By John Nilsson-Wright
Calculated ambiguity and coercive diplomacy appear to be at the heart of U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to dealing with North Korea. As a candidate, Trump seemed to revel in keeping his opponents guessing — for example when he announced his “secret plan” for dealing with the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIL).
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to hold early elections in June, reversing what had been a firm public position, surely reflects her recognition that Britain’s exit from the European Union will be far more complicated and painful than voters were promised when they supported it in a referendum last year.
TEHRAN - Massive rallies were held in Nigeria, calling for the Immediate and unconditional release of the Leader of the Islamic Movement Sheikh Ibraheem Zekzaky, while Nigerian police reportedly used live bullets to disperse protesters.
TEHRAN- A prominent Yemeni analyst said the US has been paid several trillion dollars by Saudi Arabia to protect its crown, adding that Riyadh has recently bribed Washington's support for the Yemen war with $200bln.
TEHRAN – Over 100 of Sudanese soldiers were killed while fighting for Saudi Arabia against Yemen’s army and Popular Committees fighters in the southwestern province of Taiz, a military source said on Wednesday.
By Frida Ghitis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in a referendum over a new constitution that will make him far more powerful, potentially for many more years to come. The result, which the opposition is calling fraudulent, promises to make Turkey less democratic, more bitterly divided and more religious than ever.
By Frank Bruni
If you’re any student of politics, you saw Steve Bannon on the cover of Time magazine in early February — “The Great Manipulator,” it called him — and knew to start the countdown then.
By Richard Javad Heydarian
Since his ascent to presidency, Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly threatened to upend Philippine foreign policy. In stark contrast to his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, he has as frequently lavished China with praise as he has lambasted America with verve and venom.
DAMASCUS – The death toll in a terrorist attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two government-held towns in the country’s Idlib province has risen to at least 118.
By Elmira Bayrasli
Turkish democracy is on life support. On April 16, Turks will vote on 18 amendments to their country’s Constitution, including whether to abolish the office of the prime minister and transfer its powers to the president.
By Stephanie Hare
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front (FN) party, told a television audience over the weekend that France was not responsible for the so-called Vél d'Hiv roundup of July 1942, when French police arrested more than 13,000 Jews, detained them for five days in the Vélodrome d'Hiver cycling stadium in Paris and then deported them.
By Martin Kettle
At the end of last week I sat in the spacious and splendidly restored country home of a former prime minister of Prussia, some 50 kilometers from the German-Polish border, and listened to two speeches in English. The first was given by Philip Hammond. The second, a couple of hours later, was given by Boris Johnson. Both professed undying friendship, respect and regard for Germany. Johnson even paraded a hitherto concealed family connection with the city of Stuttgart.
By Masood Akhtar
Based on what I have seen so far, I don’t see how Trump would make it through a full-term. People of his own party disagree with him on a number of issues already. During his campaign he waged war against the establishment, and now the establishment is waging war against him. Some of them are speaking out publicly, whereas others acknowledge their disagreement privately.
Protesters have taken to the streets in cities across the United States, as well as other countries, to demonstrate against the airstrikes in Syria ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump.
By Emily Rauhala
The Donald Trump-Xi Jinping summit was off to a good start: Xi nailed the handshake.
By John Lloyd
The political center of Europe might hold after all.
By Adam Taylor
Nice, Berlin, London and now Stockholm. Over the past year, terrorist attacks using vehicles have become a sad fact of life in Europe.
TEHRAN - The predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warded off attacks by militants of the Ankara-led Euphrates Shield Operation on several villages in Northern Aleppo, inflicting casualties on them.
By Richard W. Rahn
April 6 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I — a war that claimed the lives of about 38 million people.
The leading presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, is admired for his listening skills, a trait that young French voters cite as the most important leadership quality.
TEHRAN - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warned on Monday that it will soon launch an offensive on the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo province to push the foreign military troops out of the highly strategic region of Al-Bab.
By Sean O’Grady
In the case of Gibraltar, that could be very heavy indeed. OK, the proposed Spanish veto on a Brexit deal if they don’t get concessions on Gibraltar could be a grand bluff, but no one should be in any doubt about how much this outcrop of British imperialism is resented by the heirs of Spanish imperialism.
The Pentagon insists that there has been no major change in its rules for airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIL), and that a surge in civilian casualties is a result of increased military operations in western Mosul, said to be the most intense urban combat since World War II.
Ten people have been reportedly killed and several others injured after a bomb blast hits a metro station in Russia's St. Petersburg.
Iraqi officials have launched an investigation into two airstrikes by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the ISIL (Daesh) terrorist group that claimed the lives of more than 200 people in the country’s northern city of Mosul last week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a second referendum may be held after the April constitutional reforms vote over the continuing of EU accession talks.
Thousands of Yemenis have poured out into the streets of the capital Sana’a to mark the second anniversary of the brutal Saudi war, which has left a massive trail of death and devastation across the impoverished Arab state.
U.S. President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for a humiliating defeat in the GOP-dominated Congress after Republicans were forced to pull the Obamacare replacement bill.
Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units, have ceased their joint operations to flush Daesh militants out of their last urban stronghold in the conflict-ridden country over the high rate of civilian casualties.
A bipartisan group of US senators in Congress have introduced a bill that would impose tighter sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile tests and other non-nuclear activities.