isisThe 26 members of a kidnapped hunting party that included numerous members of the Qatari royal family and two Saudi nationals have been released after being held for 16 months in Iraq, but questions remain about how that release was negotiated. Summary⎙ Print Various versions of a recent hostage deal are circulating that include, potentially, political motivations, millions of dollars in ransom, exchanged military prisoners and relocated civilians.

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Yemen is waste land. There isn't  much left to be bombed. The  bombing we welcome water bomb, vitamin bombs, food bombs, medical bombs...... A boy walks on the rubble of a house destroyed by a recent Saudi-led airstrike, Saada, Yemen, Jan. 4, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Naif Rahma)

Will Riyadh’s new DC ambassador draw US deeper into Yemen war?

Saudi Arabia is pressing the Trump administration to become more involved in supporting its war in Yemen.

arab league teamRecent reports said that the Arab League is suffering from a severe financial crisis which could force the organisation to move its headquarters from Cairo to Dubai, so that the government of the UAE can pick up the tab for its running costs. Diplomats have said that it has lost its role and Secretary General Ahmed Abul-Gheit is warning that it could be dissolved. What, though, has the League ever done for the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular? Has it, indeed, ever actually done anything at all?

 

un warRussia has been criticised by world powers at the UN Security Council in New York over the chemical weapons deaths in northern Syria. Moscow’s suggestions that civilians were poisoned by rebel weapons on the ground have been widely rejected.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before the Security Council and stated:

trump blackIn the days leading up to the 2016 election, I became aware of a chilling rationale that powered support for Donald Trump among active military members that went way beyond the old chestnut that Republicans quickly lose their religion on deficits when it comes to defense spending. And Donald Trump has already demonstrated that he’ll yank meals away from senior citizens if it’ll buy a few more bullets. “Sorry, Grandpa, we’ve got brown people to kill. Have you tried eating a shoe?”