Russia’s Reading on What’s at Stake in Qatar Crisis

Russia’s Reading on What’s at Stake in Qatar Crisis

The diplomatic row around Qatar that is flaring up into something more serious caught many in Russia by surprise. Although disсontent with a number of Doha’s activities has been smoldering in the region for a while, it didn’t appear on most Russian experts’ radar screens largely because Russia didn’t expect the rivalry for Gulf Cooperation…

Qatar Crisis: Coup Attempts, the Politics of Revenge and the Dream of Becoming King

Qatar Crisis: Coup Attempts, the Politics of Revenge and the Dream of Becoming King

“It’s difficult to see how things won’t get any worse; it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.” That was the stark warning given to me by a senior official from the Middle East who was sent by his country’s leader to try and mediate between Qatar and Saudi Arabia last…

NATO’s Military Frontier – and Fake Stories

NATO’s Military Frontier – and Fake Stories

In an examination in the New Yorker of the career and prospects of the US Secretary of Defence, General James Mattis, Dexter Filkins, a highly respected Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, noted President Trump’s attitude to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its military posture, and wrote that «along NATO’s eastern frontier the Russian military maintain[s] tens of thousands of troops,…

The Arab Struggle Against Bigotry

The Arab Struggle Against Bigotry

President Donald Trump has twice tried to institute a travel ban on all refugees from six or seven Muslim-majority countries. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” slated to last “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” His Muslim ban…

The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War

The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War

Experts all across the world are trying to figure out what’s really fueling the Qatari-Saudi Cold War, but the answer is simple – the US. As it’s always prone to do, Washington is masterfully playing a game of divide and conquer in the Mideast, doing the same thing to its Gulf allies as it did…