Jerusalem: Trump move prompts negative world reaction

BBC

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been met with a wave of disapproval.

Leaders from within the Muslim world and from the wider international community were swift to criticise the move, and some warned of the potential for violence and bloodshed as a result.

Mr Trump also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making America the first country in the world to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Continue reading “Jerusalem: Trump move prompts negative world reaction”

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What effect did the Crusades have on the Middle East?

The Europeans besiege Jerusalem, seeking to "liberate" it from Muslim rule, 1099.
The Crusaders or Franks attack Jerusalem during the First Crusade, 1099. Getty Images

Updated June 13, 2017

Between 1095 and 1291, Christians from western Europe launched a series of eight major invasions against the Middle East. These attacks, called the Crusades, were aimed at “liberating” the Holy Land and Jerusalem from Muslim rule.

The Crusades were sparked by religious fervor in Europe, by exhortations from various Popes, and by the need to rid Europe of excess warriors left over from regional wars.

What effect did these attacks, which came from out of the blue from the perspective of Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land, have on the Middle East? Continue reading “What effect did the Crusades have on the Middle East?”

Khủng hoảng Qatar: Bẫy hiểm của Mỹ với đồng minh

BĐVNhững gì đã xảy ra với Saddam Hussein trong cuộc chiến tranh Iran – Iraq cho thấy cái bẫy của người Mỹ luôn rất nguy hiểm với đối tác, đồng minh…

 Cuộc khủng hoảng xoay quanh quân cờ di động Qatar đang đưa Ả-rập Saudi vào thế nguy hiểm
Cuộc khủng hoảng xoay quanh quân cờ di động Qatar đang đưa Ả-rập Saudi vào thế nguy hiểm

Cuộc khủng hoảng ngoại giao Qatar vẫn còn nóng và sẽ còn nóng. Vấn đề bắt đầu và xoay quanh việc Ả-rập Saudi khởi xướng và nhanh chóng kéo đồng minh vào “đánh hội đồng” Qatar với nghi ngờ quốc gia này đồng phạm khủng bố.

Tuy nhiên, cái đích mà mũi tên của Riyadh hướng tới là Tehran – kẻ thù lớn nhất của Riyadh, còn tiểu quốc Trung Đông thực ra chỉ là một quân cờ di động. Continue reading “Khủng hoảng Qatar: Bẫy hiểm của Mỹ với đồng minh”

Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?

FP

The Sunni Gulf powers have long been spoiling for a fight with Iran. This could be just the excuse they need.

Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?

Sarajevo 1914, Doha 2017? We could be at a historic moment akin to the assassination of the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which resulted in what became known as the Great War. This time, though, the possible clash is between a Saudi-United Arab Emirates force and Iran. Washington is going to have to act quickly to stop the march to war, rather than wait for the carnage to begin. Continue reading “Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?”

Consequences of attacks in Tehran will be felt around the world

Assaults on potent symbols of Iranian ideology, claimed by Isis, will stoke tensions with Saudi Arabia, Gulf states and Trump

Firefight erupts at the Iranian parliament in Tehran

In targeting the Iranian parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the terrorists who went on a lethal rampage in Tehran on Wednesday chose the two most potent symbols of the 1979 revolution.

For ordinary Tehranis, comparatively safe in recent years from such outrages, the attacks are deeply shocking. Continue reading “Consequences of attacks in Tehran will be felt around the world”

Arab states cut Qatar ties in major diplomatic crisis

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File photo of a Qatari waving the national flag in Doha. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NNAAMANI)

RIYADH: Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt on Monday (Jun 5) cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years.

Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and the Maldives joined Saudi Arabia and Egypt in severing relations with gas-rich Qatar, with Riyadh accusing Doha of supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, “that aim to destabilise the region”. Continue reading “Arab states cut Qatar ties in major diplomatic crisis”