EXCLUSIVE: UN Chief Antonio Guterres affirms Saudi right to defend itself

Thursday, 21 December 2017

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressed the pressing issues around the world and Middle East - especially Yemen and the recent Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia. The UN chief also commented on the Jerusalem issue, the Syrian conflict, the Saudi Vision 2030 and the anticorruption campaign in the Kingdom. Guterres condemned the Houthi attacks against civilian targets: “…we consider first of all that providing missiles to ...

Germany: Merkel's last Play

Thursday, 21 December 2017

There is a saying that you cannot put a good man down. This has to be changed to you cannot put a good woman down, as Angela Merkel has returned to the international stage with a path to her fourth term opening up and her enemies in retreat. This has not been easy for Merkel, with weeks that began with the collapse of coalition talks, intrigue and finger-pointing but ended with the fighting chancellor telling her European Union partners that Germany is back to business as usual. The Social ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar for UNHCR to assist Rohingya’s return

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to take assistance from the UN refugee agency for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said on Saturday. READ ALSO: Will the Rohingya ever return to Myanmar? The two governments signed a pact on Thursday settling terms for the repatriation process, and the return of Rohingya to Myanmar is expected to start in two months. Uncertainty over whether the United Nations High ...

Appointment of US Federal Reserve chief affects us all

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The appointment of Jerome Powell as Fed Chairman by President Trump is now superseded by what happens next with Fed monetary policy after Janet Yellen . The appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chair is something that is of importance not only to the USA but to countries like those in the Gulf whose currencies are pegged to the dollar. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's relatively brief 30-minute meeting with President Trump marked the last of the President's Apprentice-style parade of the ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Facebook and rest of social media forced to mend ways

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A view worth considering: Representatives of three major corporations swearing in before then US congressional committee and surrendering to the state that made it clear to them that “Our interests are far more important than your gains”. The information technology trilogy: Facebook, Twitter, and Google were feeding information to over two billion people in the world and flaunted the fact that they broke down walls, bypassed censorship, and spread facts. They are now admitting that ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

On leaving the old guard and welcoming the new

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

In the past, we used to view China as being very far away from us geographically, but this has changed in the age of globalization and the birth of the “global village.” The development that took place in China last week therefore concerns us in our economy and security because it concerns global international and economic balances. The 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party not only extended the term of President Xi Jinping for five years, but it went much more beyond ...

Ghassan Charbel

China: Ten more years of Xi and no successors

Sunday, 29 October 2017

As broadly expected, the 19th Congress was a show of force for President Xi, with the CPC affirming his supreme authority, and likely to symbolically adopt “Xi Jinping Thought” or “Xi Jinping Thought on Governance of China” into the Chinese constitution and elevating him to the same level of former Chairman Mao . Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, the Communist Party of China –CPC-affirmed Xi Jinping’s tenure for not one, but two more five-year terms, ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Reversing migration flows: The battle we can’t afford to lose

Thursday, 19 October 2017

As the world celebrated World Food Day, with an emphasis on the role of migration in food security, it was remarkable how many times the term “rural development” was mentioned in both official and non-official statements. Indeed, “rural development” was being used to such an extent that everyone seemed to be trying to align their work with this “new” concept. In fact, this 40-year-old concept, adopted by IFAD from its earliest days, continues to reflect the ...

Khalida Bouzar

The populist Trump versus an international Trump

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The most controversial issue in the US is definitely not Iran. It’s actually a matter that’s related to sports and human rights and it got embroiled into a debate on patriotism, creating wide social and political divisions, after President Donald Trump tweeted about it. American football players decided to show their rejection of racial discrimination against African-Americans by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Trump viewed this as an insult to the US, to the ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

To succeed, US needs to rediscover itself as a ‘smart power’ country

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

After the Second World War, the Cold War era between the US and the USSR lasted four decades and ended with the total collapse and dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1991. This epic confrontation between America and the Soviet Union was a new kind of war with no armies or battles. Instead, the tools of ‘Soft Power’ were the dominant force in the US and gave them the upper hand in the war and eventually led for them to win. In the 1990s, Harvard professor Joseph Nye coined a new ...

Dr. Naif Alotaibi

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