User Profile: Randa Khalifeh
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Those who witnessed the first half of the 20th century and followed up on international events, or those who read history books about the Hitler era, will notice – without much effort – a great resemblance (even a [Read more]
This passion for Israel blinds the American administration and makes it unable to see the real interests of the United States. [Read more]
In the eyes of Washington’s allies, the biggest problem is the lack of any clear political agenda by the Trump administration in Syria. [Read more]
The problem in Syria is the absence of international consensus on a political solution. [Read more]
The Battle of Kirkuk* and its implications were a significant twist in the balance of power north of Iraq as Iran tried to amplify the project, which sought to separate the Kurds from the authority of the Shiite allies in Baghdad, and which didn’t hesitate to systematically end the situation by cooperating with its [Read more]
One can’t discuss regional cooperation if the Palestinian-Israeli conflict file is neglected. [Read more]
It is certainly clear that during his recent visit to Amman and Cairo, Vice President Mike Pence sought to reaffirm the strong partnership and ties among the United States’ historical allies in the region. He also sought to alleviate the justifiable fears which have been a natural reaction to President Donald [Read more]
Arab procrastination, leniency and ambiguity are behind the failure to create consistent and permanent opposition to the American decision. [Read more]
The Trump administration is committing a great folly in its decision to withdraw from UNESCO to show solidarity with the Israeli occupation. [Read more]
The world as we know it has grown accustomed to a certain type of president who engages in campaigns against presidents from other parties; they walk behind their predecessors carrying an eraser to erase or adjust what has been accomplished so far. Trump might be one of them. He is following Obama’s path with an [Read more]
The label for recent military interventions in some Arab countries — the majority of which are American-led — was “Regime Change.” Some world leaders who advocate humanitarian and democratic principles sympathize with oppressed Arab people, so they come to their rescue and rid them of their oppressive leaders, [Read more]
A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, which interviewed people in 37 countries, revealed that the popularity of U.S. President Donald Trump outside the U.S. is not particularly high except for Russia and Israel who believed that he is doing better than his predecessor Barack Obama.
More than 40 thousand people [Read more]
To continue to bet on the United States in the peace process will prove useless as days go by; the United States is fully aligned with Israel. [Read more]
The Americans, their allies and those who follow their lead such as agents and terrorists, whom Washington calls moderate rebels, are the reason behind the Syrian calamity. [Read more]
Americans are discussing secret Sept. 11 documents that address the involvement of Saudi officials, who are not key al-Qaida supporters, in the funding of the organization. [Read more]
On very rare occasions are we able to cast a blind eye toward some of Obama’s stances. But if I manage to set aside his position toward Arab cases, especially the Palestinian one, then I can say that I am an avid fan of him, and until this very moment, I wasn’t able to harbor any feelings of oppression and hatred [Read more]
There is also the fact that educational volunteerism not only provides a chance for equal education in remote and less fortunate areas, but also strengthens the national structure in its widest sense. [Read more]
Kaplan believes that the current bloody conflicts in the Middle East are the result of the post-imperialism period [Read more]
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Moscow Wednesday, calling for urgent military aid, while the popular mobilization militias reached the touch-lines in Anbar preparing for the start of battle, hoping to regain the city of Ramadi which fell into the hands of the Islamic State a few days ago. Abadi’s [Read more]
The United States says that it is leading an international coalition against the terrorist organization, “the Islamic State group.” The White House confirms this and stresses its rejection of terrorism and extremism no matter its form, origin or source.
The U.S. president appears gloomy, of course, after having [Read more]
Although the United States — which is armed, capable and powerful — lowered its ceiling of expectations from the war that it began waging against terrorism, and announced before its airstrikes campaign that its targets don’t exceed the purpose of weakening the Islamic State and curbing its surge, some among us [Read more]
It is not strange that Washington prohibited the export of drones to Jordan, despite the war Jordan is waging and that the war is not solely Jordan’s war in the region and in the world.
The U.S. magazine Foreign Policy mentioned that Jordan forwarded a request to purchase Predator drones in spring of 2014; the [Read more]
What The New York Times has published lately is nothing new. It mentions the signs and indications of what has taken over the American stance toward Syria during the most recent period that embodies granting priority to fighting the Islamic State and Nusra Front in Syria at the expense of ousting President Assad, an [Read more]
As soon as countries acknowledged that groups were different from them ... they found themselves confronting a new kind of phantom violence: conflict with unidentified persons and invisible terrorists. [Read more]
The meeting of the European ministers of interior and justice on the eve of the big Paris rally and the announcement of American President Barack Obama’s intention to call for an international summit to discuss the situation of the war on terrorism all reinforces returning once again to the atmosphere which prevailed [Read more]
Washington did not open its doors for His Majesty King Abdullah II only to listen to his consultations regarding the priorities of the region and how to deal with its issues, and to affirm its political and economic support for the kingdom, for the sole reason that Jordan plays an influential role in the current [Read more]
The significant and historical message forwarded by President Barack Obama to the spiritual leader of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stands as a significant indicator of the fundamental changes that are taking place in the restructuring of the coalitions and interests in the Middle East, which in the [Read more]
Waves of protests and anger are currently sweeping over America. Specifically, the protests erupted in 170 American cities. They erupted over the past few days in the wake of a decision issued by the grand jury to acquit a white police officer in the shooting of a black boy in Ferguson. The authorities in the state [Read more]
Whereas discussions have recently intensified about the possibility of a ground intervention against the Islamic State, military experts believe that the airstrikes that have been staged by the U.S.-led international coalition for more than two months are likely to surround the Islamic State group and stall its [Read more]
It is difficult to count the daily statements made by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Obama, Pentagon officials and the spokesmen of the administration, with all its branches, in addition to the statements made by Secretary of State Kerry on the issue in Syria. This doesn’t reflect the state of confusion [Read more]
When chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey opened the doors to a more voluptuous U.S. role in Iraq by affirming that one day the USA will think about sending ground troops to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, he affirmed that the volume of the boots on the ground would be rather modest. [Read more]
The achievement of "a historic peace" between the Israelis and Palestinians was the main objective of the mission launched by the U.S. Secretary of State ever since he took office. The wish to achieve peace coincided with a clear U.S. escalation regarding the establishment of a political solution in Syria. Today, the [Read more]
Success in Iraq, even if possible, requires years of work. As for Syria, it is most likely that international forces will leave it to face an unknown destiny. [Read more]