Hired Gun: Is War with Iran Now Inevitable Under New Saudi Crown Prince?

Israel and Washington seem to have been instrumental in the rise of Riyadh's new leader, a hot-headed young royal who leaves a trail of havoc behind him. But can they control him? In the hilarious novel by Christopher Buckley, 'Thank you for smoking,' the central character, Nick Naylor, works for Big Tobacco as a chief spokesman. …

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Saudi Hijinks, US Policy Stinks

The whimsical Saudi rulers are playing musical chairs again, with the king's favorite son jumping the succession queue in what some observers have called a "soft coup" to become heir to the oil kingdom throne. The medieval-like House of Saud has always been a lynchpin in US foreign policy for the Middle East. More so under President Donald Trump …

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Did Trump Denounce Qatar Over Failed Business Deals?

What on earth made President Donald Trump identify Qatar – with its longstanding relationship with the US and host to 10,000 American military personnel on the biggest airbase in the Middle East – as a “funder of terrorism”? Did someone misinform him of Qatar’s role in the region? Or was Mr Trump embittered because, as …

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Qatar Crisis to Ease: Takeaways and Future Prospects

Donald Trump has accused Qatar of sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels. During an appearance alongside the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, at the White House on June 9, the president said he had decided that «the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding … and its extremist ideology». His comments marked the …

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Palestinian children at home reading books by candle light due to electricity shortages in Gaza City on 13 June (AFP)

A Long Hot Summer: Amid Qatar Crisis, Gaza Hit by Power Cuts, Feels Shadow of War

Mohammed Sallam is one of 700 patients in Gaza who suffer from renal failure. The 45-year-old has to go to the hospital three times a week to receive dialysis. Last week, Sallam went to Al-Shifa hospital only for doctors to tell him that his treatment would be irregular due to more than 20 hours of …

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The West Can’t Smell What Eurasia is Cooking

A tectonic geopolitical shift happened in Astana, Kazakhstan, only a few days ago, and yet barely a ripple registered in Atlanticist circles. At the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001, both India and Pakistan were admitted as full members, alongside Russia, China and four Central Asian “stans” (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). So now …

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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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Marching Toward a Wider War in the Middle East

Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless media flogging of hysterical claims of Russian interference in the election with the supposed collusion of Donald Trump, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional and even global conflagration with ominous implications for the peoples of not only …

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