Selected Articles: Trump’s “Diplomatic Getaway”: From the Middle East to Europe

President Donald Trump has concluded his eight-day trip to four countries that started in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and ended in Belgium attending the NATO and G7 Summits. In this first set of trips as President of the United States, aside from fueling roadmaps towards global militarization and hegemonization, what else did he get from his ‘diplomatic’ getaway?

It was time to do the Zionist boogie within a mere period of 27 hours, and anyone wishing to see two muggers of history enjoying each other’s company found themselves peering at Donald Trump of the United States, and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, nearly arm in arm on the recent tilt in US policy. “We understand each other,” effused the Israeli leader, “and so much of the things that we wish to accomplish for both our countries.” (Dr. Binoy Kampmark)

Barging Through NATO: Donald Trump in Europe

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, May 29, 2017

From his big white bird did the President descend upon his dreading European hosts, looking much like natives waiting to be slaughtered or ravished. As Donald Trump pushed his way through NATO members (the Montenegrin prime minister, for one, felt his forceful shove), representatives shot glances of discomfort and bemusement. In a refreshing blast of brutishness, the Ugly American, made flesh in the incarnation of Trump, was explaining, even hectoring Washington’s allies.

An Unholy Alliance? Trump, Israel and Saudi Arabia – Targeting Iran

By Chandra Muzaffar, May 29, 2017

From Trump’s words and gestures in Israel it is obvious that he is working towards a solution that will see Palestinians subsisting in Bantustans with the whole of Jerusalem firmly in Israel’s control, reinforced by settler communities in the West Bank exercising jurisdiction over its water resources. Palestinian agents of Israel and the US will be enticed into accepting this arrangement which in turn will be endorsed by a number of other Arab and Muslim governments keen on pleasing Washington for their own interests.

Trump’s Visit to Israel: Prospects for Peace and Justice in the Middle East

By Michael Welch, Richard Silverstein, and Richard Falk, May 27, 2017

Beleaguered by ongoing accusations of being a Kremlin agent, protests, and calls for his impeachment, President Trump has finally seen fit to embark on a multi-state visit abroad.

Trump’s ‘Historic’ Visit to the Middle East: Much Ado About Nothing

By Prof. Alon Ben-Meir, May 26, 2017

Sadly, President Trump’s visit to the Middle East only confirmed my skepticism about what might come out of it. Trump went to the region with nothing to offer to mitigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and received no commitment from either Israeli or Palestinian leaders to resume the peace negotiations in earnest, but he received lots of platitudes and empty good-will gestures.

Twenty-Seven Hours: Donald Trump in Israel

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, May 24, 2017

Any Trump promise comes with hazards, the most notable of which is flipping rapid change. It soon became clear, even within the short time the president was going to spend in Israel, that dangerous, even scandalous excitement was looming.

The Riyadh Declaration of Escalated Regional Wars, A Statement of Mass Deception

By Stephen Lendman, May 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Israel and America’s regional presence constitute the epicenter of regional and global state terrorism – supporting its scourge, not combating it.

Trumped Up Diplomacy in the Middle East

By Richard Falk, May 23, 2017

Most remarkably, the U.S. Government has for decades winked at the billions of support given by Saudi members of the royal family to Wahhabism, that is, to promote fundamentalist Islam, throughout the Muslim world. The first words uttered by Trump on his arrival in Riyadh were that it is ‘an honor’ to be visiting.

Video: Hassan Nasrallah on Donald Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and the Riyadh Declaration. “It Wasn’t a Summit”  

By Hassan Nasrallah, May 29, 2017

The summit between the United States and the Gulf countries was nothing but a meeting of courtesy, a presentation, a ceremony. The (alleged) US-Arab-Islamic summit, bringing together 55 or 56 countries, was but a standing ovation to President Trump, and it was not a summit or conference. There were no preparatory committees, no material distributed to participants, no preliminary meeting of foreign ministries or ministries of defense…, neither draft declaration, nor debate, nor negotiations, nor exchanges, nor nothing all.

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