Middle East

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the trouble spots around the world where the U.S. is involved one way or another, it makes one wonder: Where will the war take place? Okay, let’s try this: Take your pick? (1) Baltic States (U.S. and NATO vs. Russia), (2) Middle East (U.S. vs. ISIS), (3) Senkaku Islands (U.S. and Japan vs. China), (4) Korean Peninsula (U.S. and Read More …

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By Ian Bremmer Arab News The United States is facing something it never has before: waning global influence. In the end, however, the United States will remain the world’s most powerful nation. The risk facing the United States is not a collapse like that of the Roman Empire, but rather a gradual, relative dilution of its influence abroad and a dampening of its spirit at Read More …

Tent City: Stranded OFWs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Photo Credit: Ellen Tordesillas)

By Charlie V. Manalo The Daily Tribune The sex for fly scandal involving officials in different diplomatic posts of the country in the Middle East is just the tip of the iceberg and must be seen in the context of the crackdown being done against undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said yesterday. “Undocumented Read More …

Mario Antonio, assistant labor attaché to Jordan, speaking during a press conference on the OFW sex scandal at the OWWA Center in Pasay City yesterday. EDD GUMBAN

By Sheila Crisostomo The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – After being accused of operating a prostitution ring victimizing distressed Filipina workers in Jordan, former labor attaché Mario Antonio showed up yesterday to deny the accusation and made an appeal that he not be judged. “I vehemently deny the accusations being hurled against me. This has been gravely affecting me and my family so I decided Read More …

OFWs in the Middle East (File Photo)

Source: The Daily Tribune ‘Sex for fly’ victims surface Alleged victims of the “sex for fly” scandal rocking Middle Eastern diplomatic posts of the country had surfaced to recount their harrowing ordeals in the hands of embassy officials including sexual offenses and organized white slavery in exchange for their return trip home. Four Filipinas who sought shelter with the country’s embassies abroad met with Foreign Read More …

Royal Marines practice their drill using a Browning heavy machine gun on the deck of HMS Ocean as it travels through the Persian Gulf. (AFP Photo)

SOURCE: RT.COM The UK army is planning to build up a strong “shadow presence” in the Gulf, marking a return to the seat of its old imperial power, a UK think tank said. The Arab Spring and security fears over a nuclear Iran are among the reasons for the move. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) published a report titled ‘A Return to East of Read More …

China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing May 6, 2013 (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Xi Jinping’s recent visit with Israeli and Palestinian leaders says as much about the United States as it does about China. By Matt Schiavenza  The Atlantic Solving the Israel/Palestine crisis has long been the holy grail of American foreign policy — an elusive goal that each successive president has strived to achieve. Like moths to a flame, American presidents cannot resist the temptation to solve Read More …

Family members and friends in Norfolk, Va., welcome home the USS Enterprise after its 25th and final deployment, along with the 5,500 sailors and Marines who spent nearly eight months at sea. The Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. (Associated Press)

By Kristina Wong The Washington Times Sailors and Marines serving on aircraft carriers can expect long deployments for the next few years because of ongoing crises in the Middle East and a shrinking number of carriers available for duty. The venerable USS Enterprise, commissioned in 1961 as the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was deactivated last month, and the USS Abraham Lincoln is undergoing a Read More …

US President Barack Obama (centre), flanked by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, poses with other East Asia Summit leaders before a gala dinner in Bali. (Image Credit: Reuters)

Beyond Iran, the volatile situation throughout the Middle East urgently demands solutions By Javier Solana | Special to Gulf News  Gulf News The Pacific or the Middle East? For the United States, that is now the primary strategic question. The violence in Gaza, coming as President Barack Obama was meeting Asia’s leaders in Phnom Penh, perfectly encapsulates America’s dilemma. Instead of being able to focus Read More …

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Matthew Hulbert, Contributor Forbes ‘Stick or twist’ sums up the changes of political power in America and China in November 2012. President Obama won another four year term in Washington, while Xi Jinping assumed stewardship of China. This intricate ‘Chimerican’ relationship is fundamental to the global outlook anywhere you care to look, and nowhere more so than the Middle East. External security provision is still Read More …