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Mideast allies crave leadership from US – Boston Globe

Seemingly everywhere he turns these days, President Obama is facing criticism of his foreign policy leadership. And the critics aren’t the usual suspects — Russia, China or the Castro brothers — but some of America’s very best friends. NATO allies, led by Germany, are furious over the Snowden allegations. Israeli leaders, backed ironically by the […]

Arab League to Convene Emergency Meeting on Mideast WMD-Free Zone – National Journal

WASHINGTON — The League of Arab States is convening an emergency meeting this Sunday to coordinate a consensus position for upcoming talks about eliminating weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East. The urgent gathering comes amid reports that modest progress was achieved last month during multilateral consultations in Switzerland that included representatives from Israel, […]

Saudis reject Security Council seat, angry over Mideast inaction – Reuters

By Angus McDowall RIYADH | Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:50pm EDT RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council on Friday in a rare display of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues. […]

Saudi Arabia, angered over Mideast, declines Security Council seat – Reuters

By Angus McDowall RIYADH | Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:58am EDT RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues, said on Friday it would not take up its seat on the United […]

Analysis: Awash in oil, US reshapes Mideast role 40 years after OPEC embargo – Reuters

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 3:27pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Forty years after an Arab oil embargo throttled the U.S. economy, surging North American energy production has brought the United States closer to a long-dreamed “energy independence” that is reshaping its goals and role in the Middle East. On October 17, […]

Ban Ki-moon appoints Dutch Mideast expert Sigrid Kaag to lead Syria chemical … – Chattanooga Times Free Press

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Dutch Mideast expert Sigrid Kaag on Wednesday to lead the team charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons and announced stepped up efforts to hold […]

US still vulnerable to Mid East oil price shocks – Midland Reporter-Telegram

WASHINGTON — Forty years after the start of the OPEC oil embargo left the U.S. with iconic images of gas lines, America is still susceptible to price shocks stemming from decisions made on the other side of the world, according to a report issued Tuesday. In the 52-page policy paper, former high-ranking military officers, cabinet […]

The Turkey-China Alliance against the US – National Review Online (blog)

The Turkey-China Alliance against the US – National Review Online (blog)}

UN taps Dutch Mideast expert Sigrid Kaag to lead mission to destroy Syria’s … – Fox News

UNITED NATIONS –  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Dutch Mideast expert Sigrid Kaag on Wednesday to lead the team charged with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons and announced stepped up efforts to hold a peace conference on Syria in mid-November. The U.N. chief appeared with Kaag shortly after U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky announced her appointment and the […]

Turkey missile deal shows China’s growing Mideast clout – Reuters

By Peter Apps LONDON | Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:34am EDT LONDON (Reuters) – China’s likely sale of sophisticated missiles to Turkey over the objections of its NATO allies might have angered Washington and other capitals, but it should not have been a surprise. Even as the U.S. has spent billions of dollars and lost […]