Middle East

[OP-ED]: On North Korea, hope is not a strategy

 07/11/2017 - 15:46
Kim Jong Un is a young man but has been highly effective at preserving his authority. He has secured the support of the military and sidelined or killed anyone who threatened his grip on power -- including his uncle and, allegedly, his half-brother. EFE

In Washington, there is a conventional wisdom on North Korea that spans both parties and much of elite opinion. It goes roughly like this: North Korea is the world’s most bizarre country, run by a crackpot dictator with a strange haircut. He is unpredictable and irrational and cannot be negotiated with. Eventually this weird and cruel regime will collapse. Meanwhile, the only solution is more and more pressure. But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong?

[OP-ED]: Trump stumbles into another decade of war in the Middle East

 06/27/2017 - 09:39
During the campaign, Trump seemed to be genuinely reflective about America’s role in the Middle East. “This is not usually me talking, OK, ‘cause I’m very proactive,” he once said on the subject. EFE

While we have been focused on the results of special elections, the ups and downs of the Russia investigation, and President Trump’s latest tweets, under the radar, a broad and consequential shift in American foreign policy appears to be underway. Put simply, the United States is stumbling its way into another decade of war in the greater Middle East. And this next decade of conflict might prove to be even more destabilizing than the last one.

Pura Vida: A Pan-Latin paradise in Northern Liberties

 06/07/2017 - 19:39
Charles Álvarez, Pura Vida, Philadelphia Latino Food Revolution

When it comes to food, Philadelphia has little to envy to cities like New York. The culinary scene here is a reflection of the demographic explosion in which Latino immigrants have played a revolutionary role. With this article, AL DÍA News presents the series "Latino Food Revolution", a recognition to a social, cultural and economic phenomenom that creates employment and wealth in the city of brotherly love. 

Plain Text Author: 
Eli Siegel - Especial para AL DÍA News

Pura Vida: un paraíso latinoamericano en Northern Liberties

 06/07/2017 - 19:30
Charles Álvarez, Pura Vida, Philadelphia Latino Food Revolution

Cuando se trata de comida, Filadelfia tiene muy poco que envidiarle a ciudades como Nueva York. La escena culinaria de la ciudad es un reflejo de la explosión demográfica en la que el inmigrante latino ha desempeñado un papel, más que protagónico, revolucionario. Con este artículo, AL DÍA News presenta la serie "Latino Food Revolution", un reconocimiento a un fenómeno social, cultural y económico que crea empleo y riqueza en la ciudad del amor fraternal.

Plain Text Author: 
Eli Siegel - Especial para AL DÍA News

[OP-ED]: How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump

 05/30/2017 - 17:12
Leaked German intelligence reports show that charities “closely connected with government offices” of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait are funding mosques, schools and imams to disseminate a fundamentalist, intolerant version of Islam throughout Germany. EFE

This week’s bombing in Manchester was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamic terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it. In fact, Trump has given Saudi Arabia a free pass and a free hand in the region.

Plain Text Author: 
Fareed Zakaria

Suicide Attack on Ariana Grande Concert Kills 22 in Manchester, U.K.

 05/23/2017 - 04:45
The Manchester police suspect terrorism after a deadly explosion at an arena in Manchester, where the American pop star Ariana Grande had been performing.  GOODMAN/LNP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/AP

The Manchester police suspect terrorism after a deadly explosion at an arena in Manchester, where the American pop star Ariana Grande had been performing. Children are among the 22 dead, and at least 59 people were injured when an explosion ripped into the crowd made basically by teenager fans.

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Orient Express: Trump travels to Israel to discuss peace process

 05/22/2017 - 05:49
The US Air Force One carrying US President Donald J. Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump approaches Ben Gurion Airport, in Lod outside Tel Aviv, Israel, May 22, 2017. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

US President will tour Tel Aviv and Jerusalem today, after a weekend in Ryadh, prioritizing trade deals over human rights concerns. During his visit to Israel, Trump is expected to meet prime minister with Benjamin Netanyahu and later with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to discuss an eternal goal: an "ultimate peace deal."

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[OP-ED]: Trump’s stock boom -- illusion or reality?

 04/25/2017 - 10:10
Stock valuations are tricky. With hindsight, the market can stay above or below levels reflecting economic fundamentals for long stretches. Whatever the case today, stocks are nowhere near the absurd heights of the “tech bubble” at the turn of the century. EFE

The last thing President Trump now needs is for the stock market to go south on him. After all, he’s got worries aplenty: abroad, North Korea, Syria, Russia and Brexit; at home, the stalled effort to repeal Obamacare; and uncertainty surrounding “tax reform.” Compared with this tapestry of troubles, the stock market has been a splendid blessing.

Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson