Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud waits to greet US President Donald Trump as he arrives to attend a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

Influence-Rich Saudis Blow Through Sunni Unity

Less than a month after hosting US President Donald Trump and 50 Muslim leaders, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's alliance of Sunni states is in tatters, squandered on a vendetta. The Saudis' self-inflicted damage comes as tensions with its arch nemesis Iran are becoming more dangerous than ever. Support in the United States for the kingdom …

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China's COSCO shipping has suspended services to Qatar after several Arab countries severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state. Photo: Reuters

Blood on the Tracks of the New Silk Roads

China’s cardinal foreign policy imperative is to refrain from interfering abroad while advancing the proverbial good relations with key political actors – even when they may be at each other’s throats. Still, it’s nothing but gut-wrenching for Beijing to watch the current, unpredictable, Saudi-Qatari standoff. There’s no endgame in sight, as plausible scenarios include even …

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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 …

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Qatar Hits Back as Saudi, Egypt, UAE Cut Diplomatic, Transport Ties

Qatar has slammed the decision of three Gulf states, Egypt and the Maldives to sever ties with it on Monday, saying they were "unjustified" and aimed to put Doha under political "guardianship" as Turkey called for dialogue. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut their ties with Qatar and expelled the Gulf …

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Skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. © Patrick Baz / AFP

Arab League Nations v Qatar: How It All Started

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Riyadh also accused Qatar of supporting Iranian-backed militants. Alleged major hack The decision to cut ties with Doha comes just weeks after comments published by the website of Qatar's state-run QNA news agency – …

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‘Terrorism, Meddling in Affairs’: Arab Countries Cut Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of backing terrorist groups. Qatar has called the move a "campaign of incitement" which is "based on lies." https://cdn.rt.com/files/2017.06/5934fa7fc36188c6408b45be.mp4 Bahrain announced early Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with neighboring Qatar and cutting air and …

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100 Years Later, the West has Authored a New Balfour Declaration for the Balkans

In 1917, a British aristocrat promised Arab land to European Zionists. The results have been catastrophic. Today, western elites are promising Orthodox Christian lands in the Balkans to Albanians who all ready occupy part of Serbia thanks to NATO. The results will be equally disastrous. The illegal 1999 NATO war on Yugoslavia caused two parallel …

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Saudi King Salman (L) chatting with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. © AFP

Qatar-Saudi Spat Threatens Riyadh’s Influence. But What are the Saudis Really Worried About?

Saudi Arabia’s move to use its influence among other Muslim countries to threaten Iran appears to be backfiring as Qatar now reveals an entirely new plan, a third way for the entire region. Oops, Qatar did it again. It dared to think. Recently, this tiny energy-rich nation, a small island perched on the edge of …

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