China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism


by James M. Dorsey Steep commercial terms for China’s investment in infrastructure projects across Eurasia related to its Belt and Road initiative may give it control of key ports and other assets as recipients of Beijing’s largess find themselves trapped… Continue Reading  

Is Mike Pompeo as Islamophobic as His Spiritual Adviser?


by Eli Clifton An examination by LobeLog of statements and studies by Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo’s “spiritual adviser” reveals a deeply ingrained anti-Muslim theology coupled with a conviction that U.S. military engagement overseas is justified by nothing less than… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Appointment Bodes Ill for the Middle East


by Emile Nakhleh Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure and his replacement—current CIA director Mike Pompeo—will not move the Middle East to a better place. Nor will the possible elevation of the current deputy director of the CIA Gina Haspel… Continue Reading  

Pompeo: Springtime for Irano/Islamophobes


by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton “Great news for the Republic!” tweeted Sebastian Gorka, on hearing the news that CIA Director Mike Pompeo is replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Gorka, who was forced to resign from his position as… Continue Reading  

Lebanon: Saad Hariri’s Impossible Choice


by Aurélie Daher One could say: “What a difference!” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is back in Riyadh this week, for the first time since he announced from the Saudi capital his canceled-two-weeks-later “resignation” last November. So far, things look… Continue Reading