Archive for August, 2020

Jordan | King Abdullah: Palestinian cause remains the core issue in the region

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Comments Off on Jordan | King Abdullah: Palestinian cause remains the core issue in the region

King Abdullah of Jordan stressed that the Palestinian cause remains the core issue in the region, adding that Jordan continues to call for a two-state solution that ends the Israeli occupation and leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 4 June 1967 lines.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Jordan | King Abdullah Receives El Sisi Ahead of Trilateral Summit with Iraq PM

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Comments Off on Jordan | King Abdullah Receives El Sisi Ahead of Trilateral Summit with Iraq PM

King Abdullah, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi arrived in Jordan on Tuesday to attend the third trilateral summit between Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq, in Amman.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iran | Government Spox: Normalizing ties with Israel means supporting crime

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Comments Off on Iran | Government Spox: Normalizing ties with Israel means supporting crime

Iran’s Government Spokesman stated that normalizing relations with the Israeli regime mean supporting their committed crimes in the region.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Lebanon | IOF Fire Phosphorous and Flare Bombs on Lebanese Border

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanon | IOF Fire Phosphorous and Flare Bombs on Lebanese Border

Israeli Occupation Forces bombed more than 200 flare and phosphorus shells on South Lebanon early Wednesday, of which 110 shells fell in the area between Hula and Meiss al-Jabal.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Appeasement: The European Sickness

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Appeasement: The European Sickness

Now, Britain and France seek to appease the three powers that most threaten the world today: Iran, China and Russia.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Erdoğan Needs New Enemies

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Erdoğan Needs New Enemies

All those Turkish-Greek tensions in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas bolster a century-long Turkish nostalgia to take back some of the Greek islands. Yeni Safak, a fiercely pro-Erdoğan newspaper, suggested that the Turkish military should invade 16 Greek islands.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Is Europe’s Last Dictatorship in Belarus Finally Coming to an End?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Is Europe’s Last Dictatorship in Belarus Finally Coming to an End?

The August 9 election of Aleksandr Lukashenko as President of Belarus saw the authoritarian strongman secure his 6th term in a country long known as Europe’s last dictatorship, sparking nationwide protests.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Israel-UAE Deal: Real Diplomacy or Public Relations Stunt?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Israel-UAE Deal: Real Diplomacy or Public Relations Stunt?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to normalize relations with Israel to gain favor with the United States, no matter the outcome of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

What Do Normalized Israel-UAE Relations Mean for the Region?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on What Do Normalized Israel-UAE Relations Mean for the Region?

The “Abraham Accords” shift the regional landscape and offer new questions about paths ahead for Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli peace. On August 13, the governments of Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that they had agreed to the full normalization of relations, in exchange for Israel suspending announced plans to annex large areas of […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

The Impact of Middle East Regional Competition on Security and Stability in the Horn of Africa

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on The Impact of Middle East Regional Competition on Security and Stability in the Horn of Africa

The relationship between the Middle East and the Horn of Africa is centuries-old and complex. While the world’s attention is focused mainly on the “great power competition” in the region, primarily between the U.S. and China, the Horn of Africa has also become a central battleground for influence among competing regional players, principally Saudi Arabia, […]

This was posted under category: Africa

James Carafano: Trump right to back arms embargo on Iran, a dangerous state sponsor of terrorism

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on James Carafano: Trump right to back arms embargo on Iran, a dangerous state sponsor of terrorism

President Trump’s move to reimpose full United Nations sanctions on Iran in order to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic Republic scheduled to expire in October is a wise move, despite the opposition of European nations, Russia and China.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Trump Meets With Iraqi Leader Amid Negotiations Over U.S. Troop Levels

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Trump Meets With Iraqi Leader Amid Negotiations Over U.S. Troop Levels

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to the White House is largely focused on negotiations, which started in May, on resetting the United States military mission in Iraq.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Strengthening and Expanding: ISIS’ Central Syria Campaign

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Strengthening and Expanding: ISIS’ Central Syria Campaign

While most international attention has been focused on the “post-caliphate” Islamic State insurgencies in northeast Syria and Iraq, ISIS has steadily carried out an ever-expanding insurgency against the Syrian regime and its allies in central Syria. The insurgency began immediately following the Syrian regime’s capture of this area in late 2017 and has continued unabated […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Hezbollah Still Has a Knife at Lebanon’s Throat After Hariri Verdict

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah Still Has a Knife at Lebanon’s Throat After Hariri Verdict

A confused tribunal process is a step toward justice in a case that has haunted the country for years. Lebanon’s postwar hopes of becoming a free and prosperous nation died smoldering in a mangled crater of seared flesh and jagged metal on the Beirut waterfront. The devastating bomb blast that tore through the Beirut coast […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Attacks Targeting Aid Workers in Niger Are Latest in Worrying Spike

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Attacks Targeting Aid Workers in Niger Are Latest in Worrying Spike

New findings out Monday show an alarming spike in attacks against humanitarian workers last year, including in part of Africa’s Sahel region. That’s where some of the latest attacks took place last week against French and Nigerien nationals.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Bahrain to set up committee to counter money laundering and terrorism

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Bahrain to set up committee to counter money laundering and terrorism

Bahrain will form a committee to counter extremism, money laundering and terrorism, under a royal decree announced on Sunday.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Six killed in Kashmir in one of deadliest days since autonomy revoked

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Comments Off on Six killed in Kashmir in one of deadliest days since autonomy revoked

Four Indian security forces and two militants were killed in related incidents in Kashmir on Monday, in one of the deadliest days in the disputed Muslim-majority region since its autonomy was ended last year.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s Self-serving ‘New Pact’ Must Be Shunned

