Regarding foreign policy in general and the Middle East in particular, Donald Trump, as the new president of the United States, would stand out as the most unpredictable man to have occupied this position ever since his country started deploying an overseas imperial policy in the late 19th century.
Trump has contradicted himself and changed […]
Israel on Monday formally rejected France’s invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying it was a distraction from the goal of direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
At a meeting in Jerusalem with Israel’s acting national security adviser and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s diplomatic adviser, French envoy […]
Donald Trump repeated his call to “drain the swamp,” knocking the “failed elites in Washington” for being wrong about everything from foreign policy to health care.
“The people opposing us are the same people — and think of this — who’ve wasted $6 trillion on wars in the Middle East — we could have rebuilt […]
Cerca de 144 milhões de eleitores irão às urnas hoje para eleger os prefeitos, vice-prefeitos e vereadores de seus municípios em apuração dos votos do primeiro turno. De acordo com a Justiça Eleitoral, 475.363 candidatos disputam os 5.568 cargos de prefeito e 57.931 cargos de vereador.
Para votar, o eleitor deve ir à sua seção […]
After a presidential campaign dominated by reality-show-style insults and put-downs, the winner of next month’s American election will wake up the following morning to find a far more daunting reality waiting: a Middle East awash in conflict and disarray, desperate for American leadership.
The 45th president will inherit problems associated with the region that are […]
At pivotal moments in our history, America has courageously concluded that a central tenet of its foreign policy, conceived with the best intentions, simply isn’t working. Hard though it’s been for this proud and mighty nation to admit failure, trading a losing strategy for a fresh course has brought such triumphs as the Nixon-Kissinger pacts […]
Brazil’s Workers Party (PT), which, until PT President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment at the end of last August, had ruled the country for 13 years, suffered a major rout in municipal elections held on October 2. Brazilians went to the polls to elect the mayors and city councils in all of the country’s 5,570 municipalities. Voting […]
Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday that former president and leader of the Workers Party, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva will be a candidate for the next presidential elections in 2018 (Eleições Presidenciais 2018).
She argued that the coup organized by the right-wing elites against her was mainly motivated by Lula’s probable candidacy, “Today, […]
In 2001, shortly after he was elected prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon traveled to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the Kremlin.
According to Danny Ayalon, who was an adviser to the Israeli prime minister at the time, Mr. Putin, as is the habit of world leaders, urged Mr. Sharon to […]
I always said,” Donald Trump told Matt Lauer at the Commander-in-Chief Forum on Sept. 7, “take the oil.” It was a rare instance of Trump not exaggerating. Seizing Middle Eastern oil has always been one of Trump’s favorite foreign-policy refrains. In addition to the Sept. 7 forum, he voiced virtually the same words during the […]
A number of deep-rooted problems are ravaging the Middle East and the larger Muslim world. It is as if the Muslim world is paying for the consequences of the global disorder after the collapse of the bi-polar world-system. The “Middle East,” as it is used in common parlance, rarely conveys a sense of hope and […]
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday publicly disagreed with his vice-presidential running mate Mike Pence on how the United States should deal with the ongoing civil war in Syria, exposing cracks in the partnership.
During the second presidential debate held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, debate moderator Martha Raddatz asked Trump what […]
Daesh militants captured several villages from Syrian opposition groups in a counter-attack near the Turkish border that forced them to retreat, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported today.
The Syrian rebels, whom Turkey has supported with tanks and airstrikes, had been pushing towards the Daesh stronghold of Dabiq, a village with symbolic importance […]
The Palestinian high court Monday ordered municipal elections only in the West Bank and not the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, possibly ending hopes of the first competitive Palestinian polls in a decade. A new date was not set for the suspended polls, initially scheduled for October 8, but the electoral commission asked for a delay of […]
The White House is putting forward a proposal to add a new racial category for people from the Middle East and North Africa under what would be the biggest realignment of federal racial definitions in decades.
If approved, the new designation could appear on census forms in 2020 and could have far-reaching implications for racial […]
The militant National Liberation Party (PLN) Aiza Sigifredo Campos, a few days ago launched his presidential candidacy at the TSE Costa Rica. The former deputy for the province of Guanacaste and Nicoya neighbor used a video on YouTube which invites Costarricenses to know him.
