Middle East

Cult of death

The memory of the dead must not be turned into a defining element of national identity. Haaretz Editorial A new Education Ministry program – details of which are reported by Or Kashti in today’s Haaretz English edition – that would have Israeli junior high and high school students adopt memorial […]

President Obama explains borders stance

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday, President Obama sought to further explain the US position, saying ‘new demographic realities’ would also be considered. At an annual gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday, Israel’s staunchest American supporters were paid […]

Multilingual site on Sunnah starts today

By YOUSUF MUHAMMAD | ARAB NEWS Published: May 23, 2011 01:00 Updated: May 23, 2011 01:00 MADINAH: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Dawah, Call and Guidance Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Shaikh will launch on Monday a special website for the Holy Prophet’s Sunnah. The function will be at the location […]

Obama: No UN vote will ever create Palestine

US president says US commitment to Israeli security is “ironclad” during speech to pro-Israeli lobby in Washington. Barack Obama, the US president, has rejected Palestinian plans to seek statehood at the United Nations, and said Washington’s commitment to Israel’s security is “ironclad”. Obama was speaking at the annual policy meeting […]

US, UK and European envoys trapped in Yemen embassy

(CNN) — The American, British and European Union ambassadors to Yemen are trapped in an embassy surrounded by gunmen angry about efforts by Arab mediators to ease President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power, the American envoy told CNN. U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein said the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, […]

500 migrants taken ashore by Italians

ROME (AP) — Police said Thursday that they rescued about 500 migrants from Libya after a small fire broke out on their boat miles (kilometers) off the Italian coast. Police patrol boats spotted the boat and were escorting it toward the small island of Lampedusa when the fire began, Maj. […]

US quietly expanding defense ties with Saudis

Despite their deepening political divide, the United States and Saudi Arabia are quietly expanding defense ties on a vast scale, led by a little-known project to develop an elite force to protect the kingdom’s oil riches and future nuclear sites. The U.S. also is in discussions with Saudi Arabia to […]

Let actions speak…

So what’s it going to be: Israeli chutzpah or Barack Obama’s audacity of hope? Predictably, Israel’s Netanyahu has lost no time in trashing President Barack Obama’s call for a “viable Palestine” along the 1967 borders. The Israeli PM has virtually rubbed Obama’s nose in, dismissing the borders that existed between […]

Saudis call Obama speech meaningless drivel

By SIRAJ WAHAB, MAHER ABBAS & GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN | ARAB NEWS RIYADH/DAMMAM: Saudis dismissed US President Barrack Obama’s much-anticipated “Arab Spring address” as meaningless, predictable drivel while Egyptians and other Arabs, to whom Obama offered some sops, also did not find anything new in the speech, which according to […]

Obama announces ‘new chapter in American diplomacy

Washington (CNN) — The United States will support efforts for reform across the Middle East and North Africa, including “transitions toward democracy,” President Barack Obama said Thursday. In a speech at the U.S. State Department laying out his policies toward the region, the president said he is marking “a new […]