The Bahraini normalization with Israel is an insecure gamble, the consequences ... so why did the king take it?

Bahrain’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, following the United Arad Emirates, normally would not have created much of a ripple on the international scene. Major regional and international decisions by the country’s Al Khalifa regime traditionally have hued the line of its


Analyst: Pakistan could normalise ties with Israel

A British-Pakistani analyst said he expects Pakistan to follow Gulf Arab countries and normalise ties with Israel, Israel Hayom reported on Monday. Noor Dahri, founder and executive director of Islamic Theology of Counter-Terrorism, a UK-based think tank, told Israel Hayom tha


Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both say they want to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election will have long-term consequences not only for U.S. troops, but for the wider region. During his election ca


Will the political solution to the Libyan conflict come from Morocco again, or does Haftar have another opinion?

Once again, Morocco has returned to the fore in the Libyan conflict file, hosting national dialogue sessions between representatives of the government and the Parliament of East Tobruk, which supports Khalifa Haftar and the militias of eastern Libya, amid welcome from all parties except for Haftar


Who could succeed Shinzo Abe as Japan's prime minister?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to resign over health problems has turned attention to who might succeed the country's longest-ruling premier, with no consensus yet clear on a candidate. Here are some of the potential contenders: Taro Aso, gaffe-prone finance minister Taro Aso is


Hezbollah Weighs Survival Options After Beirut Blast

By Nisan Ahmado WASHINGTON - Beirut’s ammonium nitrate explosion earlier this month has further exposed Hezbollah to public anger, with some Lebanon observers predicting a gloomy road ahead for the U.S.-designated terror group in the aftermath of the devastating event. The blast at the port


Sudan's Ruling Coalition... Will It Stay United or Disintegrate?

The Sudanese had high hopes for the transitional government and its ability to drastically change the country after the popular revolution overthrew Omar al-Bashir regime and a transitional government was subsequently formed in August 2019. However, criticism is being leveled at the civilians in p


Analysis: Lebanon Races towards Complete Collapse

Lebanon is standing at a crossroads where it is expected to choose its fate after reaching the point of no return on all levels: political, after the vast majority of the people lost faith in the ruling class that has been in power for 30 years; economic, after the collapse of the national currenc


Analysis: US-Russian 'Coexistence' East of Euphrates Put to Test

The Russian army has put to test an agreement reached with the US on de-confliction east of the Euphrates in northeastern Syria by taking escalatory measures ahead of the presidential elections in the United States this fall. Moscow’s moves include an aerial and land expansion, nearing the


State of Collapse: Can Lebanon's 'Purported' Rulers Save the Country?

Beirut's seismic explosion propelled the scarred Lebanese capital 30 years back in time with a violence scarcely imaginable even to a country that has endured so many wars, invasions, occupations, air strikes, car bombs and assassinations. The city that took 15 years to rebuild after a devastatin


Analysis: Lebanon government steps down. So what?

So, Lebanon’s prime minister and leading government ministers announced their resignation on Monday evening. They evidently preferred to fall on their swords after demonstrations in Beirut featured effigies with nooses around the necks of Hassan Diab, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and ot


What’s keeping Washington from a virus deal, explained

 Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes. Now that President Donald Trump has issued a series of executive edicts a


Trump orders encroach on Congress’ powers, invite challenges

President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation’s lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump’s orders on Saturday encroa


Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

It was almost as if Emmanuel Macron forgot that Lebanon is no longer a French protectorate.Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France’s leader comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France’s own heart. “France will ne


Italian Expert Believes Arms Depot was at Site of Beirut Blast

Danilo Coppe, one of Italy’s best known explosives experts, said Friday that he did not believe the Beirut Port explosion was caused by ammonium nitrate, but rather an arms warehouse at or near the site. “I do not believe there was that amount of ammonium nitrate at the Port of Beirut


Two Decades of Pandemic War Games Failed to Account for Donald Trump

Like all pandemics, it started out small. A novel coronavirus emerged in Brazil, jumping from bats to pigs to farmers before making its way to a big city with an international airport. From there, infected travellers carried it to the United States, Portugal and China. Within 18 months, the coronavi


But, seriously -- what is this country going to do with its kids this fall?

Time is up and the school year is here. The social contract has failed and the sky is literally falling on the nation's schoolchildren. Again. If it feels like this newsletter is writing a doom and gloom story every week about schools for the nation's children (or lack thereof) ... we are. Exce


Trump's interview debacle sends a warning for the fall campaign

Donald Trump's weak and flailing interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios fired a warning flare about the President's hopes for reelection, if his campaign and White House staff programed to fulfill his yearning for praise are prepared to recognize it. Trump came across as ill-prepared, narcissistic



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