Saudis tell Trump “No More Oil”

By Ellen R. Wald Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman responded publicly to President Donald Trump’s recent spate of Tweets and statements concerning oil. While the President has been asking for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production to flood the market and keep prices down, the prince said no. This is a risk for Saudi […]

Clashes at Barcelona protest year after independence vote

A year after a banned referendum on secession from Spain, tens of thousands of Catalan protesters piled pressure on the region’s separatist government Monday during an anniversary marked by road and rail blockades and late-night clashes with police. According to municipal police, 180,000 protesters gathered in Barcelona late in the day behind a banner reading […]

Russia blames Israel for downing of plane by Syrian forces

The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces and said Israel appeared “ungrateful” for Moscow’s efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Syrian government forces mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane for an Israeli jet and shot it down Monday, killing all […]

Naming street after Hariri’s killer Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine, sparks outrage in Lebanon

The naming of a street in the Lebanese capital Beirut after a late military commander of the Hezbollah movement has sparked a political row. Mustafa Badreddine, after whom the street in the suburb of Ghobeiry is named, is alleged to have masterminded the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The street itself […]

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort also found guilty on eight charges, including tax fraud

Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  The guilty verdicts on eight counts are a victory for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between […]

UN chief concerned over Hezbollah, Palestinian arms, Israeli violations of Lebanon airspace

In his report, which was discussed during the closed-door consultations at the United Nations Security Council on Monday  , UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accused the Iranian backed -Hezbollah  militant group of “undermining” the ability of the Lebanese government to exercise its sovereignty and authority, al Jamhourieh newspaper reported “Hezbollah continues to publicly declare that it […]