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United States

Andrew Hammond

Commentary: Europe bursts out of its Brexit blues

Sep 07 2017

These are unexpectedly good times for the European Union. More than a year after Britons voted to withdraw from the organization, the euro has hit eight-year highs against the pound, eurozone economies have recorded improved growth and voters have rejected far-right populists in France and the Netherlands.

Commentary: The elephant in the room at the NAFTA talks

Aug 21 2017

The first round of long-awaited talks on modernizing NAFTA finished Sunday, with Canada, Mexico and the United States issuing a statement that they had made “detailed conceptual presentations “ of their positions. Negotiators from the three countries will meet again in Mexico on September 1 to continue trying to revise the trade pact. But while all say they are keen to see a new deal emerge, they still have to navigate the political risks attached to any commercial agreement.

Commentary: Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ over North Korea hurts his Asia allies

Aug 11 2017

Rex Tillerson has had to make several tricky diplomatic tours since becoming U.S. secretary of state. He wrapped up his latest, this time to Southeast Asia, on Wednesday. With stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia, Tillerson’s goal was to assure regional leaders that the Trump administration cares about this strategically important area which - if massed collectively - has the sixth largest economy in the world.

Commentary: Trade. North Korea. Iran. The dangers awaiting Trump

Nov 14 2016

Barack Obama met with Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Thursday following his spectacular election upset on November 8. While the president-elect promptly promised to “put America’s interests first, but deal fairly with everyone”, many U.S. allies are nervous about what his win will mean for U.S. policy. That means he now has to begin a major campaign of re-assurance, and prepare for a host of challenges in a world full of potential danger. 

Moroccan road film subverts Hollywood stereotypes

Dec 21 2012

DUBAI When director John Slattery first visited Morocco, the familiarity was jarring - and as removed from the images of an exotic Orient conjured up by Hollywood as possible.

Israeli Arab wrestles with grief, guilt in suicide bomb film

Dec 20 2012

DUBAI When Universal Studios took a disliking to the script for Ziad Doueiri's Israeli-Palestinian suicide bombing drama, the Lebanese director thought his career was over.

Israeli Arab wrestles with grief, guilt in suicide bomb film

Dec 20 2012

DUBAI When Universal Studios took a disliking to the script for Ziad Doueiri's Israeli-Palestinian suicide bombing drama, the Lebanese director thought his career was over.

Morocco opposition says monarchy still calls the shots

Dec 10 2012

RABAT Reforms that took the wind out of Arab Spring protests in Morocco last year have proven hollow and real power still lies with King Mohammed and his advisors, the north African country's main opposition group said.

MIDEAST DEBT-Morocco under pressure to plug budget gap, avert more protests

Dec 05 2012

RABAT, Dec 5 Almost every day without fail, hundreds of unemployed graduates storm through downtown Rabat calling for the government to fall. La st month, they went a step further, crossing a red line by targeting their anger at the royal family's spending.

Brotherhood cannot dominate post-Assad Syria: deputy leader

Nov 15 2012

DOHA The Muslim Brotherhood has no intention of monopolizing the revolt in Syria, the group's deputy leader said, despite fears its close ties with Qatar and Turkey would help it eventually impose a Sunni-dominated government based on sharia law.

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