Trump Praises Iranian Protesters, Assails ‘Brutal and Corrupt’ Regime

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Iranian protesters Tuesday, saying they were “finally acting against the brutal and corrupt” regime in Tehran, even as Iran’s supreme leader accused the government’s enemies of stirring the violent anti-government demonstrations. Trump contended in a Twitter comment that “all of the money” that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, “so foolishly… Please follow and like us:

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Qatar central bank to probe effort to manipulate riyal

Qatar’s central bank has launched an investigation into what it says are attempts to harm the Qatari economy through the manipulation of its currency, securities and derivatives markets. Sheikh Abdulla bin Saud Al Thani, the governor of Qatar’s central bank, blamed the effort on a Saudi Arabia-led group of countries that imposed an economic boycott on… Please follow and like us:

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The GCC’s worst summit

The future of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is extremely unclear six months into the bitter Qatar crisis. On December 4, Kuwait hosted the GCC’s annual summit, which marked the sub-regional organisation’s lowest point in its 36-year history. Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended, but absent at the summit were the Bahraini, Emirati, and… Please follow and like us:

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Will the GCC summit resolve the ongoing crisis?

It remains unclear whether the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait will have any positive effect on the ongoing fractures between Qatar and a number of Gulf states, analysts say, as the regional body gears into a symbolic rather than functional role. The 38th summit approaches amid the backdrop of a six-month blockade on Qatar… Please follow and like us:

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Yemen’s Houthi: Ali Abdulla Saleh killed for ‘treason’

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebels has praised the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s ousted president, as a victory against a Saudi-led military coalition it has been battling. Saleh’s party has confirmed reports that he was killed in a roadside ambush on Monday outside the capital Sanaa after switching sides in the civil war,… Please follow and like us:

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Qatar-GCC crisis: ‘Loyalties can shift overnight’

Six months into the Qatar-GCC crisis, which has opened an unprecedented rift among the Gulf countries, the opposing sides appear no closer to a resolution. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, along with Egypt, continue to enforce a blockade against neighbouring Qatar, which has refused to comply with a controversial list of demands. The… Please follow and like us:

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SYRIA – Syria peace talks restart but Assad regime might be absent

The United Nations reopens its Syria peace talks on Tuesday but the Damascus government’s last minute announcement that it may not come to Geneva delivered a blow to the already faltering negotiations. The eighth round of talks were seen as a chance for the UN to revitalise its push to end the six-year war, which has… Please follow and like us:

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OPEC minister: “We used to have a WhatsApp group”

As a six-month-old spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar deepens, OPEC’s Gulf ministers will have to scrap their tradition of meeting behind closed doors to agree on policy before the organisation holds its twice-yearly talks, OPEC sources say. “We used to have a WhatsApp group for all ministers and delegates from the Gulf. It used to… Please follow and like us:

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Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to hold ‘Syrian congress’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian leader on Wednesday hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, ahead of United… Please follow and like us:

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Lebanon: The economic cost of Saudi’s power play

Caught in the middle of a bitter Saudi-Iran rivalry, worries are growing about the Lebanese economy’s outlook. Growth has slowed to just over two percent a year from an average of eight percent before the war in Syria, and some Lebanese politicians and bankers have raised fears of a Qatar-style economic blockade after the recent resignation… 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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Lebanon’s Hariri arrives in France to meet Macron

Lebanese leader Saad Hariri has arrived in Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he expected him to return to Lebanon within days or weeks. Despite Hariri announching his resignation in a televised speech two weeks ago, Macron has said he will welcome Hariri “with the honours that are due a prime minister”. The… Please follow and like us:

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Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

In this UpFront special, we ask US Congressman Ro Khanna why he believes the US government should stop supporting the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen. Also on the show, we debate with a panel of experts the rights and wrongs of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s domestic and regional policies. Headliner: Is the US complicit in Saudi… Please follow and like us:

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US official: Crown Prince Salman ‘behaving recklessly’

US officials have expressed “growing alarm” at the moves made recently by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince saying they could “damage US interests”, the New York Times reported. US diplomats along with officials from the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency say Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “is behaving recklessly without sufficient consideration to the likely consequences of… Please follow and like us:

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Saudi alliance bombs Sanaa airport, blocking aid access

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing the country’s main international airport, destroying a navigation station that is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments. Houthi officials told Al Jazeera two air strikes targeted Sanaa’s international airport in the rebel-held capital early on Tuesday, making it unusable for aid flights and further complicating… Please follow and like us:

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