‘Animals’? Trump says he’ll keep using term for gang members

Friday, 18 May 2018

President Donald Trump is defending his use of the word “animals” to describe some immigrants who enter the country illegally, saying he would continue to use the term to refer to violent gang members despite a sharp rebuke from Democratic leaders. Answering a reporter’s question during a meeting Thursday with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump said his comment a day earlier had clearly been directed at members of the MS-13 gang. “MS-13, these are animals ...

EU initiates steps to protect European business in Iran

Friday, 18 May 2018

The European Commission said on Friday it had started the process of renewing a sanctions-blocking measure to protect European businesses in Iran, after the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. The Commission said in a statement it had “launched the formal process to activate the Blocking Statute by updating the list of US sanctions on Iran falling within its scope,” referring to an EU regulation from 1996. EU officials say they are ...

Hezbollah’s lists

Friday, 18 May 2018

Six Hezbollah leaders are now on the terror lists of six Gulf countries and the US. The background of this issue is also important. In May last year, the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center was inaugurated after the memorandum of understanding was signed between Gulf states and the US in Riyadh while President Donald Trump was visiting. It is true that these six people listed do not have Saudi or Gulf bank accounts and do not visit these countries or the US, but blacklisting them is part of a ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

German economy minister: If US adopts ‘America First’ policy Europe will respond

Friday, 18 May 2018

The United States must reckon with Europe responding in kind if it declares an “America First” policy and places its own economic interests before those of others, Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said. In an interview with ARD television, Altmaier attributed the United States’s desire to block the building of a new pipeline linking Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea to its need to secure markets for its own liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. ...

The Iranian agreement that collapsed

Friday, 18 May 2018

There is no doubt that Barack Obama, with the key help of his secretary of state John Kerry who ran for the presidential elections in 2004, put in all of his efforts to finalize the nuclear agreement with Iran. During the long and tough negotiations, it was clear that the Iranians knew that Obama was keener than they were to reach a deal. Of course, all American presidents are keen to fulfill any achievements regarding a thorny issue. For instance, Bill Clinton tried to reach a final solution ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

Will Trump’s move on Iran bring focus on denuclearization?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Since pulling the plug on the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the US has put the EU, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany in a quandary regarding why it ended. Showing no clear road-map since then, Trump has his European allies on nail-biting edge while China and Russia have taken the news with some equanimity. Right now, the US is on one side while all the other signatories are trying to resolve the crisis in their own way. Having entered the agreement as sovereign entities, the EU, France, ...

Sabena Siddiqui

Maersk says US sanctions make doing business in Iran impossible

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk said Thursday it would shut down its business in Iran to abide with re-imposed sanctions after Washington pulled the United States from a nuclear accord. “With the sanctions the Americans are to impose, you can’t do business in Iran if you also have business in the US, and we have that on a large scale,” Soren Skou told Reuters in an interview following the firm’s first-quarter report. ...

What happened to Trump, the American Mussolini?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

It is said that American President Ronald Reagan did not like to talk about foreign policy and instead preferred to tell jokes and narrate stories about him and his wife Nancy. Despite this, his administration changed the face of the world as we know it today and plenty has been written about the Reagan Doctrine. This almost applies to Trump who spends a lot of time posting on Twitter and fighting the media. Despite this annoying fuss, the structures of Trump’s doctrine on foreign policy ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

The unintended unravelling of the OPEC pact agreement

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The current OPEC plus agreement seems to be holding but the withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal has created some uncertainties going forward, with new red lines and slogans from all parties. Sometimes slogans can lead to far reaching consequences. This was the case with Drill, Baby, Drill the slogan, which proved to be popular and gained further prominence after it was used by Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin in her debate with Joe Biden in the 2008 US Presidential ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

As Iran licks its wounds post Trump snap, concerns grow further afield in India, Pakistan

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

US President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal may have pleased most in the Gulf region but it is beginning to have an impact further afield – more precisely in India and to some extent in Pakistan.India has had delicate energy equations with most energy suppliers in the region and this latest turn of events has only made it difficult. India’s Energy Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, during his visit to the UAE earlier this week, played down the crisis and hinted ...

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