Category: Politics

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince likely to take over on king’s death, posing risk of disagreement over his successor

IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is primed to succeed the ailing King Abdullah. Source: PA Key Points With King Abdullah and his successor, Crown Prince Salman, suffering ill health, Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin (69 years…

US makes light of ‘curse words’ on EU

BRUSSELS – The US is trying to laugh off a leak in which it denigrates EU diplomacy on Ukraine, while blaming Russia for a “new low” in spy craft.

Iran Deal Puts Pro-Israel Democrats in a Bind

It’s been a tough year for Israel’s most loyal supporters in the U.S. It began with a messy confirmation process for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a nominee whom pro-Israeli groups viewed with concern. Over the summer, President Obama leaned on…

As critical phase near, Obama stumps for healthcare law

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama visits a local college on Thursday to promote his signature healthcare program as it nears a critical enrollment phase, even as the law faces stiff political opposition and a wary public.

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria

The Telegraph: The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warship poised for missile strikes in Syria. Iran has threatened to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high…

Royal Rivalry in the Levant: Saudi Arabia and Qatar Duel over Syria

Jamestown.org: The cycle of calamity plaguing Syria continues to intensify with no end in sight. Syria’s predicament today is far removed from the initial outburst of mass dissent witnessed in March 2011 that saw the Ba’athist regime violently suppress demonstrations…

Hassan Rowhani: the new man in Iran

EIU: Hassan Rowhani, a moderate conservative cleric, has won a landslide victory in Iran’s presidential election. His victory reflects a consolidation of support for a president who will prioritise reversing the negative momentum in Iran’s economy. Mr Rowhani is also likely…

Myanmar: Echoes of Indonesia?

A populous South-east Asian country moves from years of autocratic rule to tentative democracy despite simmering ethnic conflicts and an entrenched military—this was Indonesia 15 years ago, and it is Myanmar today. Myanmar’s struggles with sectarian violence, and Indonesia’s increasingly…

Interpol Rebuffs Russia in Its Hunt for a Kremlin Critic

MOSCOW (NY Times)— Interpol has rejected a Russian request for a worldwide police hunt for William F. Browder, a British investment banker and a Kremlin nemesis who has made no secret of his whereabouts or of his battle against the…