Scholarship for Muslim women honors pioneering scientist

Monday, 11 December 2017

When it came to pursuing a scientific career, Tasneem Essader encountered forces pulling her in and pushing her away: She drew inspiration from her mother’s work in chemistry, but initial discouragement from her engineer father, who thought she should do something else. She was inspired by women engineers she met, but found few girls around her in advanced high school science classes.Essader, who feels strongly connected to her Muslim faith, also struggled to find the right fit among an ...

How do you solve a problem like Jerusalem?

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Arabs now believe that the charade of the US being an honest broker in the stalled, non-existent peace process has finally been put to rest with Trump’s announcement of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The US had after all only offered feeble protestations at the ever expanding Israeli settlements which changed the facts on the ground while the Palestinians watched in horror as their future state diminished.Trump’s decision puts him at odds with all his international allies. And ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Arab states urge US to abandon Jerusalem move

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Arab foreign ministers on Sunday urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the move would increase violence throughout the region. The announcement by President Donald Trump on Wednesday was a "dangerous violation of international law" and had no legal impact, the Arab League said in a statement after several hours of meetings attended by all its members in Cairo. In Cairo, the head of Egypt’s largest Christian church ...

North Korea, China and the US together, and at odds

Friday, 8 December 2017

With the world reeling from President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and igniting fury and dismay from friends and foes alike, the US seems also bent on stoking an even bigger nuclear catastrophe on the Korean peninsula in the tit-for-tat spat with that country.However, unlike the seemingly doomed and obscure so-called peace making shuttles by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in the Middle East, now possibly buried by the Trump announcement, ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

UN envoy meets North Korean foreign minister

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A senior United Nations official on a rare high-level visit to North Korea held talks with the North's foreign minister on Thursday. Jeffrey Feltman, the UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the second full day of the highest-level UN visit to the North since 2010. He arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a stay expected to last four or five days. It’s not immediately known what the two discussed. According to North Korea’s state-run ...

Russian MPs ban US media from parliament

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Russian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to ban US media labelled as “foreign agents” from accessing the lower house of parliament in response to the US Congress stripping state channel RT of its credentials. The move came a day after Moscow named nine US media outlets including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty “foreign agents” after RT was forced to accept the same status in the US. “In the defense of democratic values, deputies of the State Duma ...

Trump tells Jordan’s king he intends to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

US President Donald Trump phoned Jordan’s King Abdullah on Tuesday to tell him he intends to proceed with a decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Jordanian palace statement said. King Abdullah was quoted in the statement as telling Trump that such a decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region” and would obstruct US efforts to resume Arab-Israeli peace talks. It would also inflame Muslim and Christian ...

US official on Saleh’s death: ‘Iranian regime exploiting Yemen war’

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A US official speaking to Al Arabiya English has commented on the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.“We continue to call on all parties to re-energize political negotiations which are the only way to end the war. This war is destabilizing for the region and the Iranian regime is exploiting this war for its political ambitions,” the official said.Saleh was killed by Iranian-backed Houthi militias as he fled the capital Sanaa on Monday.Saleh, who had ruled Yemen for ...

Saudi crown prince meets with US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Monday, 4 December 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the United States’ Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in Riyadh on Sunday. During the meeting, they discussed the strategic partnership between the two countries in various fields, especially in energy, environment, industry and joint investments between the two countries, especially in the petrochemical, infrastructure and energy sectors. The Saudi crown prince affirmed the kingdom's keenness to stabilize energy markets and supply them in a ...

US pulls out of United Nations global compact on migration

Sunday, 3 December 2017

The administration of President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it "inconsistent" with its policies, the US mission to the global body announced Saturday. "Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration," the Americans said in a statement. In September ...

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