Trump attacks the New York Times for posting article on his TV viewing habits

Monday, 11 December 2017

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack the New York Times after they had published an article that focused on his television viewing habits.“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting,” Trump tweeted on Monday.Trump was ...

US Vice President Pence responds to Palestinian refusal to hold meeting

Monday, 11 December 2017

Press Secretary for US Vice President Mike Pence Alyssa Farah said on Sunday that the Palestinians' refusal to meet with Pence is "walking away from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region." The statment added: "The administration remains undeterred in its efforts to achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and our peace team remains hard at work to put together a plan," according to the Jerusalem Post. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ ...

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 ...

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Trump demands, gets apology from Washington Post reporter

Sunday, 10 December 2017

US President Donald Trump has demanded and received an apology from a Washington Post reporter who posted a photo of Trump’s Florida rally on Friday. Trump tweeted Saturday that “.@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in.” The post included photos of the Pensacola venue as Trump spoke. “Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction ...

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in plea to avoid complacency

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Former US president Barack Obama has urged American voters to remain engaged, using the example of Nazi Germany as a cautionary tale about the dangers of complacency."We get complacent and assume that things continue as they have been, just automatically, and they don't," Obama said in comments at a conference in Chicago, footage of which was available Friday on social media."You have to tend to this garden of democracy -- otherwise, things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we've ...

Muslims pray outside White House in protest against Trump’s Jerusalem move

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Responding to the call of American Muslim organizations, worshipers laid out their prayer mats at a park in front of the president's residence. Wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarves or the colors of the Palestinian flag, protesters also held placards denouncing Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. On ...

Trump Mideast advisor Dina Powell leaving white house

Saturday, 9 December 2017

President Donald Trump's deputy national security advisor, Dina Powell, is leaving the post early next year, the White House said Friday.The Egyptian-born Powell, a top advisor on Middle East policy and a fluent Arabic speaker, has been part of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The announcement of her departure comes just two days after Trump declared official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a widely criticized move that ...

Strikes and protests planned across Palestine over Jerusalem decision

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Palestinian factions on Wednesday called a general strike and midday rallies to protest US President Donald Trump's announcement that he has recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, they said in a joint statement. Answering the call for strike on Thursday, the Palestinian education ministry declared a day off and urged teachers as well as high school and university students to take part in the planned rallies in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Palestinian areas ...

UN Security Council to meet Friday on Jerusalem

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday at the request of eight states on the 15-member body over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said on Thursday. The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, said diplomats. Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday, ...

World powers warn US recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting ‘fire’

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Turkish government's spokesman on Wednesday said that the United States' decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will plunge the region and the world into "a fire with no end in sight". "Declaring Jerusalem a capital is disregarding history and the truths in the region, it is a big injustice/cruelty, shortsightedness, foolishness/madness, it is plunging the region and the world into a fire with no end in sight," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on ...

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