In the video the politician said that the present rulers lack […]
At an outpost near the town of Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq, a dozen or so members of the Badr Organization, an Iran-backed Shiite militia fighting the Islamic State, seat themselves on the floor and begin to eat lunch. They dip bread into a meat stew poured over hot mounds of rice, then sip from cups of […]
With the abrupt collapse of a cease-fire in Syria last week, international migration officials expect no letup in a wave of migration out of the Middle East that has set off the worst global migrant crisis in 70 years.
The five-year conflict in Syria has displaced half its population, driving more than 6 million Syrians […]
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have an opportunity to lay out an overarching policy on the Middle East in Monday night’s debate. Thus far, that has been missing in the presidential campaign. Amongst the public, there is widespread frustration with repeated policy failures and a perception that the region is beyond repair.
The next […]
The U.S. State Department under the leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton continued a program to embolden foreign, revolutionary, social media activists to agitate for regime change in various parts of the world. The program arguably had major, detrimental consequences for the trajectory of the Middle East.
Recent leaks show a memo that top Clinton aide […]
Although Donald Trump doesn’t have too many nice things to say about people in the Middle East, he has spent the past year and a half lionizing one man in particular: Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi.
The Egyptian leader and former army officer came to power in a military coup in 2013 and has […]
Akef Smeirat is doing something no other Christian candidate in Jordan has done: he’s running with Islamists.
“Today we need to stop talking about divisions, Islamist and leftist, tribe versus tribe,” Mr. Smeirat told residents of this Christian village who gathered recently in a tent overlooking rolling olive orchards on the outskirts of Amman. […]
Israel’s military has sent an extra battalion to Hebron in the occupied West Bank after a spike in alleged attacks over the weekend.
“In accordance with situation assessments following recent terror attacks, the IDF [army] is deploying a battalion to reinforce the area of Hebron,” the Israeli military tweeted Saturday evening.
Three Palestinians […]
srael will receive the biggest US military aid ever given to any country.
The $38bn deal is signed four months before US President Barack Obama leaves office, ensuring some certainty for Israeli politicians before the next president is sworn in.
Obama’s aides see the weapons deal as an important part of his legacy.
With the United States pulling back after years of frustrated efforts to break the intractable impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, Russia is stepping forward with its own drive to bring peace to a fractured land.
A special envoy has been shuttling through the region, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are jockeying for position, and Russia […]
Only Americans will vote in November for a new president, but that doesn’t make the world any less invested in the outcome.
U.S. military and economic power has long played a large influence globally, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Middle East. The United States’ two largest benefactors of foreign aid (Israel […]
In Lebanon today, all the symptoms of the Middle East’s current turmoil are visible. Newly arrived refugees from Syria and Iraq are joining Palestinian refugees who have long been here. The country hasn’t had a president for two years, as rival political factions, reflecting the rising enmity between their Iranian and Saudi Arabian backers, are […]
August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on Aug. 8. On the following day, Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the first encounter after […]
Barack Obama took office in 2009 with two big personal priorities in foreign policy: the limitation of nuclear weapons and the cause of Palestinian statehood. This summer the president has been weighing a flurry of possible last-minute actions to cement his legacy on nukes, including a U.N. resolution that would ban testing. That raises an […]
are being closely followed, partly for their entertainment appeal, but also as the US remains crucial for its role in the Middle East.
“Partly because of the characters involved, there has been a lot of media coverage here,” Tamir Sheafer, a professor of political science at Hebrew University told The Media Line. “But Israelis […]
In order to create a semblance of objectivity and fairness, American policymakers and analysts are willing to accept the blame for the mistakes of the distant past that have no bearing on the present; however, any fact that impinges on their present policy is conveniently brushed aside.
In the case of the creation of […]
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promises his administration would be tough on immigration.
He would temporarily suspend immigration from regions with a “history of exporting terrorism” and call for “extreme vetting” of people who want to come to the United States, Trump said Aug. 15 in Youngstown, Ohio.
