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Trump basks in Netanyahu's victory by highlighting their personal alliance

US president tweeted a picture of people waving Trump banners at the Israeli leader’s election celebrations Donald Trump shakes hands with Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on 25 March. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters Donald Trump welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory by underlining the personal alliance between the two men, tweeting a picture of people waving Trump banners at the Israeli leader’s celebrations. As it became clear that Netanyahu would win a fifth term as prime mi...
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Israel, US, Syria, Middle East, West Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Trump, Netanyahu, Donald J Trump, Golan Heights, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


Benjamin Netanyahu on course to remain prime minister after tight Israeli election

Benjamin Netanyahu looked on the brink of securing a fifth-term as Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday, after fending off a centrist challenge despite facing criminal corruption charges.  With nearly all votes counted, Mr Netanyahu’s Likud had won the same number of seats as Blue & White, a centrist coalition run by led by former general Benny Gantz, but the prime minister had a much clearer path to forming a coalition.  “This is a night of tremendous victory,” Mr Netanyahu told his cheering su...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, White House, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Syria, West Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Arab, Trump, Netanyahu, Bibi, Palestinian Authority


Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu 'plans to annex settlements in West Bank' if reelected

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, has promised to annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected on Tuesday. Palestinian leaders immediately reacted with anger at the pledge, which came in an interview with Israeli Channel 12 News three days ahead of the election. Mr Netanyahu was asked why he had not extended sovereignty to large West Bank settlements, as Israel did without international recognition in east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both captured i...
Tags: News, White House, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Syria, Palestine, West Bank, Epa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas, East Jerusalem, Donald Trump, White, Arab, Saeb Erekat


A Gas Tax Would Turn Trump into President Donald Macron

It was only a few weeks ago that France seemed to be on the verge of total breakdown. The flammable environment of French politics was created by the political disconnect between provincial France and the Parisian elite. French president Emmanuel Macron announced a simple policy adjustment in that environment, and suddenly the country and its cities lit up with explosive protests that shut down the cities.Donald Trump is looking to do the same here in the United States. It won’t generate the sam...
Tags: News, France, White House, America, Syria, Gop, United States, Bill Clinton, Cia, Donald Trump, Chamber of Commerce, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Emmanuel Macron, Dod, Carlson


Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido stripped of parliamentary immunity

The Venezuelan government has stripped president Nicolas Maduro's rival Juan Guaido of his parliamentary immunity, opening the door for his possible arrest and prosecution. Mr Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled national assembly, declared himself president on January 23 and has been recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate leader by more than 50 countries. Until now, Mr Maduro has given Mr Guaido a remarkably free rein, unwilling to risk antagonising supporters of the 35 year old – includ...
Tags: Florida, News, Supreme Court, White House, Syria, Colombia, United States, Brazil, Marco Rubio, Venezuela, Beirut, Nicolás Maduro, Latin America, Trump, Rubio, Maduro


Further claims of inappropriate behavior put Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid in doubt

Two more women have claimed that Joe Biden inappropriately touched them, in a further blow to the former US Vice President said to be considering a bid for the White House.  Caitlyn Caruso, 22, told the New York Times on Tuesday that Mr Biden hugged her "just a little bit too long" when she was 19 at a University of Nevada event on sexual harassment.   According to the former student, the senior Democrat rested his hand on her thigh moments after Miss Caruso had shared a personal story of sexual...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Senate, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, US, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Syria, Hillary Clinton, House, New York Times, Connecticut, House Of Representatives, Nevada


Trump Officially Recognizes Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

President Trump on Monday signed an order recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, abruptly shifting long-standing U.S. policy on the matter."We're celebrating the Golan Heights. It's something that I've been hearing about for many years," Trump said during remarks to reporters at the White House alongside Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "This should have been done, I would say, numerous presidents ago, but for some reason they didn't do it, and I&#...
Tags: News, White House, Israel, Jerusalem, Syria, Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump, Netanyahu, IDF, Golan Heights, Golan, Benny Gantz


Israel returns fire on Gaza as Trump signs historic decree recognising its sovereignty over Golan Heights

Israel launched strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza on Monday hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit a house near Tel Aviv and wounded seven people, leading to fears of a severe escalation. The retaliatory strikes began around the same time as Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, held a joint press conference with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Mr Netanyahu addressed the attack during the White House press conference, saying: "Israel will not tolerate this. I wil...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, Iran, Syria, Ap, Gaza, Middle East, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Hezbollah, Gaza Strip


Netanyahu visits U.S. ally ahead of close Israeli election

The prime minister's White House meeting with Trump on Monday could be overshadowed in the United States by the expected release of details from a confidential report into an investigation into possible collusion between the president and Russia in his 2016 U.S. election campaign. Before returning on Thursday from the long-planned trip to the home stretch of a close race, Netanyahu can expect a warm reception from Trump, who along with the First Lady, will also host a dinner for Netanyahu and ...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Israel, Syria, United States, Middle East, Trump, Netanyahu, Golan Heights, Sara Trump


