Monthly Archives: February 2018

Iraq Might Purchase Russia’s Most Powerful Air Defense System Ever

Iraq is considering the purchase of Russia’s potent S-400 air and missile defense system. However, there has been to firm decision in Baghdad to proceed with a purchase just yet. “There is no delegation in Moscow now to purchase S-400,” Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi told reporters according to the Russian TASS newsagency.  “When the Iraqi government decides ...

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Graham returns from Israel: We must ‘stop the Iran-Assad machine’

War between Israel and Iranian proxy forces is imminent, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators warned Tuesday after a trip to the Middle East last week. “Any time you leave a meeting where the request is ammunition, ammunition, ammunition, that’s probably not good,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of a meeting with Israeli officials. Graham is the Senate’s lead appropriator ...

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Ould Sheikh: Houthis Blocked Agreement on Peace Proposal in Yemen

A roadmap for peace in Yemen exists but parties to the conflict need to build confidence among themselves and launch it, according to UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. “Today, I would like to announce, for the first time, that we were about to reach agreement on a peace proposal, developed in consultation with the parties, but ...

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Apple to launch ‘technology enabled’ healthcare service

Following Amazon’s lead, iPhone maker creating in-house clinics and health service for employees Apple is launching its own primary care health clinics called AC Wellness, following Amazon and Warren Buffett’s push into healthcare. Similar to Amazon’s team up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan, the AC Wellness Network aims to serve Apple’s roster of employees and their families providing “compassionate, ...

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, in his first visit back to the country since he announced his resignation in the kingdom. Hariri announced on November 4 that he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, only to rescind it the following month after France intervened. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said ...

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Why a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is closer than you think

As President Trump welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House next week, opinions have never been more dour about the possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The Trump administration says it is working on a plan, but its intended transfer of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and its open criticism of ...

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UAE building armies to divide Yemen, minister says

Transportation Minister Saleh al-Gabwani denounces Abu Dhabi’s moves to set up ‘tribal and regional armies’. A Yemeni government minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of trying to fragment the country by creating regional and tribal armies in the south. Yemen’s Transportation Minister Saleh al-Gabwani said the UAE-backed troops cut off his convoy on Sunday while he was en route ...

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Lebanon’s Hariri in Riyadh to meet King Salman, Crown Prince MBS

Saad Hariri arrives in Saudi Arabia, his first visit there since his abrupt ‘resignation’ from Riyadh in November. Lebanon‘s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, his first visit there since his abrupt – and later rescinded – resignation from Riyadh in November. A statement by Hariri’s media office on Tuesday said the prime minister would meet ...

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“Siege, starve, and surrender”: inside the next phase of the Syrian civil war

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s attacks on Eastern Ghouta show how he plans to consolidate power across the country. Airstrikes. Artillery fire. Cluster and barrel bombs. This is what the nearly 400,000 people in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, have faced over the past two weeks. Syrian forces have dramatically escalated their attacks on the area, ...

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Are Trump supporters being dishonest with pollsters? Probably not.

This past weekend Marquette University Law School Professor Charles Franklin published an interesting analysis of President Donald Trump’s approval rating. He noted that Trump tends to do better in polls in which there isn’t a live interviewer present. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump (who put together some really good charts) pointed out that this difference could arise out of people, ...

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