He raised concerns over the […]
“The Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have launched a new wave of airstrikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria. The ministry says its jets took off earlier in the day on Wednesday from a base southwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran, to strike targets in the east of Syria. It says they destroyed two […]
For those responsible for U.S. foreign policy, explaining and defending it is often one of the most challenging aspects of government. The ideal goal in selling the policy is always to be intellectually honest, respectful, and responsive while making sure not to wander away from approved talking points.
And that’s not always an easy balance […]
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump keeps calling President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton the “founders” of ISIS, insisting that bad US policies both were involved in are to blame for the rise of the terrorist group.
“[Obama] was the founder of ISIS, absolutely,” Trump told CNBC Thursday. “The way he removed […]
Overseas citizen voters face a specific set of voting challenges but we provide you the information and resources so you can successfully vote absentee for the 2016 USA Election.
Regardless of where you are in the world, it is important to know there are people and resources available to assist you with the absentee voting […]
De acuerdo a lo precisado por voceros de la cartera política, la reunión con las provincias tendrá al menos tres ejes centrales: “Reemplazo del sistema de multiplicidad de boletas, por uno de boleta única, creación de un ente con autonomía del Gobierno para que sea la autoridad electoral y definición de un cronograma simplificado de […]
Every Russian schoolchild is taught about the violent death of Aleksandr Griboyedov in 1829. A poet and playwright whose work is enshrined in the country’s literary canon, Griboyedov had the misfortune to be Czar Nicholas I’s ambassador to Tehran in the wake of Persia’s humiliating loss of territory to Moscow’s spreading empire. A Tehran mob, […]
Para las próximas elecciones legislativas se estima que se pueda implementar las máquinas electrónicas para que el mecanismo de elección sea más rápido.
Lo que fue una de las propuesta de Macri cuando fue candidato, hoy en día puede ser una realidad. Ya se está empezando a realizar los primeros mecanismos para que la idea […]
The barriers to women’s political participation in the Middle East have long preoccupied scholars and analysts. The Arab uprisings of early 2011 disrupted virtually every dimension of Arab politics and societies, forcing a systematic reevaluation of many long-held political science theories and assumptions. The place of women in politics and the public sphere was no […]
The Chilean Electoral Service (Servel) is an autonomous body with legal personality and assets, responsible for administration, supervision and control of electoral processes and plebiscites; compliance with rules on transparency, limit and control of electoral spending; of the rules on political parties and other functions that the respective constitutional organic law 1 and the system […]
When President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia later this month for a summit meeting with Gulf Arab leaders, he will need to reassure these longstanding American allies that the United States intends to stand by its friends in the increasingly turbulent Middle East.
President Obama’s visit comes in the midst of complex and alarming challenges—sectarian […]
The Panama Papers released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on April 3 set out previously unknown details of the financial dealings of more than 140 politicians from more than 50 countries. Among them are former prime ministers of Iraq, Jordan and Qatar, a former emir of Qatar and the current Saudi king.
Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence. It may be a risky bet.
The kingdom has long vied with Iran for dominance in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, but one place their hostilities had […]
Jeffrey Goldberg’s fascinating article taps into President Obama’s thinking about foreign policy and reveals its wellsprings. In that sense, he does more to help the president define and explain “the Obama Doctrine” than previous efforts by the White House itself, captured in those memorable lines “don’t do stupid shit” and “leading from behind,” which do […]
Most investors know what an emerging market is. Some might even be able to offer a pretty good definition of what puts the “emerge” into emerging markets. But ask about the Middle East, and no one really knows what it is.
Geographically, it’s the region that stretches from the eastern Mediterranean and southern Turkey to […]
Imagine that it is Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt goes before the Congress to request a declaration of war against . . . the Nazis’ SS.
Not the Japanese—they could never occupy the U.S. Not Hitler—we don’t much like him, but he’s not doing the […]
Tony Blair obtained a “blessing” from Chinese leaders for a company owned by a Saudi prince to do business in China as part of an arrangement that paid the former UK prime minister’s firm £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any multimillion-pound contracts he helped to secure.
A series of documents, seen by […]