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Posts Tagged ‘President Trump’

What is rude for most Arabs…is not Trump’s handshake

EPA photo   By Ahmed Tharwat Lots of debate and media coverage preceded and followed President Trump’s visit to the Saudi kingdom. Anxieties and expectations filled the air. Trump, who has been behaving like a royal frat boy all his life, was visiting Saudi royalty in his first official overseas visit.

Back to Realpolitik: Trump in Saudi Arabia

AP photo   By Binoy Kampmark   “You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible.” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President Donald Trump, New York Times, May 21, 2017

The New American-Saudi-Muslim Alliance

Reuters photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah As the ‘mainstream media’ besieged President Donald Trump’s touchdown in Riyadh on his first international trip where he was expected to receive a lavish and unprecedented reception by Saudi officials to attend a busy two day summit with Saudis, GCC leaders and heads of states from the Islamic […]

US and Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters By Ayesha Rascoe Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a U.S. decision to arm them.

Privatizing Government

AP photo   By Sami Jamil Jadallah I wrote in an earlier article about the issue of “deconstruction of the state”, reducing and streamlining its administrative bureaucracy, reducing the “red tape” and reducing its role in the daily lives of all Americans. So far so good.

Observations of an Expat: The God Story

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms God is infallible. Although you could argue that he made a big mistake when He (or She?) scooped up a mess of Middle Eastern mud and sculpted Adam. The first Chinese is reported to have enjoyed a similar creation, although the river was the Yangtze. As for India’s Hindus, […]

Trump puts Mexican Wall on hold – for now

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Apparently, there has been no shortage of contractors submitting their interest and/or presentations/proposals to build President Trump’s Mexican Wall.

Leaders brief Congress at White House on North Korea threat

Carlos Barria/Reuters   By Kanwal Abidi Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Marine Corps General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed members of Congress at the White House earlier on the review President Donald J. Trump ordered of U.S. policy […]

Trump is not Kennedy and this is 2017

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Those of us who recall The Bay of Pigs, even though we were children, just by listening to the news and hearing what our parents thought on the issues, we knew that we were at risk of missiles being used. Everyone was nervous. The same feeling has now returned, […]

Why the American college kids on spring break chanted ‘Build that Wall’

Ben Brewer/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian In March 2017, there were several reports that a group of American college kids, vacationing in Cancun, Mexico for their spring break, chanted the Trumpist slogan ‘Build that Wall’.

What do Egyptians call their dictator?: El Sisi visits the US

Reuters photo   By Ahmed Tharwat Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is coming to visit the US in the first week of April. No, this is not an April Fool’s but it is the meeting of fools. The visit is the first official state visit for the Egyptian general at the invitation of President Trump.

Politics Of Failure: Congress Moves Away From Trump

AFP photo   By Mark Davis Juggling numbers to validate a point in a discussion is nothing new to those on the left. Obamacare was passed into existence with lies and persists by the same methodology. Claiming millions would be hurt when Obamacare’s claws are finally removed from the health system is nonsense.

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

Evan Vucci/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner   What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

The Truth about Trump’s Promises on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Job Creation

Reuters photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Trump administration’s promises to reform the Environmental Protection Agency, to scale back on environmental laws and regulations, and to exit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change omit any explanation of the legal processes involved.

Trumped by a Royal Flush

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed The UK Parliament yesterday held a three hour debate as to whether President Trump’s state visit should be revoked following a petition signed by 1.8 million people to date.

Tony Blair, have you been sharing the same water cooler as President Trump?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed What is it with people who have had their time in the limelight but want to return to politics like old singers who have numerous final concerts?

Trump: Is the King in the Altogether?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Many will recall the song ‘The King is in the Altogether‘ and the funny story with a clever ‘get-out clause’ therein. Perhaps purely because of its cleverness and parody on reactions by humanity relating to tricky situations is the very reason for its popularity.

Observations of an Expat: Trump’s Aim

Joe Raedle/AFP   By Tom Arms   What is Trump’s Aim?

In setback for Trump, U.S. judges reject travel ban

David Ryder/Reuters   By Dan Levine and Mica Rosenberg President Donald Trump suffered a legal blow on Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Trump’s seven first steps to sabotage human rights

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Since taking over at the White House, US President Donald Trump has wasted little time putting into action his poisonous campaign rhetoric. In his first couple of weeks in office, he pushed through a series of repressive executive orders that threaten the human rights of millions at home and […]

President Trump: Two weeks in the White House

Kevin Dietsch/AFP   By Kanwal Abidi President Trump since 20th Jan 2017, 12 noon, inauguration – has not rested a moment and has moved unprecedented towards ‘Making American Great Again’!

Observations of an Expat: Pax Americana—The End

AP photo   By Tom Arms It is the beginning of the end of Pax Americana. For 71 years the world has sheltered under the wings of the American eagle. The result has been one of the longest periods of prolonged peace, prosperity and political advancement in world history.

A Muslim Survival Kit for Trump’s 4 year Tenure!

Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters   By Ahmed Tharwat Now it is real folks, it is written, the Donald will be our next and 45th President. The joke is now on us however, and he is the only one laughing.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Eric Thayer   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Dear Mr. Trump, First, let me congratulate you on your election and I have to admit, for a non-politician you did a hell of job understanding and speaking the language of Main Street America, which sad to say has been neglected by America’s political elite, Democrats and […]

America now has its own brexit

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed An American friend once told me that their country considered the UK to be equivalent to their canary in the minefield.

Poetry

By Don Krieger