Israel's Netanyahu to play Trump card in tight election

PM gets Washington photo ops after Trump recognises Israeli sovereignty over Golan HeightsBenjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks with Donald Trump during the US president’s visit to Tel Aviv in 2017. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty ImagesIsrael’s April election has at times felt like it might be Benjamin Netanyahu’s last. But even as he tries to fend off a string of corruption accusations, the prime minister cannot be counted out. He has survived 13 years in office, and he now has a Trump card up his sl...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Barack Obama, Iran, Syria, Middle East, West Bank, United Nations, Daniel Levy, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump


In policy shift, Trump says U.S. recognizes Israel sovereignty of Golan Heights

By MATTHEW LEE and DEB RIECHMANN JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump said Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit next week to the White House. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights r...
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Trump breaks with US policy to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory – latest news

Israel captured Golan Heights in 1967 after six-day warBridget McCain condemns Trump, 72, for being a ‘child’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 8.18pm GMT Former President Barack Obama will meet with freshman House Democrats next week.Politico reports that Obama will appear at a reception hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night for the over sixty newly elected House Democrats. 8.10pm GMT Former FBI director James Comey about what he would like to see in the Mu...
Tags: Health, Obama, Congress, Politico, Israel, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Syria, Fbi, United States, US politics, House, Abortion, Nancy Pelosi


Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist prop...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum, Special Immigration Appeals Commission


Trump says IS territory in Syria nearly eliminated

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the last of the Islamic State’s territory in Syria will be freed by U.S.-backed forces “by tonight.” Trump spoke as he left the White House and displayed maps of IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria on the day he was elected and as of Wednesday morning. The most […]
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Iraq, Syria, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Trump, U S, Nation & World Politics


Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1m in first 24 hours, smashing Bernie Sanders' record

Stunning sum is more than every other Democratic challenger who has disclosed their first-day totals The former Texas congressman, like Sanders and some of his other colleagues, has shunned Pac donations of any kind. Photograph: Kathy Willens/APDemocratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m during the first 24 hours of his official run for the White House, his campaign announced on Monday.The stunning sum is more than rival Bernie Sanders and every other 2020 Democratic rival wh...
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The future of borders in the Middle East

The collapse of Arab regional order during the 2011 uprisings provided a chance to reconsider the Middle East’s famously misshapen states. Most rebels sought to control the central government, not to break away from it. Separatist, in contrast, unilaterally sought territorial autonomy or outright secession. They took advantage of the breakdown of security services to set up their own peripheral enclaves. In the last eight years, separatists have served as foot soldiers in the coalition that defe...
Tags: Books, Politics, Isis, Featured, Iraq, Russia, US, Syria, United States, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Moscow, Libya, Benghazi, Assad, Yemen


Donald Trump 'ready to leave nearly 1,000 troops in Syria'

The US is preparing to leave nearly 1,000 troops in Syria, it was reported last night. Mr Trump announced a complete withdrawal in December, ending the US involvement in Syria, a country he described as little more than “sand and death”. It was an announcement which triggered the resignation of James Mattis, the Defence Secretary. Within weeks Mr Trump backtracked, amid pleas from both Republican and Democrats in Washington, who feared that pulling out all US forces could allow the defeated Isla...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, US, Syria, Defence, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, James Mattis


On New Zealand And Dehumanization

One of the most difficult things to do in moments of tragedy is to take time to properly process one’s own thoughts while simultaneously processing the countless messages and calls of community members and multi-faith colleagues from around the world. To the non-Muslim colleagues who reached out, supported, and aided the Muslim friends and communities around the world, showing solidarity against hatred and violence, thank you. To the many police offers, security personnel, and volunteers who sto...
Tags: Politics, Usa, Isis, Justice, Religion, Syria, Resilience, United States, Current Affairs, Terrorism, Islam, New Zealand, Yemen, Muslims, Christchurch, Bill Maher


Americans Can Do Two Things at the Same Time

Surely we have heard and seen enough by now that any lingering “optimism” about Trump governing as an anti-interventionist in foreign affairs has totally evaporated. What Trump promised in foreign policy terms in 2016, and what he instead delivered, are two radically different things—the same could be said of Obama, the so-called peace candidate of […]
Tags: Obama, North Korea, Barack Obama, Iran, Syria, Fbi, Democrats, Anthropology, Venezuela, Cia, Concepts, Cuba, Chewing Gum, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Trump


9 books to help us reimagine international studies

The 60th International Studies Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be held in Toronto from March 27th – March 30th. This year’s conference theme is “Re-visioning International Studies: Innovation and Progress.” The meeting will feature writers from around the world, whom collectively or individually speak to pressing issues like conflict and inequality. If you are attending this year’s meeting, drop by the OUP booth (#102, #104, #106, #108) to visit and to see our newest books — includi...
Tags: Books, Gender, Politics, Featured, Iraq, Toronto, Syria, Libya, Un, Yemen, Social Sciences, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ahram, Pixabay, International Studies, Brandon Valeriano


Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news – podcast

In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland on the result of Theresa May’s meaningful voteEliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that u...
Tags: Politics, UK, Russia, European Union, Syria, Ukraine, Theresa May, Investigative journalism, Malaysia Airlines, Leicester, Brexit, Jonathan Freedland, Higgins, Bellingcat, Sergei, Anushka Asthana


Venezuela: Guaidó under investigation for 'sabotage' of power grid

Thursday’s blackout left most of Venezuela in the darkUS pulls staff as Maduro accuses Trump of ‘demonic’ plot Venezuelans head to collect water from a sewage canal at the river Guaire in Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro has alleged a US attack crippled the country’s electrical system. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images Venezuela’s chief prosecutor has asked the country’s supreme court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaidó for alleged involvement in the “sabotage...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, US, Syria, Cnn, Afghanistan, Britain, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Saab, Trump, Caracas, Maduro


Ministers urged to help UK families of foreign fighters in Syria

Conditions in al-Hawl camp, where Shamima Begum’s baby died, described as ‘dire’The UK government is being urged to move rapidly to help stranded families of British foreign fighters in Syria, including giving them access to cash, aid and indirect advice on how to return from British-funded aid agencies working in Syria.Thousands more Islamic State fighters and their families surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday, placing a fresh burden on the overcrowded al-Hawl...
Tags: Politics, UK, Islamic State, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Jeremy Hunt, Shamima Begum, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, al Hawl


Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been criticizing President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, even comparing it with that of former President Barack Obama. Speaking with Vice President Mike Pence this weekend, Cheney warned that Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and complaints about NATO were making American allies question the dependability […]
Tags: News, Washington, Barack Obama, Syria, Ap, Nation, Nato, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, Cheney, Trump, Mike Pence


WaPo: In Talk With Pence, Cheney Compared Trump’s Foreign Policy to Obama’s

In a recent “off-the-record” discussion with Vice President Mike Pence, former Vice President Dick Cheney compared President Donald Trump’s foreign policy to former President Barack Obama’s, according to a transcript obtained by The Washington Post. At one point during what the Post described as a “vigorous back-and-forth,” which took place during a March 9 retreat in Sea Island, Georgia that was hosted by the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, Pence remarked: “Well, who wrote the...
Tags: Post, News, Obama, Barack Obama, Syria, Ronald Reagan, Nato, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Dick Cheney, Cheney, New York State, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence


Shamima Begum's mother asks Home Office to show mercy

Mother urges department to reconsider decision to cancel teenager’s UK citizenshipThe mother of Shamima Begum has reportedly written to the Home Office to urge the department to reconsider its decision to strip the teenage Isis bride of her British citizenship as an “act of mercy”.Begum, from Bethnal Green, east London, was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls went to join Isis in February 2015. She has lost three children since travelling to Syria, including most recently her three-week-old so...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, Syria, Home Office, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Jarrah, Bethnal Green east London


UK mulling how to bring home children of Isis Britons, says Hunt

Foreign secretary reacts to death of Shamima Begum’s baby son in apparent policy shiftThe foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said the government is now looking at ways of bringing the children of British fighters in Syria back to the UK, in an apparent shift in policy which comes days after the death of Shamima Begum’s baby son.Hunt said it was too dangerous to send British officials to rescue the 19-year-old’s baby son from the camp in Syria, and she knew she would not be able to rely on Briti...
Tags: Politics, UK, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid, Hunt, Shamima Begum


Shamima Begum: Sajid Javid labelled ‘moral coward’ over baby death

Former DPP accuses home secretary of treating UK like a ‘banana republic’ over decision to strip Isis bride of citizenshipSajid Javid was last night accused of moral cowardice and “treating the UK as a banana republic” in pursuit of his leadership ambitions following the death of Jarrah Begum, the three-week-old son of Isis bride Shamima Begum.A Church of England bishop and a former director of public prosecutions led the chorus of outrage directed at the home secretary as demand grew for him to...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Sajid Javid, Dpp, Shamima Begum, Javid, Jarrah Begum


Syrian camps: vulnerable children of Isis ignored by the outside world

Up to 3,000 infants born to foreign nationals like Shamima Begum may be at risk In a place the British government says remains too difficult for diplomats to reach, scores of its officials have been present for at least the past two years.MI6 officers, as well as SAS troopers and commanders have formed strong ties with local Kurdish officials in north-eastern Syria, where two refugee camps full of the remnants of Islamic State (Isis) are located. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Sas, Islamic State ISIS, Shamima Begum


'Find them a way to live': the deadly plight of Isis refugee children

Up to 3,000 children born to foreign nationals like Shamima Begum may be at risk in SyriaIn a place the British government says remains too difficult for diplomats to reach, scores of its officials have been present for at least the past two years.MI6 officers, as well as SAS troopers and commanders have formed strong ties with local Kurdish officials in north-eastern Syria, where two refugee camps teeming with the remnants of Islamic State (Isis) are located. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Sas, Islamic State ISIS, Shamima Begum



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