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Donald Trump's Dangerous Love Affair with Saudi Arabia and Its Impact on Mideast Security
By William D. Hartung
Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, Washington. D.C.
Published December 2017 by the Center for Middle East Studies' Occasional Paper Series.
The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States shocked the world. The contrast between his worldview and that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, could not have been starker. The global forces of authoritarianism were given a huge boost by this turn of events while supporters of democracy and human rights were left demoralized and disillusioned. Among the governments that openly celebrated the 2016 presidential result, one country stands out — the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this paper, William Hartung explores this topic with historical depth, clarity, and sophistication. The prognosis he lays out is not positive for the region, notwithstanding the opposite view by some influential voices in the U.S. foreign policy establishment such as Thomas Friedman.
Pope Francis prays for persecuted Muslims, calls for bridges not walls
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, marking the Catholic Church’s International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, Pope Francis asked the thousands gathered in Rome for his weekly audience to remember the Rohingya Muslim minority being persecuted in Myanmar. “They are driven out of Myanmar, going from one place to another because they’re not wanted. They’re good people, peaceful! They aren’t Christians, they’re good [people]. They’re brothers and sisters of ours.”
U.S. Franciscans Speak Out on Immigration Ban
Feb. 1, 2017: The leadership of the U.S. Franciscans issued a statement against the president's travel ban. They said: "The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide-ranging group of citizens across the United States, As Franciscans, we are morally outraged by and resolutely denounce the January 27, 2017, executive order addressing the U.S. immigrant and refugee admission program.
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