Thursday, November 23, 2017

Putin's Syria Plan Could Spark ‘New Persian Empire’ – Analyst

Russian President Putin has met with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, President Erdogan and President Rouhani, to discuss a political solution, while the United States has been largely left out. John Sitilides, geopolitical strategist at Trinity Advisors, joins ‘News With Ed’ to discuss.

After Collapse of Coalition Talks, What's Next for Germany?

"The problem is that many people in Germany are really sick of all the old parties; they don't believe any of them, they're unhappy and dissatisfied," says author and journalist Victor Grossman

‘Saudi Arabia Backfires on Itself by Forcing Lebanese PM Hariri to Resign’ – Expert

The Lebanese prime minister has announced he’s putting his surprise resignation on hold, after the president asked him to reconsider. RT talked to Jamal Wakeem, professor of history and international relations at Lebanese University in Beirut.

Hard Bargaining: Lebanon Prime Minister Returns and Suspends Resignation

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Inside Story - Is the War in Syria Really Almost Over?

Bashar al Assad flew to Russia for a few hours to meet his major ally Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said Russia’s President told him that the fight against armed groups is close to finishing. And once it's over, finding a peaceful political settlement will be key.

The opposition has long demanded a future Syria without Assad. But he’s survived nearly seven years of war and is likely to remain in charge for the foreseeable future. So, will Assad detractors come to terms with that?

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: Marwan Kabalan - Director of Policy Analysis, Doha Institute; Pavel Felgenhaeur - Russian foreign policy specialist and newspaper columnist; Ammar Waqqaf - British Syrian Society

Lebanon's PM Hariri Defers Resignation for Dialogue

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has promised his supporters that he will stick with them and defend his country, more than two weeks after announcing, while in Saudi Arabia, that he was stepping down.

Hariri is now back in Beirut, where he has agreed to delay his resignation after a request from Lebanon's President Michel Aoun to allow more dialogue.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Beirut.

FCC Moves to Gut Net Neutrality, Ignoring Public Support & Laws Upholding Equal Internet Access

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai issued a major order Tuesday in which he outlined his plan to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet. Pai wants to repeal net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites and stop companies from charging extra fees for high-quality streaming. A formal vote on the plan is set for December 14th. We speak with Tim Karr, Senior Director of Strategy for Free Press, which is organizing support to keep the rules in place ahead of the vote.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Can You Be Gay & Muslim?

Like with any religion, the answer to homosexuality is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s when religion is taken to the extreme that issues arise. We take a closer look at what it means to be gay and Muslim.

Does Mark Zuckerberg Want to Run for President? - BBC Newsnight

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been touring the United States to meet and connect with the American people. Newsnight's Emily Maitlis followed his footsteps to find out why.

Why Does the US Have So Many Child Brides? - BBC News

Angel was 13 when her mother forced her to marry and start a family. "I felt like a slave," she says of her childhood.

While countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and El Salvador have recently banned child marriage, it remains legal in the US - and half of states have no set minimum age below which you cannot get married.

For the BBC's America First? series the BBC's Aleem Maqbool is exploring health and social issues where the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in international rankings. Video by Franz Strasser; produced by Ashley Semler

Top US News & World Headlines — November 21, 2017

Saudi Financial Crisis at Heart of Princely Rage

The severe financial crisis and foreign policy failures are making Prince Mohammed bin Salman increasingly belligerent, says Vijay Prashad

Monday, November 20, 2017

F24Debate - Has Merkel Still Got It?

Yemen: Saudi Blockade 'A Collective Extermination'

The International Committee of the Red Cross says the Yemeni cities of Sanaa, the country's capital, and al-Bayda now lack clean water. A shortage of fuel caused by the Saudi-led blockade has caused pumping stations to shut down.

Some Yemeni ports have re-opened to allow in desperately needed food and aid, but critics say it’s not enough, as Yemen suffers a humanitarian catastrophe and the worst outbreak of cholera recorded.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Top US News & World Headlines — November 20, 2017

Saad Hariri, Saudi Power Play and the Media – The Listening Post (Full)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Why Is Washington Closing the PLO's Office? – Inside Story

Over the past 50 years since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, there have been countless talks, negotiations and UN resolutions. And the Palestinian Liberation Organization has been at the forefront of peace talks over the years. But now, Donald Trump's administration says it will shut down the PLO's office in Washington D.C. That's in response to Palestinian efforts to raise the issue of Israel's occupation at the International Criminal Court.

If the U.S. goes ahead with its plans, Palestinians say they will end all communication with Washington. But what will this move mean for Trump's Middle East peace plan?

Presenter: Laura Kyle | Guests: Qais Abdel Karim - Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, PLO; Hillary Mann Leverett - Former White House National Security and State department Official; Ian Black - Visiting Senior Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics.

Saudi Prince Defects: 'Brutality, Oppression as Government Scared of Arab Revolts' (2013)

In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has launched an offensive against anti-regime activists arresting many and sentencing some to years in jail. Total number of political prisoners has now surpassed 40 thousand according to some reports. The crackdown has even forced a member of the ruling family to defect. RT Arabic spoke exclusively to Saudi prince Khaled Bin Farhan Al-Saud - who accuses the monarchy of corruption and silencing all voices of dissent.

UK Hosts Conference on Saudi Crisis

Saudi Arabia's heir to the throne has recently been making bold political moves - detaining some of his relations and a number of the kingdom's wealthiest businessmen amid an ongoing war with Yemen.

Mohammed bin Salman's policies have been the focus of a conference in London attended by analysts, academics and senior political figures. The conference aims to highlight what's at stake, namely the stability of the Gulf region and that of other countries like Lebanon and Iran.

Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal reports from London.

Saudi Arabia's Purge: A Quest for Media Control? - The Listening Post