Prankster hands British PM unemployment notice

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at her Conservative Party’s annual conference on Wednesday was interrupted by a serial prankster handing her an unemployment notice - and then by her own repeated coughing. Comedian Lee Nelson, whose real name is Simon Brodkin, walked up to the stage and gave May the form, known in Britain by its reference code P45. He claimed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has clashed with May over Brexit, told him to do it. “Boris said in one ...

King Salman condemns London bombing

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, condemned the bombing of the London Underground in a telegram to British Prime Minister Theresa May. A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 22 people on Friday in Britain’s fifth major terrorism incident this year, but apparently failed to fully explode. ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast on a packed commuter train on the London underground network, the militant ...

UK-GCC free-trade talks put on hold as Gulf rift persists

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Talks about establishing a free-trade agreement between the UK and the GCC have been put on hold as the GCC rift persists, The Guardian newspaper reported. British Prime Minister Theresa May had plans to host the first meeting for GCC nations in London this December. This event would proclaim the UK’s strengthening trade and security with the GCC. Due to the on-going rift, the summit has been put on hold. According to Gulf nation sources, Qatar may be suspended from the GCC if matters ...

From Margret to May: The state and public mistrust

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

With growing adversities from natural disasters of Camden Lock Market and Grenfell Tower fire the likes of which has not been seen before, to acts of terrorism in the streets of Manchester and London, to the barbaric acid attacks, the British leadership has a task at hand dealing with public unease. With incidents unfolding one after another, finger is pointed at the woman at the top – Theresa May. May is aware of her power as a female political symbol as well as a leader who has ...

Dr. Halla Diyab

UK’s May to Mohammed bin Salman: Qatar must cooperate against terrorism

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

UK PM Theresa May told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on Monday that Qatar must cooperate with its Gulf neighbors in countering terrorism and extremism, and to show clear commitment to the matter, saying “Qatar must be clearly committed to fighting terrorism.” May also welcomed the extension of Qatar's deadline for the state to respond to the list of Gulf demands by 48 hours.

UK: Two failed gambles within two years

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sooner or later stubborn denial will fall when facing reality. Thus, when the British Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority in the snap early general elections they called, even lose safe seats like that of affluent Kensington in central London, they need to acknowledge the hard facts. The most important of these facts is that twice within two years a Conservative British prime minister gambled on the mood of the electorate, only for the gamble to backfire and throw the country in a ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

Embattled Theresa May unveils Britain’s new cabinet

Monday, 12 June 2017

Britain’s embattled Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday unveiled her full cabinet, making few changes as the premier clings to power after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election.May made Damian Green, former work and pensions secretary, her deputy by naming him first secretary of state.Treasury chief secretary David Gauke moves in to take Green’s place, while the leader of the House of Commons, David Lidington, becomes justice secretary.Lidington’s move sees him ...

British PM Theresa May seeks deal to cling to power

Sunday, 11 June 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a deal with a small Northern Irish party on Sunday to stay in power after losing her party's parliamentary majority in a catastrophic electoral gamble just days before Brexit talks are set to start.But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were afoot within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her.May's Downing ...

British democracy undergoes another political test

Saturday, 10 June 2017

In a small street corner restaurant situated between Asharq Al-Awsat’s old office building and The British Museum in central London, I met her. She is a waitress who is infatuated with national politics. This single mother of Irish descent rarely misses a demonstration called for by the Labour Party or Leftist groups, and whenever possible, she would take her little daughter with her. It is a weird sort of mixture. In the heart of the British capital, here we are at a French restaurant ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

The UK elections: Coalitions of chaos

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Theresa May’s gamble to call a snap election and increase her narrow overall majority to strengthen her hand in the coming Brexit talks, and at the same time deliver coup de grace to Labour under Jeremy Corbyn has badly backfired, with a hung parliament, and leaving her in effect a walking wounded politician whose own future is now being questioned, as it was noticeable that no major Conservative political figure has come out to defend her. Before the recent election, the Conservatives ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

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