Monday, August 24, 2020 Comments Off on Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s Self-serving ‘New Pact’ Must Be Shunned

French President, Emmanuel Macron, is in no position to pontificate to Lebanon about the need for political and economic reforms. Just as thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut demanding “revenge” against the ruling classes, the French people have relentlessly been doing the same; both peoples have been met with police violence and […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Donald Trump Is Losing His Tech War with Xi Jinping

Monday, August 24, 2020 Comments Off on Donald Trump Is Losing His Tech War with Xi Jinping

For the Trump administration’s senior officials, it’s been open season on bashing China. If you need an example, think of the president’s blame game about “the invisible Chinese virus” as it spreads wildly across the U.S.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

The momentum of protest in Belarus getting lost

Monday, August 24, 2020 Comments Off on The momentum of protest in Belarus getting lost

Momentum for factory strikes is winding down. Only a few days ago Belarus was boiling with opposition led protests and strike while the Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko’s claims the opposition’s program has failed. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against foreign interference in Belarus while the European Union has expressed concern […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia

France asks Afghans not to free Taliban who killed its citizens

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on France asks Afghans not to free Taliban who killed its citizens

France objects to release of three men jailed for the murders of French nationals in Afghanistan.

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

French PM likens killing of French aid workers in Niger to 2015 Paris attacks

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on French PM likens killing of French aid workers in Niger to 2015 Paris attacks

French Prime Minister Jean Castex paid tribute on Friday to the six French aid workers who where killed by a group of gunmen on motorcycles in Niger, likening the attack to the 2015 militant attacks in Paris that shook the country.

This was posted under category: Africa, Eurasia

Beirut’s Shiites Like the Idea of Change, but Like Hezbollah More

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Beirut’s Shiites Like the Idea of Change, but Like Hezbollah More

In a Shiite stronghold, people agree that the political system is dysfunctional and needs replacing, but not if that means Hezbollah ceding its power.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Hezbollah will respond if Beirut blast was sabotage, says Nasrallah

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah will respond if Beirut blast was sabotage, says Nasrallah

Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that his group would wait for results of a probe into the Beirut port blast, but that if it turns out to be an act of sabotage by Israel then it would “pay an equal price”.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

What to Watch to Understand the Sino-Iranian Relationship

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on What to Watch to Understand the Sino-Iranian Relationship

Beijing and Tehran are in the process of finalizing an ambitious partnership covering a range of security and economic issues. According to reporting by the New York Times, the agreement will include Chinese development of Iranian transportation infrastructure, a 5G network and joint military exercises, among other points of cooperation.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy

China’s military-civil fusion (MCF) project aims to harness the capability of the country’s civilian sectors, including science, and technology, to advance China’s military, economic, and technological prowess.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, South East Asia

Atomwaffen Goes Global

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Atomwaffen Goes Global

The Atomwaffen Division (AWD) is a violent white supremacist group that seeks to ignite a race war, and has been linked to murders and other acts of violence.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

What Does the Appointment of a Controversial Diplomat Signal for U.S. Policy on Iran?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on What Does the Appointment of a Controversial Diplomat Signal for U.S. Policy on Iran?

The appointment of Eliot Abrams as the Administration’s top policymaker on Iran could signal a shift in U.S. policy to an effort to change Iran’s regime.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

China’s Naval Ambitions Are a Global Threat

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on China’s Naval Ambitions Are a Global Threat

Despite the widespread international criticism China has received in recent weeks over its brutal suppression of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, there is little sign that Beijing is prepared to adopt a more conciliatory tone.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

Saudi Arabia ends loan and oil supply to Pakistan over its criticism of OIC on Kashmir

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia ends loan and oil supply to Pakistan over its criticism of OIC on Kashmir

Saudi Arabia has ended a loan and oil supply to Pakistan due to the South Asian nation’s criticism that the Saudi-led Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is not doing enough to pressure India on the Kashmir issue, marking a new milestone in the deteriorating relations between the two allies.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Pakistan, South East Asia

Over 87% of Pakistan migrant workers headed for UAE, Saudi Arabia in 2019

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Over 87% of Pakistan migrant workers headed for UAE, Saudi Arabia in 2019

Over 87 per cent of Pakistanis seeking jobs abroad went to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia last year, data released by Pakistan has revealed.

This was posted under category: Eurasia

UAE, Israel agree to normalise relations

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on UAE, Israel agree to normalise relations

Israel and the United Arab Emirates today reached an historic peace deal that will lead to a full normalisation of diplomatic relations, Reuters reported.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

Afghan Peace Talks: Prisoner Release Paves Way for Direct Negotiations

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on Afghan Peace Talks: Prisoner Release Paves Way for Direct Negotiations

Can the Afghan government and the Taliban agree to a political settlement to end decades of conflict? Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that his government would release the last batch of Taliban prisoners, ostensibly removing the final hurdle to direct negotiations with the insurgent group. Intra-Afghan negotiations were originally slated for March 10 […]

This was posted under category: Afghanistan, Eurasia, South East Asia

ISIS Determined to Make a Comeback—How Can it Be Stopped?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on ISIS Determined to Make a Comeback—How Can it Be Stopped?

U.S. officials say repatriation of people who lived or fought with ISIS is a critical challenge that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Middle Orient

After Beirut Blast, What’s Next for Lebanon’s Broken Political System?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Comments Off on After Beirut Blast, What’s Next for Lebanon’s Broken Political System?

With the country already on the brink of collapse, the explosion has deepened the trust gap between citizens and the ruling elite.

This was posted under category: Eurasia