Activists inflate a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump during a demonstration against Trump's visit to the UK in Parliament Square in London on 13 July 2018 (AFP)

When Will the Saudis Learn That Trump Is Toxic?

If the penny, or cent, has not dropped by now, it never will: Donald Trump presents a greater danger to his allies than he does to his foes. He imperils America as a world power. In 48 action-packaged hours, he has threatened to pull out of Nato (telling the organisation's leaders that if they did …

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The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum Offers the Arab World Hope During a Time of Crisis

The once united Arab world is more divided today than at anytime since the implementation of the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 whereby the French and British imperial governments decided to split the majority of the Arab world into spheres of influence to be shared by western Europe’s foremost colonial aggressors. In the middle of the …

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Iran’s Chabahar Port Is Where Asian and Middle Eastern Rivalries Collide

Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and …

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Middle East and Sad Prospects of its Development

As TV channel Al Arabiya has reported, Jordan withdrew its ambassador Abdullah Suleyman Abu Rumman from Iran. Amman presented a very interesting interpretation to justify its actions. This decision was adopted by the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom in relation Tehran’s policy of interference into affairs of the countries of the Middle East. It …

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Saudi Arabia has a New Qatar Plan: MbS is Going to Dig Himself Out of a Hole, Which He Made Himself

Don’t laugh. Riyadh is going ahead with plans to dig a canal along its border with Qatar making it an island. But will the PR stunt distract media attention away from its own internal crisis, not to mention Qatar’s ‘independence’? In just 12 months, the so-called Qatar Crisis – Saudi Arabia’s nefarious bid to make …

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Jordanian King Abdullah II (1st-R) attending a meeting in Mecca on 11 June with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (2nd-R), Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (3rd-R) and Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (1st-L) to discuss the economic crisis in Jordan (AFP)

How Jordan’s Economic Crisis Exposed Saudi Arabia’s Leadership Vacuum

Saudi Arabia did not come to Jordan's rescue with a $2.5bn aid package, although King Salman very much wanted to appear as if it had. What happened was an attempt by King Salman to take the credit for the money that Kuwait had already pledged. What resulted was a scramble by rival Gulf states to …

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The Nuances of Qatar’s Interest in NATO

The announcement by Qatar’s Defense Minister that his tiny but strategically positioned country is considering membership in NATO shouldn’t be taken at face value but instead analyzed for its symbolism in the tense context of contemporary Gulf geopolitics. The Qatari Defense Minister surprised many observers by announcing that his tiny but strategically positioned is considering …

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