Kerry’s tour of Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) meets US military personnel on a tour of a base in Bahrain, April 7, 2016. ©AFP

These are some the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:


Kerry visits Bahrain

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Bahrain this past Friday during a tour to the region that later took him to Iraq and Afghanistan as well. While in Bahrain, he praised the tiny Persian Gulf state for what he described its seriousness with which it pushed human rights.


Yemen war

There is still no end to the crisis in Yemen.  And Saudi Arabia is still blamed for the plight of millions and the devastation of the country. Riyadh is specifically facing growing criticisms given that the situation in Yemen started to get worse after Riyadh ordered a deadly military interference in the country. And in light of this chaos, it is the world’s most dangerous terrorist group – the AQAP – which has not only remained unharmed but became stronger and even richer.  This should be specifically bad news for the White House.


Cameron and Panama Papers

It’s been a very bad week for UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Leaked documents from a Panama-based law firm say Cameron was involved in an offshore trust fund through his late father. The headlines are all about Baltimore Holdings, incorporated in Panama but based in the Bahamas. According to the so-called Panama Papers, Cameron’s father is one the founders of the trust. The fund was established in 1982 in order to avoid extra taxes. And Cameron did exactly that: he avoided paying taxes on the profits of shares that he owned there.


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