Connect with us

Daily Brief

The Daily Brief: Saudi Crown Prince Announces His Hope for A “Special Relationship” With Long Time Foe Iran

Story Headline: In an interview with Al Arabiya TV, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sat down to talk about his hopes for future strategic partnerships with many nations to push the world towards propriety

Published

on

Saudi Crown Prince Announces His Hope for A Special Relationship With Long Time Foe Iran

Summary: 

  • This Tuesday, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sat down with Al Arabiya TV and announced his hopes for eventual “good” relations with long time nemesis Iran. 
  • Both nations have quarreled with one another for years, as relations particularly worsened over the last decade over regional disputes and religious differences which led to severed connection back in 2016 after the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia sparked violent protests by Iran. 
  • The Crown Prince stated during the broadcast that Saudi “aspire[s] for a good and special relationship with Iran” and stated that Iran is key to pushing “the region and the world towards propriety.” 
  • Statements that were made heavily contradicted Mohammed Bin Salman’s previous sentiments about Iran, most of which were filled with accusational claims that Tehran fueled regional disparity. 
  • Saudi Arabia’s change of heart comes after the speculation of alleged rekindling of the nations in Baghdad, although it is still unclear whether the two had talks. 
  • The statements made also come amidst US President Joe Biden’s ongoing attempts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal dropped under former President Donald Trump. The Prince went on to say that they were “more than 90 percent in agreement with the Biden administration when it comes to Saudi and U.S. interests” and were “working to strengthen these interests.” 
  • The Biden Administration had planned on reinforcing partnership with Saudi Arabia despite a recently released murder report in which the Crown Prince was alleged to be involved with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The Prince added “There is no doubt that the United States is a strategic partner.” 
  • The Crown Prince also stated that Saudi Arabia was also building strategic partnerships with China, Russia, and India. 

Tweets

Sources

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42008809

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/28/mbs-us-and-riyadh-strategic-partners-with-few-differences

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/saudi-crown-prince-only-few-differences-biden-administration-n1265582

https://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-prince-strikes-conciliatory-tone-with-rival-iran-after-secret-talks/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56913398

Other Headlines:

Fire in an Illegal Riga Hostel Takes the Lives of Nine Individuals 

qxj1SsWNh5Jz4QqVb5SwfBIdlQhqbJRn18erQE1v6tga00Xd6ekVDgSrJQqX0yAw9GS gxE6p4SMWqPFHvkY9 PuC0k cE Tv9P bLug6Jo xSS1ubZnR4o4lCTIDo4pAiuhP MC
David Holt, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • An illegal hostel in the Latvian capital, Riga, caught fire early Wednesday and took the lives of at least eight individuals.
  • The hostel was said to be a private apartment not equipped to function as a multiple person lodging area and was not allowing firefighters to conduct routine safety checks since January.
  • Along with the eight who passed, 24 others were evacuated from the building of which nine were injured and six of them were hospitalized due to burns and smoke inhalation.
  • Riga Mayor Martins Stakis said in a tweet “the burned building was dominated by foreigners, most likely foreign students, who used the hostel’s services.”
  • Tweets

President Joe Biden’s First 100 Days Near an End as He Announces Another Economic Package

kMBO6Y7ZD9o9hQsGG7nBpXbXrrlsbacD2RqVGV8RCGDxVgKvK t5quEjibtmsHh1wrLSQeFQ8B5kHTVG81SWaCxFChN2xmwiruw6tibyVfCtAlHBQJU2pmhI Zi4nZw1wn3fLUa
Michael Stokes, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • On the eve of his 100th day as President, Joe Biden enjoys a 53.1% approval rating from the American public.
  • President Biden announced a $1.8 trillion plan that hopes to expand education and child care services by having free community college for all and federally financed universal prekindergarten for all.
  • President Biden’s “family plan” and along with his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package is said to be funded by additional taxes on high earners.
  • This initial approval is dubious as most United States presidents do not experience the same comfort on day 1,461, their final day of their first term.
  • However, President Biden is receiving support from all corners of the democratic party as US House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “The Biden administration and President Biden have definitely exceeded expectations that progressives had, I think a lot of us expected a much more conservative administration.”
  • Tweets:

Northern Ireland First Minister Resigns

  • Arlene Foster has announced that she will resign as Northern Ireland’s First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after the majority of legislators from her party signed a letter of no confidence regarding her leadership.
  • She received criticism for her handling of the aftermath of Brexit, which created trade barriers with the rest of the UK, angering many.
  • Violent protests a few weeks in Northern Ireland were a result of dissatisfaction towards post-Brexit trade rules and economic tensions. Many blame Foster for her lack of opposition to the new agreements.

Tweets:

Prime Minister Johnson’s Apartment Renovations under Investigation

Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers %28Gymnich%29. Round table Boris Johnson %2836913612672%29 %28cropped%29
EU2017EE Estonian Presidency, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
  • The United Kingdom’s Electoral Commission is launching a formal investigation into renovations of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s apartment, which are believed to be funded illegally.
  • The former chief advisor of the Prime Minister, Dominic Cummings, alleged that the renovations were intended to be paid for by donors of the Conservative Party. The funds would need to have been disclosed and within the legal amount.
  • Prime Minister Johnson stated that he paid for the renovations himself, but there is still uncertainty as to who paid the initial bill. He is currently facing other charges of unethical behaviour.

Tweets:

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Daily Brief

Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

Published

on

Salman Rushdie 2014
  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

Published

on

800px Nancy Pelosi 47998984512
  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

Published

on

Odesa pristav
  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

Published

on

US Stock Market Investing in the United States
  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

Published

on

North Koreas ballistic missile North Korea Victory Day 2013 01
  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Daily Brief

Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

Published

on

Black Sea port of Theodosiya panoramio
  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

Continue Reading

Recent Comments

Articles