Positive, negative and idiosyncratic: Trump's trip abroad - Cranston Herald

On the president's recent trip abroad, the self-possessed Donald Trump was evident conveying a sense of self-importance and self-righteousness which alienated our European allies. On the contrary, a more thoughtful version of the president endeared ...

Neither peace nor war possible in Mideast without Turkey - Daily Sabah

Syrians walk among damaged buildings on a street filled with debri at the mountain resort town of Zabadani in the Damascus countryside, Syria, May 18. The fate of the Middle East is depending on Turkey's next moves, whether the U.S., Russia or the ...

Watch: US official lost for words when asked question about Saudi Arabia - JerusalemOnline

Stuart Jones, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East Affairs Bureau, was asked why the US has never criticized the elections in Saudi Arabia. This was followed by an excruciating 18-second silence. May 31, 2017, 5:17PM Omri Ariel ...

State Department Flak Reveals Key Pillar of Saudi Arabia's Dictatorship: U.S. Silence - AlterNet

Asked about Iran's elections and Saudi Arabia's lack of them, Stuart Jones says a whole lot of nothing. By Jefferson Morley / AlterNet. May 31, 2017, 7:26 AM PDT. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google+ Share to ...

Gulf Arab row rattles Donald Trump's anti-Iran axis - Financial Express

Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on Muslim countries to stand united against Iran, a public feud between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbours is jolting his attempt to tip the regional balance of power against Tehran. By: Reuters ...

Marc Thiessen: Trump's trip was his best week in office. Here's how he can repeat that success. - Salt Lake Tribune

President Donald Trump just returned from a foreign trip that was the single most successful eight-day stretch of his presidency. But almost as soon as he landed at Joint Base Andrews, he abandoned the approach that gave him his best week in office ...

Qatar Emir in Kuwait for talks on resolving GCC row - The National

Abu Dhabi // Qatar's emir arrived in Kuwait for talks with his counterpart Sheikh Sabah on Wednesday believed to be part of Kuwaiti mediation efforts aimed at bringing an end to the latest crisis to erupt among the GCC's three most powerful members.

'Umm... Err...': Brutally Long Silence by Top US Diplomat Speaks Volumes About Saudi Democracy - Common Dreams

"How do you characterize Saudi Arabia's commitment to democracy?" A good question that is apparently hard for U.S. officials to answer. by. Common Dreams staff. 0. Tweet. 0. Share. 0. Share. 32. Share. 0. Pin. 0. Mail. 0. Share. 0 Comments. Acting ...

The Two Qatars Will Test Trump's Anti-Terror Plan - BloombergQuint

(Bloomberg View) -- For a brief moment it looked like President Donald Trump had done it. He got the leaders of six Gulf nations to sign a communique pledging to eradicate the financing of jihadis. The timing happened to coincide with the completion of ...

ANALYSIS: Qatar following Iran's policy of interference in the region's crises - Al-Arabiya

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani attends the opening meeting of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, in Egypt, on March 28, 2015. (Reuters). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Text size A A A. Qatar's policies of ...

The Mirage Of An 'Arab NATO' – OpEd - Eurasia Review

Although the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) itself is falling apart as vividly demonstrated in the disastrous recent NATO summit where US President Donald Trump scolded other NATO members for a security free ride, this has not stopped the ...

Amnesty condemns activist deportation to Saudi Arabia - MWC News (satire) (registration) (blog)

Qatar said the deportation took place on May 24 and was based on legal procedures and regional agreements. Amnesty International has condemned Qatar's deportation of Saudi human rights activist to Saudi Arabia. Qatari authorities confirmed the ...

Dear American Public Officials: Here is How NOT to Think On Your Feet - Paste Magazine

The State Department's Stuart Jones has a long title: Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. It's almost as long as the excruciating pause he took when, at a routine press briefing, he was asked about the double standard of the U.S ...

Qatar: Amnesty International condemns deportation of Saudi activist - Middle East Confidential

Doha Tuesday came under fire as London-based Amnesty International charged the Gulf country for the deportation of Saudi human rights activist Mohammad al-Otaibi to his homeland. Al-Otaibi is wanted in Saudi Arabia for tweets deemed offensive to the ...

US Support for Saudi Arabia Tough to Explain for Top State Department Official - Newsweek

A high-ranking State Department official appeared to become flustered Tuesday after he was questioned about the U.S.' support for Saudi Arabia, despite the oil-rich kingdom's rejection of democratic ideals. Stuart Jones, who was appointed as U.S. ...

Qatar must stop its silence and re-affirm the Riyadh summit - gulfnews.com

It is time for Qatar to stop equivocating and make clear that it supports the joint positions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), that were outlined at the recent summits when United States President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia. During those ...

Watch This State Department Official Try to Explain Why We Like Saudi Arabia - Esquire.com

The heavily memed image of President Trump caressing The Orb with King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud was an unsettling reminder of the United States' deep ties to Saudi Arabia. The House of Saud is our key partner in the Middle East, despite the state ...

US: We Want to Partner with KSA to Face Threats, Specifically Malign Iranian Influence - Asharq Al-awsat English

The United States affirmed the strategic partnership for the 21st century with Saudi Arabia in the security realm to face threats in the region, specifically the malign Iranian influence, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones ...

Malek el Khazen: Trump is right to not push nation-building in Mideast - Madison.com

Dear Editor: The visit of President Trump to Saudi Arabia was historic in terms of new political positions, economic partnership and new partnership created to fight terrorism. Saudi Arabia was able to group over 55 kings, presidents and leaders to ...

Senior US official reduced to very awkward silence when asked about Saudi Arabia's attitude to democracy - The Independent

A senior US foreign affairs official gave one of the most awkward press conference responses ever witnessed in response to a question about Saudi Arabia's attitude to democracy. Having served as US Ambassador to Jordan and Iraq – and been in Al Anbar ...