Trump’s Sword Dance Sets Off the War of the Wahhabis

Trump’s Sword Dance Sets Off the War of the Wahhabis

US President Donald Trump could not possibly have predicted the game-changing after-effects of his triumphal sword dance in Riyadh. Or could he? The fact is the House of Saud went amok, in a flash, going after Qatar and bombing from the inside that glorious Arab NATO project – call it NATOGCC — sworn with pomp over a glowing orb. An excited Trump tweeted…

The Saudi Offensive Against Qatar and the Global Intensification of Geopolitical Conflict

The Saudi Offensive Against Qatar and the Global Intensification of Geopolitical Conflict

Backed by Egypt and its closest Gulf State allies, Saudi Arabia has launched a diplomatic and economic offensive against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich neighbor. This offensive is aimed at forcing the emirate to fall fully in line with the Saudis’ belligerent stand against Iran and other of its predatory policies, including unstinting support for Egypt’s…

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

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…

Saudi Arabia versus Qatar: More Folly from Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia versus Qatar: More Folly from Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince

Precipitate and unexplained decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar and impose an air and land blockade of the country bears the hallmarks of the erratic decision making of Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and de facto ruler, Prince Mohammed bin Salman. There has been considerable debate about the reasons for the extraordinary diplomatic and…