Xi’s China rising, Trump’s America waning

In less than a year in office, US President Donald Trump has managed to alienate more allies and provoke more enemies faster and more decisively than any of his predecessors in recent history. All of a sudden, we face the simultaneous threats of war from the Korean Peninsula to the Middle East. Meanwhile, US’ chief rival,… Please follow and like us:

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UN to Vote on Measure Rejecting US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote Monday on a draft resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The United States is one of the five permanent members of the council that hold veto rights, meaning the resolution drafted by Egypt is not likely to pass. The text of… Please follow and like us:

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Five key developments since Trump’s Jerusalem move

Violence, protests and arrests have followed US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump made the announcement on December 6 and said the US would begin the process of moving its embassy to the city from Tel Aviv. The decision broke with decades of US policy on Jerusalem. The international… Please follow and like us:

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Putin, Erdogan warn US move risks escalating tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded a whirlwind one-day regional tour with a stop in Turkey, where he joined his Turkish counterpart in criticising a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Before landing in Ankara on Monday to meet Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin made an unscheduled visit to war-torn Syria, where he ordered Russian… Please follow and like us:

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Protests Against Jerusalem Decision Turn Violent in Lebanon

Lebanese security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut Sunday used water cannons and tear gas to beat back Lebanese and Palestinian protesters demonstrating against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The protesters in Beirut hurled projectiles at the embassy and burned Trump in effigy, along with U.S. and… Please follow and like us:

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How will US Jerusalem move affect Israel’s far right?

Jerusalem – Trump’s recognition this week of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning seven decades of US policy in the region and effectively ending hopes of a two-state solution, has provoked dire warnings. But the focus by commentators on Palestinian reactions, rather than the effect on the Israeli public and leadership, might have underestimated the longer-term fallout… Please follow and like us:

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US Isolated at United Nations Over Jerusalem Decision

Some of the United States’ oldest allies turned their backs on Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate its embassy there, during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday. “It contradicts international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog told the council. “Jerusalem is a final status… Please follow and like us:

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US State Department Braces for Violent Fallout from Jerusalem Recognition

The State Department has issued security warnings at scores of U.S. embassies around the world, bracing for protests or violence from President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At the United Nations, American diplomats are preparing for a meeting Friday called by eight of the 15 Security Council members, including close U.S. allies… Please follow and like us:

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Franken resignation, Jerusalem move, whatever: Stocks continue to melt up

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2017: This column’s devoted cadre of regular readers has undoubtedly noticed we’ve been playing hooky for the last week or two. That’s mainly been due to the stock market’s unusual case of late-year malaise. Yet this week, neither the latest fake Russian scandals, the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital, nor… Please follow and like us:

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What is the world’s position on Jerusalem?

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday US President Donald Trump had informed him he intended to move the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If he does so and recognises the holy city as Israel’s capital, Trump will break with decades of US policy and international consensus on the city. Here are the positions of… Please follow and like us:

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Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem gambit

Ever since the US government recognised Israel in 1948, no one has ever doubted where Washington stood in terms of the conflict between Israel and the Arabs. But while the US has always been pro-Israel, it tried, at least in theory, to adhere to international law and the worldwide consensus while dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.… Please follow and like us:

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Why Saudi-Israeli normalisation could be dangerous

Driven by succession plans and a strategy to confront Iran’s influence in the Arab region, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has engaged in several taboo-breaking steps. These include the arrest of dozens of princes and ministers and a process of normalising relations, at least partially, with Israel. But taking concrete measures to end the… Please follow and like us:

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