America’s Yemen Crisis is Bigger than Just Yemen

Broken alliances and competing political factions are emperiling America’s goals Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in Afghanistan, it undertook its first military offensive in Yemen. In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered … Continue reading America’s Yemen Crisis is Bigger than Just Yemen

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Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Israeli PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu

Israel and Saudi Arabia: a Match Made in Heaven (or in Washington)

If we were to believe all the propaganda we would think (the occupation state of) Israel and (the medieval kingdom of) Saudi Arabia were mortal foes. On one hand we have an entity that describes itself as a blooming democracy, an oasis of civilisation amongst barbaric foes, and on the other a royal family that … Continue reading Israel and Saudi Arabia: a Match Made in Heaven (or in Washington)

There’s an Urgent Need to Put an End to the Ongoing Yemeni Catastrophe

Two years ago, a coalition of ten Arab countries that was led by Saudi Arabia launched a military aggression against the state of Yemen, while enjoying the active military and political support of the United States. The stated goal of this intervention was to restore the power of the deposed President Mansour Hadi that was … Continue reading There’s an Urgent Need to Put an End to the Ongoing Yemeni Catastrophe

FILE PHOTO: Saudi soldiers © Fahad Shadeed / Reuters

Saudi Military Aircraft Crashes over Yemen, at least 12 Killed

A Black Hawk helicopter belonging to the Saudi Arabian military has crashed in Yemen, killing at least 12 personnel, according to Saudi news agency SPA. https://twitter.com/spagov/status/854346803466182657 SPA reported that the crash happened while armed forces were carrying out operational duties in the province of Marib in Yemen. Four officers and eight noncommissioned officers from the … Continue reading Saudi Military Aircraft Crashes over Yemen, at least 12 Killed

Who are the Saudi-Backed Fighters in Yemen? Mostly Foreigners

We hear a lot about the “Saudi-led coalition” and Saudi-backed fighters in Yemen, but who are they? And what role are they playing? Saudi Arabia has been trying to squash a revolutionary uprising in the Arabian Peninsula since 2011. Thanks to Wikileaks, we know that the US government started preparing for such an event in … Continue reading Who are the Saudi-Backed Fighters in Yemen? Mostly Foreigners

Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence

After making the provocative and dangerous charge that Russia is covering up Syria’s use of chemical weapons, the Trump administration withheld key evidence to support its core charge that a Syrian warplane dropped sarin on a northern Syrian town on April 4. A four-page white paper, prepared by President Trump’s National Security Council staff and … Continue reading Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence

You Can’t Fight a War Without a Scorecard

Okay, folks, you won’t be able to know who’s who in this Syrian War without a program! So, without further ado, enjoy! First off, there’s several different factions over there and not all of them willingly get along. Syria has: Shi’ite Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Syrian Orthodox Christians, a small number of Catholics, Kurds, Alawite Muslims, … Continue reading You Can’t Fight a War Without a Scorecard

Can Pakistan Remain Neutral in the Saudi-Iran Rivalry?

Islamabad has given clearance to recently retired chief of army staff Gen. Raheel Sharif to command what is being described as a “Muslim NATO” based in Saudi Arabia. Sharif’s new position is expected to be announced later this month in Riyadh. Though the mission and activities of the coalition (known as the Islamic Military Alliance … Continue reading Can Pakistan Remain Neutral in the Saudi-Iran Rivalry?

Saudi Arabia Vs. Russia: The Next Oil Price War

International oil markets could be heading towards a new war, as leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers are vying for increased stakes. The unexpected cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC countries, instigated by the full support of Saudi Arabia (OPEC) and Russia (non-OPEC) has brought some stabilization to the crude markets for almost half a year. The … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Vs. Russia: The Next Oil Price War