Jerusalem in My Heart

Jerusalem is first of all a symbol, and a potent one; the American recognition of Jewish sovereignty over the Holy City is a sign of the final Jewish victory over Christianity, and it is to be deeply regretted. Richard Coeur de Lion and Tancred would not understand this surrender of the city they fought for, …

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Mohammed Bin Salman’s Ill-Advised Ventures Have Weakened Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia is the undoubted Middle East man of the year, but his great impact stems more from his failures than his successes. He is accused of being Machiavellian in clearing his way to the throne by the elimination of opponents inside and outside the royal family. But, …

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Trump, Netanyahu and Mohammad Bin Salman: Destroyers of the Neoliberal World Order

The neoliberal world order has been in crisis for some years now, with no signs of recovery. Trump's victory is an expression of a breach of trust between the American people and the national elites. The perfect storm. This is what the situation in the Middle East looks like. More and more events in the region seem to be …

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin meet in Ankara, Turkey, on December 11, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Umit Bektas

Turkey Switches to Full Defiance of US, Continues Putin Courtship

On Monday, US National Security Advisor HR McMaster added to tensions in the Middle East when he condemned Turkey and Qatar as prime sponsors of extremist Islamist ideology. He tore into the Turkish leadership, saying the country’s growing problems with the West are largely due to the rise of the Justice and Development Party in …

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Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem Demonstrated the Arabs’ Weakness

After the recent decision of Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, thus formally recognizing it as the capital of Israel, many expected a stormy reaction of the Arab and the Islamic world. However, nothing special happened. One can positively state the Arabs did not go beyond the ‘verbal rhetoric’, which …

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Weapons Went From the CIA to ISIS in Less Than Two Months

Mainstream media in 2013: "Conspiracy Theorists!"  Mainstream media in 2017: "ISIS Got a Powerful Missile the CIA Bought!"  Years late to the party, mainstream media outlets like USA Today, Reuters, and Buzzfeed are just out with "breaking" and "exclusive" stories detailing how a vast arsenal of weapons sent to Syria by the CIA in cooperation with …

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Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince… the Wunderkinds Wreak Havoc

Donald Trump’s rash declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so out of whack with global opinion and decades of international legal rulings, one has to surmise that the initiative stems from dubious inspiration. Turns out that the likely authors of the harebrained idea are Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner (36), and 32-year-old Saudi …

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Putin’s Middle East Tour: Russia is Not Going Anywhere

Over the last couple of days, Russian President Vladimir Putin conducted a series of visits back-to-back, visiting Syria, Egypt and Turkey in less than 48 hours. In spite of the brief nature of these visits, Russia’s leader managed to hold extensive discussions with the heads of the above mentioned states, while Egypt and Turkey saw …

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A Wreck of a Week for Pro-US Allies, A Hell of a Week for Iran

Surprisingly enough, last week introduced drastic changes in the balance of powers existing across the Middle East. There has been a whole series of both unexpected and predicted events, which have left many analysts utterly puzzled. You can judge for yourself, as we mention seemingly unconnected events that have affected the state of affairs in …

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