parliamentary infighter for Iraq’s Dawa Party when he was tapped to replace the ineffectual Ibrahim al-Jaafari as his country’s prime minister following the disastrous bombing of a Shiite holy site in the […]

Trump Said He’d Be Different On Israel And Palestine. He Lied.

By Neil J. Young, columnist When asked on Monday if the White House would call on Israel to show restraint after its forces shot and killed dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, a spokesman for President Donald Trump said, “Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response. … Israel has a right to defend itself.” […]

The way forward in Iraq

By Mina Al-Oraibi* ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Moktada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric, who contested the Iraqi elections on an inclusive, nonsectarian list with Communists, independents and liberal civil society groups, has emerged as the winner. Mr. Sadr’s electoral list, “Sairoon” in Arabic, or “On The Move,” garnered the largest number of votes, […]