Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) looks on as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a meeting at the Plaza Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER

Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

The Trump administration is in discussions about the formation of a regional Arab security alliance with Israel as a counterbalance to Iran's influence in the Middle East, according to Arab officials. The alliance would include Egypt and Jordan, both of whom recognise and have peace treaties with Israel, as well as Saudi Arabia and the … Continue reading Arab States Considering Alliance with Israel to Curb Iranian Influence

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Palestinians run as smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israel’s Escalating Attacks on Gaza may be Prelude to ‘Wide-Scale’ Offensive

Al Mezan Center for Human rights, Feb 7, reports on intensified Israeli attacks on Gaza and calls on the international community to stop a possible new invasion: “Acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched is crucial to ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.” Yesterday, the Israeli military launched airstrikes and … Continue reading Israel’s Escalating Attacks on Gaza may be Prelude to ‘Wide-Scale’ Offensive

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Israel’s Iron Dome Intercepts 3 Missiles Fired from Egypt

Israel intercepted three missiles fired from across the Egyptian border, towards the coastal city of Eilat, shortly after launching a response to mortar landing in the Golan Heights from across the Syrian border.  An IDF spokesperson confirmed that at least four missiles were fired in the direction of Israel’s southernmost city Eilat, from the direction of … Continue reading Israel’s Iron Dome Intercepts 3 Missiles Fired from Egypt

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Middle East: Rapid Tectonic Changes on Regional Chessboard

The Middle East geopolitical scenarios are going through rapid changes with new factors emerging on the regional chessboard. Cairo’s foreign policy has been given a new twist. It has been announced recently that Egypt is set to receive one million barrels of petroleum per day from Iraq. Saudi Arabia had informed Egypt that shipments of oil products expected under a $23 … Continue reading Middle East: Rapid Tectonic Changes on Regional Chessboard

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New Hillary Emails Reveal Propaganda, Executions, Coveting Libyan Oil and Gold

New Emails Expose Hillary’s Dirty War in Libya The New Year’s Eve release of over 3000 new Hillary Clinton emails from the State Department has CNN abuzz over gossipy text messages, the “who gets to ride with Hillary” selection process set up by her staff, and how a “cute” Hillary photo fared on Facebook. But … Continue reading New Hillary Emails Reveal Propaganda, Executions, Coveting Libyan Oil and Gold

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attends the second day of the 136th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in Riyadh, on December 10, 2015 as kings and emirs from six Gulf states began two days of talks, at the same time as unprecedented discussions by the Syrian opposition at a luxury hotel in another part of the city. Salman called for political solutions to the wars in Syria and Yemen, while condemning "terrorism," at the opening of the annual Gulf summit. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Think that 2016 was a Tough Year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till You See 2017

The year 2016 was not a good one for Saudi Arabia. Sharply lower oil prices sparked a domestic financial crisis that is forcing the country to restructure its economy. Saudi Arabia’s bitter struggle with Iran for regional hegemony has embroiled it in wars and political conflicts it has been unable to win, leaving it no … Continue reading Think that 2016 was a Tough Year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till You See 2017

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There will be no Partition of Syria

East Aleppo is liberated, and regime-change has lost its luster. It's no surprise Syria’s foes are ready to promote the next big goal: partition. Like most Syrian conflict predictions, of which few have materialized, the ‘partition’ of Syria is not going to happen. In February, when East Aleppo was still bulging with Western-trained, Al Qaeda-allied … Continue reading There will be no Partition of Syria

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Egyptian Police Arrest Five People for Using Children to Stage Fake ‘Aleppo’ Footage

Five people in Port Said allegedly making fake videos purporting to show the wreckage of air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been arrested, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said. The videographer, his assistants and the parents of two children who appear in the footage were detained after police managed to trail the … Continue reading Egyptian Police Arrest Five People for Using Children to Stage Fake ‘Aleppo’ Footage

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Cairo & Riyadh Standoff – Political Displacement and the New Axis of Resistance

Just when you thought the MENA region could not churn out any more crises... This time two giants are locking horns over conflicting geopolitical ambitions, or rather, Saudi Arabia might have overstepped one boundary too many against Egypt. With so many eyes locked in on Aleppo, much of Cairo and Riyadh’s belligerent political foreplay has … Continue reading Cairo & Riyadh Standoff – Political Displacement and the New Axis of Resistance