The decades-old US-Saudi partnership faces one of its most turbulent moments. From Congress voting almost overwhelmingly to sustain Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) law to the deepening domestic criticism in the US on the Yemen campaign, Washington and Riyadh’s common strategic bonds are severely strained by both growing differences and a souring populist mood in America.
More than three months after the British people voted to leave the European Union, the much-awaited British decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has (almost) been announced. In a speech to her Conservative Party conference, Prime Minister May told the delegates that sometime in March next year her government will start the process of departing from the EU. It remains to be seen whether departure from this political union will push the rest of the EU closer together, or will signal the beginning of its disintegration.
I have reached the conclusion that the majority of Arab states are their own worst enemy. The Arab nation of which we were once so proud has disintegrated. Great swathes have descended into violent trouble spots. Millions have been killed, millions more rendered refugees, while our leaderships, with few exceptions, have morphed into do-nothing spectators keen only to preserve their own patch. Big mistake!
The UN Security Council (UNSC) has been paralyzed by vetoes. Manipulated by phobias and mistrust, member countries have lost the ability to listen and debate on the problems the international community faces. This has turned the Security Council into a battlefield of verbose aggressive skirmishes serving the national interests of the countries involved, mutual accusations and veto games.
I asked Doctor Ahmad al-Khatib, head of the Commission for Recreation and Culture, whom I believe is in charge of the most difficult mission in the Saudi government: “Are you certain you can achieve this task?” His answer was practical as he simply told me to go myself to Saudi Arabia and attend one of these recreation events.
It is a mission impossible to defend Donald Trump after the recent scandals that have flooded the media. However, if we remove the rubble of insults that have buried him alive due to his unpalatable personal acts and focus on his vision and plans, we would see a different person. Who knows, he may turn out to be better than the polished but somewhat artificial Hillary Clinton.
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The news regarding the Islamic Republic’s massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners attracted the attention of the national and international media outlets.
The upcoming second debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump could tackle more substantial issues compared to the first one – which served more to get familiar with Trump’s personality and was a test for Clinton’s. The battle of Mosul may impose itself on the debate too since Barack Obama has decided to increase the number of US troops in Iraq in preparation for the offensive.
Every now and then the question of when the war in Yemen will end is raised. There are various concerns that trigger this question. It could be keenness to usher in peace and start a political process to prevent bloodshed and protect people’s lives and property.