FROM Fares Braizat
President Obama and Change in the Middle East President Obama has made his second major address on the Mid East and North Africa. We hear how he thinks the US needs to adapt to changes brought on by the so-called Arab Spring, and what they mean for Israel and the Palestinians.
President Obama on the Middle East and 'Arab Spring' Speaking in Cairo two years ago, President Obama called for a "new beginning" in the Muslim Middle East based on "respect" and "mutual interest." Today, he said the so-called "Arab Spring" requires yet another "new chapter in American diplomacy," and he promised economic help to facilitate democracy. Once again, he criticized Israeli settlements. For the first time, he said a Palestinian state should be based on 1967 boundaries. Did he achieve the goal of a sweeping survey of a complex region? Can he revive American influence? We hear a variety of opinions.
After Egypt: How the Arab World Is Reacting In Egypt, the new military government has promised to end the state of emergency and re-write the constitution. Soldiers have told remaining protesters on Tahrir Square it's time to go back to work. We update the situation in the region.
The Pressure Mounts on Mubarak and Obama The crowds in Egypt today were bigger than ever, a "remarkable tapestry," a crowd "far bigger and more tumultuous than any in the previous week," according to the New York Times, "from young women with babies to old men with canes." The Army paved the way for the so-called "march of millions" by saying it would not fire on demonstrators and calling their demands "legitimate." The new vice president offered negotiations but, speaking for the protesters, Mohamed ElBaradai said they won't talk until President Hosni Mubarak leaves the country. What else do they want? What's the fallout in other Middle Eastern countries? And, what is the Obama Administration planning to do now?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?