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The Great White Father Comes to Saudi Arabia

The Great White Father came to Saudi Arabia last week to harangue some 50 Arab and African despots on the glories of Trumpism, democracy and the need to fight what the Americans call terrorism. Having covered the Mideast for many decades, I cannot think of a more bizarre or comical spectacle. Here was Saudi Arabia, …

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ISIS Touches Down in the Philippines

Mayhem broke out across the southern Philippine city of Marawi where militants besieged it and hoisted flags of the so-called “Islamic State.” Located on the southern island of Mindanao, the city is only slightly removed from Al Qaeda affiliate Abu Sayaff’s primary area of operation on nearby Jolo and Basilan islands. The UK Independent in …

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Trump About to Really Mess Up in the Middle East

There he was talking of the 'ultimate deal' between Israel and the Palestinians – as if peace was just a commodity to be bought or sold In Riyadh, Trump couldn’t mention where most of the the 9/11 hijackers came from or whose Sunni cult-faith was the inspiration for Isis – nor which country chopped off heads with …

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Trump’s Art of the Deal in the Middle East: Selling Wars and Terrorism

It would be funny if it were not so sickening. US President Donald Trump’s whirlwind tour through the Middle East was a “triumph” of make-believe rhetoric over reality. Donald “the peace-maker” is sowing decades of further violence in the war-torn region. The horrific repercussions of American foreign policy are all around us, from the illegal …

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The GCC is Expanding to Eritrea, And It’s Not Good for Ethiopia

Add to it the Qatari soldiers that have already been present on the ground for a few years to “mediate” the border dispute with Djibouti, and the most important members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have unexpectedly converged in what many might think to be among one of the most unlikeliest of places. While …

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Trump’s Glowing Orb: Even Satan Feels the Need to Distance Himself

A surreal image of President Donald Trump touching a glowing orb alongside the Saudi king and the Egyptian president has set Twitter alight, with some suggesting it may be a sign of witchcraft. The bizarre moment has sent the Twitteratti into overdrive, turning the incident – which looks suspiciously like a meeting of evil geniuses …

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Hypocrisy and Condescension: Trump’s Speech to the Middle East

So after inventing “fake news”, America’s crazed President on Sunday gave the world’s Muslims a fake speech. Donald Trump said he was not in Saudi Arabia to “lecture” – but then told the world’s Islamic preachers what to say, condemned “Islamist terrorism” as if violence was a solely Muslim phenomenon and then announced like an Old Testament prophet that he …

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