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.
The ascent of Donald Trump, the volatility of his foreign policy and his tendency to fire off tweeted threats to nuclear-armed adversaries has brought one more wild card to the Korean peninsula, which already had more than its fair share.
By Yuram Abdullah Weiler
“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” announced Donald Trump to reporters at his luxurious “Mar-a-Lago southern White House” resort in Palm Beach, Florida, as he prepared to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
By Dominique Moisi
Sixty years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, France is poised to hold an election that could make or break the European Union.
Like a lot of his plans, Donald Trump’s proposal for military spending is both abundantly clear and maddeningly vague. He wants to devote a whole lot more money to the Pentagon, as demonstrated by his budget outline and address to Congress. But the president’s plan is too ill-defined and arbitrary to make much sense.
By Frida Ghitis
Not a day goes by in the Netherlands without President Donald Trump making news. If you're an American traveling overseas, you have likely been buttonholed by locals asking you to explain what is going on with the new administration.
The president’s approach is both tough and flexible, a sign he may be open to a comprehensive solution with Congress to ease fears about U.S. policy.
Of all the measures to improve gun safety, background checks are among the most reasonable and popular. House Republicans lost no time this week in voting to weaken them.
by Holly Christodoulou and Guy Birchall
Donald Trump’s appointment of controversial right-winger Steve Bannon to the role of Chief Strategist dismayed liberals. They accused him of supporting a movement of “white nationalists” and “unabashed anti-Semites”.
By Daniel R. DePetris
McCain is entitled to decry Trump’s terse phone call with Australia, but not to act as though he is the president.
President Donald Trump has made some lamentable appointments in his brief tenure. Judge Neil Gorsuch is not one of them.
By Uri Friedman
The new administration has called into question “the last 70 years of American foreign policy,” Tusk says.
He encourages the hysteria over the overdue immigration crackdown
By Oliver Laughland
Hidden among the promise of a wall and the withdrawal of funding to sanctuary cities is a much more insidious – and immediate – move to replace the ‘catch and release’ border policy with mandatory detention.
by Julian Pecquet
Twenty-five House Democrats unsuccessfully wrote to President Barack Obama earlier this month to urge him to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen before Donald Trump took over.
Posterity will pass fuller and fairer judgment on the presidency of Barack Obama than is possible today, but on one issue the verdict is already clear: personal integrity.
Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama extended on Friday the national emergency on Iran for another one year, citing continuous threat being posed by Iran to the U.S. even after the 2015 international nuclear deal.
TEHRAN – Lame-duck US President Barack Obama has extended his country’s national emergency against Iran, claiming that “certain actions and policies of the Government of Iran are contrary to the interests of the United States in the region”.
By Medea Benjamin
According to new figures, the U.S. dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Dare we think how Donald Trump will continue this legacy?
By Vava Tampa
In 2009, seven months after entering the Oval Office, President Obama pledged a new Africa policy. “Africa,” he declared in the Ghanaian Parliament, “doesn't need strongmen. It needs strong institutions.”
Having promised to close the Guantanamo Bay prison during his first year in office, Obama will leave about 40?prisoners there when he completes his second term.
TEHRAN – Tehran and Washington are to hold a meeting on issues concerning the implementation of the nuclear deal, a day before deputy foreign ministers of 5+1 countries and Iran gather to meet to assess a complaint by Iran that the new U.S. Congress move goes against the nuclear deal, ISNA reported on Sunday.
In many ways, 2016 was a year of extremes. The world saw a massive wave of political change and natural catastrophes. As the year 2016 comes to an end, here’s a look back at the major headlines and events.
By RASHID KHALIDI
In a speech this week laying out the Obama administration’s parameters for a final peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, Secretary of State John Kerry stated what has been obvious to most observers for many years: that Israel’s construction of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land has all but destroyed the two-state solution. Unfortunately, Kerry’s speech offers far too little, and comes much too late.
Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbour since his country’s attack on the U.S. base there brought America into the Second World War. American involvement in the war helped make the U.S. into the ultimate guarantor of Western security and thus the greatest cause of peace and prosperity in the modern world.
The United States has voiced its displeasure with Israeli settlements. Or has it?
What happens when the most powerful country in the world effectively has two presidents at once? Its policy regarding one of the most complex conflicts on the planet collapses into a muddled mess.
The UN resolution is a defining act of Obama’s Presidency.
The decision by the United States to abstain from a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel over its settlements on the West Bank is one of the most significant, defining moments of the Obama Presidency.
TEHRAN – On Saturday, Iran welcomed the newest UN Security Council resolution that condemns Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal, ISNA reported.
By Nahal Toosi
The move risks sending mixed signals on U.S. foreign policy.
With Japan’s leader set to make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor, the U.S. is not asking for an apology, just as Japan did not ask Obama for one in his visit to Hiroshima. Friends are like that.