The United States is pursuing aggressive policies in the Asia-Pacific region under the guise of “freedom of navigation” exercises but this strategy will backfire as China increases its hold on the South China Sea, says Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.
Bahrain has been the scene of anti-regime protests since 2011. People in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom have so far held peaceful demonstrations and called on the country’s authorities to meet their legitimate demands. They expect the ruling Al Khalifa family to respect their basic rights and release political prisoners without any preconditions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s support for Syria in its battle against terror, stressing that certain regional supporters of terrorism will eventually see a backlash from their approach.
Double-standard policies of the US regarding terrorist groups continue to take its toll. ISIL terrorist group operating both in Syria and Iraq has released a new video showing the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. The Sotloff footage came days after a video last month which showed James Foley, another American reporter, being killed by ISIL. ISIL also threatened to kill a British hostage who was also shown in the latest video.