Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peacemaker? After Saudi Arabia, Trump Visits Israel

Sen. Paul: We Can't Have an Open Border with the Mideast

May. 23, 2017 - 4:44 - Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny, discusses the Paris climate deal

Two Men in Indonesia Endure Public Flogging for Gay Sex

THE TELEGRAPH: Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times on Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture."

More than a thousand people packed the courtyard of a mosque to witness the caning, which was the first time that Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practice Shariah law, has caned people for homosexuality.

The crowd shouted insults and cheered as the men, aged 20 and 23, were whipped across the back and winced with pain. Many in the crush of spectators filmed the caning with mobile phones as a team of five robed and hooded enforcers took turns inflicting the punishment, relieving one another after every 20 strokes for one of the men and 40 for the other.

Sarojini Mutia Irfan, a female university student who witnessed the caning, said it was a necessary deterrent. » | Associated Press | Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester Terror Attack: World Leaders React to Bombing

Manchester Terror Attack: Police Begin to Reveal Details of Those Killed in Attack

Why Did the Manchester Suicide Bomber Target Children?

May. 23, 2017 - 9:19 - Dr. James Mitchell gives his take on the attack

Manchester Terror Attack: Immense Sadness as Manchester Wakes Up This Morning

Manchester Terror Attack: President Macron Signs Book of Condolences at UK Embassy

Manchester Terror Attack: ISIS Claims Bombing, Saying "Many Explosive Devices Were Put In Place"

Manchester Terror Attack: Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull Reaction

Manchester Terror Attack: France's Interior Minister Delivers Statement

Manchester Terror Attack: PM May Delivers Statement after COBRA Meeting

Trump Condemns 'Evil Losers' behind Manchester Attack

During a press conference with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the US president offered his condolences to those affected by the Manchester attack and called those responsible ‘evil losers’. He added that the United States stood in ‘absolute solidarity’ with the people of the United Kingdom | * ‘We stand in solidarity’ – Trump leads global reaction to Manchester attack

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Reacts to President Trump's Visit

May. 22, 2017 - 4:35 - The foreign minister calls the president's trip an 'incredible success'

Palestinian Parliament Member on Conditions of Mideast Peace

May. 22, 2017 - 4:58 - Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on President Trump's visit to Israel

Middle East: Rouhani Leaves the Door Open for Dialogue

Hasan Rouhani, whose first round victory in last Friday's election was seen as a win for pragmatists against conservatives, telling a news conference that Iran's "waiting for the new government to find stability and continuity in its policies,” adding that last week's election showed Iranians wanted more democracy and interaction with the world.

Was Trump Convincing? – Inside Story

Donald Trump's first trip abroad as president was to Saudi Arabia, and the capital Riyadh laid on a grand royal welcome.

A business deal worth 350billion dollars was signed between the United States and Saudi Arabia - about one-third of which was for weapons.

The visit also provided an opportunity to realign perceptions of power in the region. Trump's predecessor Barack Obama seemed to distance himself from Saudi Arabia, by working with Iran as a regional leader. As a long-time critic of Iran, Trump is looking to reverse that policy.

But it was his speech, addressing the Muslim world, at the Arab Islamic American summit, that was most widely anticipated - a world he'd been strongly critical of during his election campaign.

Now he was urging Muslim leaders to share the burden in defeating those he described as Islamist extremists, saying a better future was only possible if they helped "drive out the terrorists".

He stuck to the speech written by his Senior Adviser Stephen Miller. But was the overture from Trump genuine? | Presenter: Richelle Carey | Guests: Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia: Ahmed Alibrahim, a Saudi affairs specialist; Henri Barkey, Director of the Middle East Program at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Sadegh Zibakalam, Professor of Political Science at the University of Tehran

"I Could Have Died": Protesters Detail Violent Attack by Turkish President Erdogan's Guards in Washington DC

Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail assaulted a group of peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence. Video from the scene shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looking on during the assault. It’s not clear if Erdogan gave the order for the attack. The assault came shortly after Erdogan was welcomed to the White House by President Trump. For more, we speak with Seyid Riza Dersimi, who was violently attacked during the protest and rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where he received stitches on his nose and was treated for a head injury. We also speak with Ruken Isik, a Kurdish activist and Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She attended last week’s protest and wrote a piece for The Huffington Post titled "Will Erdogan’s Thugs Face No Consequences for Attacking Us on U.S. Soil?"

As Iranian Voters Reject Hardliner, Trump Embraces Saudi Monarch & Vows to Isolate Iran

President Trump vowed to isolate Iran during his major address to Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia. He accused Iran of funding, arming and training militias and other extremist groups in region while ignoring Saudi Arabia’s role in destabilizing the region. Trump’s remarks came just two days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected in a landslide vote Friday. Rouhani’s main challenger, hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi, received only 38 percent. For more on Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and Iran’s election, we speak with Trita Parsi founder and president of the National Iranian American Council. He’s the author of the new book "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Legacy of Diplomacy," out next week.

Medea Benjamin: Congress Should Halt Trump's $110B Arms Deal over Saudi Atrocities in Yemen & Region

In his first foreign trip abroad as president, Donald Trump traveled this weekend to Saudi Arabia, where he signed an arms deals totaling $110 billion. This comes in addition to more than $115 billion offered in arms deals to Saudi Arabia by President Obama during his time in office. The deal also includes precision-guided munitions, which the Obama administration had stopped selling Saudi Arabia out of fear they would be used to bomb civilians amid the ongoing Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. Since 2015, 10,000 people have been killed in the ongoing fighting, which has also decimated the country’s health, water, sewage and sanitation systems. Over 10,000 civilians have died since the Saudi invasion began in 2015. The arms deal includes tanks, artillery, ships, helicopters, a missile defense system and cybersecurity technology. We speak to Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink and author of the book "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."

Trump in Israel: US President Visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Trump Foreign Trip: "The Israeli Government Wants the Old Trump Back!"

Middle-East: Can Israeli-Palestinian Talks Succeed under Trump?

Netanyahu: "Israel's Hand Is Extended to Peace with All Our Neighbours, Including Palestinians"

Trump in Israel: "We Have a Rare Opportunity to Bring Security, Stability and Peace to This Region"

Iran Presidential Election: Joy in the Streets after Rouhani's Victory

Iran: Hassan Rouhani Says Vote Shows Iran Has Rejected Extremism, Isolation

Tony Schwartz: The Truth About Trump | Oxford Union Q&A

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Philippines President Encourages Vigilantes To Attack

Trump in Saudi Arabia

President Trump spoke about a renewed effort to stamp out extremism during a centerpiece speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Ian McEwan: ‘Brexit Was a Huge Mistake’ - BBC Newsnight

Evan Davis interviews author Ian McEwan on Brexit, the Labour Party and his writing, and McEwan reads extracts from his new book, 'Nutshell'.

LIVE: President Trump’s Speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit – May 21, 2017

Ann Coulter: Trump Should Replace Much of His Cabinet

May. 19, 2017 - 6:12 - Political commentator Ann Coulter on the mainstream media attacks against President Trump and why he needs to replace members of his cabinet.

Tillerson: Today Is Historic for US-Saudi Arabia Relations

May. 20, 2017 - 3:46 - U.S. secretary of state talks new strategic partnership between two nations

Kellyanne Conway Talks Trump's Historic Trip Abroad

May. 20, 2017 - 7:21 - Senior counselor to the president weighs in on 'Justice with Judge Jeanine'

To Trump, Human Rights Concerns Are Often a Barrier to Trade

THE NEW YORK TIMES: RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson had some advice on Saturday for Iran’s newly re-elected president. The Trump administration, he said, hopes Tehran “restores the rights of Iranians to freedom of speech, to freedom of organization, so that Iranians can live the life that they deserve.”

As he said that at a news conference, Mr. Tillerson was standing next to the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, who represents a government that does not guarantee free speech or many other rights. When Mr. Tillerson turned to leave, a reporter asked if he had anything to say about human rights in Saudi Arabia. The secretary departed without answering.

President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia underscored the calculation he and his foreign policy advisers have made when it comes to questions of human rights around the world.

Mr. Trump and his team made clear they are willing to publicly overlook repression in places like Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states whose leaders are meeting here this weekend — as long as they are allies in areas the president considers more important, namely security and economics. » | Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear | Saturday, May 20, 2017

Investigation into Russian Ties to White House Now Focuses on Current Official

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