Trump mulls ex-senator Jim Webb, opponent of Middle East wars, as Mattis replacement – reports

The Trump administration is reportedly considering Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator opposed to the Iraq war who served as Navy secretary under Reagan, to replace Jim Mattis as Defense Secretary on a permanent basis. The one-term Virginia senator, an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq who briefly ran in 2016’s Democratic primary but […]

21st Century Fox’s Lachlan Murdoch mulls buying back regional sports networks from Disney

21st Century Fox Twenty-First Century Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch said it is still an “open question” whether the company will buy back the regional sports networks it sold to Walt Disney for $ 71 billion. Murdoch, who will become CEO of the remaining company “New Fox,” said the company “will be inquisitive” in looking […]

Washington hails productive Kim-Pompeo talks, mulls new Trump-Kim summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has held “productive discussions” with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, the State Department said in a statement following the two-hour meeting. The sides particularly “discussed the upcoming second summit between President [Donald] Trump and Chairman Kim [Jong-un] and refined options for the location and date of that next […]

‘The CIA is listening & may kill me’: Duterte mulls ditching his smartphone

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is thinking of dumping his smartphone over fears that the CIA is constantly eavesdropping on his conversations and might use his private information to eventually assassinate him. “I know, the US is listening. I’m sure it’s the CIA, it’s also the one who will kill me,” Duterte said in Cebu City […]

Germany Mulls Nuclear Weapon Capabilities in Trump Era

An idea that was once unthinkable is, in the age of Trump, now beginning to seem like a sensible policy option: Should Germany acquire a nuclear bomb? The answer is yes, according to Christian Hacke, one of Germany’s most distinguished political scientists. In an article for Die Welt am Sonntag in July, he said Germany […]

As China mulls its response to Donald Trump’s tariffs, cool heads are prevailing, for now

The serried ranks FOR now, at least, when speaking of the trade dispute with America, China’s government is taking a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone. That helps explain the Chinese public’s surprisingly measured views of Donald Trump, and gives the Chinese government some breathing room to consider its options. The state media have so far taken the high […]

‘Syria gases own people just as Trump mulls withdrawal?’ Journalists question Douma ‘chem attack’

Not everybody is buying into reports of a chemical attack by Syria’s government in Douma, with online critics saying the claims conveniently coincide with Donald Trump’s plans to leave Syria and the withdrawal of Ghouta militants. Anti-government activists, including the notorious White Helmets civil defense group, on Saturday blamed the Syrian authorities of using chemical […]

Duma mulls sanctions against Latvia over new law targeting Russian in schools

The Russian lower house has passed a statement decrying as “inadmissible” the Latvian ban on teaching in minorities’ languages in schools. The statement also warns Riga of potential reciprocal economic sanctions. The statement approved by the State Duma on Tuesday reads that the Latvian authorities’ actions contradicted the mutual respect, understanding and cooperation between all […]

Donald Trump mulls restrictions on steel and aluminium imports

TEN months ago the Trump administration took aim at steel and aluminium imports, giving itself a year to decide whether they threatened national security and, if so, what to do about it. On February 16th it concluded that America is indeed under threat. The president has until mid-April to choose whether to respond. The reports […]

OPEC mulls a long-term alliance with Russia to keep oil prices stable

OIL bears beware. On February 20th Suhail al-Mazrouei, OPEC’s rotating president and energy minister of the United Arab Emirates, said the 14-member producers’ group is working on a plan for a formal alliance with ten other petrostates, including Russia, aimed at propping up oil prices for the foreseeable future. If it comes to anything, it […]