Iran , U.S. play a high-stakes game of chicken

BY MARKOS KOUNALAKIS   Iran and America entered a new and intense phase of word-slinging and trash-talking this week. Wars of words can sometimes lead to shooting wars or they can raise the stakes so high that negotiations become necessary to skirt conflict. Which will it be with Iran? Future talks or terror? President Trump […]

America’s Jews are watching Israel in horror

By Dana Milbank My rabbi, Danny Zemel, comes from Zionist royalty: His grandfather, Rabbi Solomon Goldman, led the Zionist Organization of America in the late 1930s, and presided over the World Zionist Convention in Zurich in 1939. So Zemel’s words carried weight when he told his flock this week on Kol Nidre, the holiest night […]

What is bigger and beyond the battle for Idlib

BY : Eyad Abu Shakra There seems to be a consensus that the battle for Idlib province in northwest Syria will be the final one in the “Syrian War”, and the first step towards Syria’s recovery. That could be true, but about how wars end, I would like to revisit an interesting true story I heard […]

Crazy Poor Middle Easterners

The Middle East could prosper if it would put its past behind it. By Thomas L. Friedman I greatly enjoyed the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” because, beyond the many laugh lines, it reminded me of an important point: Rich Asia has gotten really rich — not because it doesn’t have political, tribal, ethnic and religious […]

The Death Blow Is Coming for Syrian Democracy

The Assad regime’s imminent assault on Idlib will empower jihadists and crush the last of the revolution’s democrats. Why is the world standing by? By Leila Al-Shami* The Syrian regime is determined to reconquer all of the territory it has lost. Aided by Russian bombers and Iranian troops, and emboldened by its success in terrorizing […]

McCain’s death marks a new era for congressional checks on Trump

By Karoun Demirjian Sen. John McCain’s death heralds a sea change for congressional challenges to the Trump administration on national security, as the president’s two most vocal Republican critics pass their powerful committee gavels to two of President Trump’s biggest supporters. McCain (R-Ariz.), who used his chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee to question […]

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 — […]