Heads, Saudi Loses. Tails, Iran Wins

However many twists and turns the crisis of Sunni leadership takes, one regional power always seems to come out on top. That country is Iran. Iran’s threat to intervene militarily was one of the factors that thwarted Saudi Arabia’s plans to invade Qatar at the very start of the blockade. I understand from informed sources that …

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Russia’s Interesting New Oil Geopolitics

Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics. During the Soviet time Russian oil exports were largely aimed at maximizing dollar hard currency …

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“Unprecedented” Saudi Crackdown Targets Regime Loyalists as King Prepares to Abdicate

Are we seeing early signs of an "Arab Spring" coming to Saudi Arabia, or will the next king emerge stronger than ever? The kingdom is now in the midst of an unprecedented crackdown of both dissidents and even loyalists perceived as less than enthusiastic about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power as he prepares to …

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Leaked UAE Emails: Saudi Arabia Came Close to ‘Conquering’ Qatar

Saudi Arabia came close to “conquering” Qatar, according to a recent email purportedly sent by the Emirati ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba. The claim came in a new batch of leaked emails, released online overnight on Wednesday, by an unknown party. In a May 2017 email thread with former US diplomat Elliot Abrams, Otaiba …

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In August 2017, Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a military parade by Saudi security forces in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca (AFP/Saudi Royal Palace)

A Saudi Prince in Israel? An Alliance Born of Failure

Israeli media is awash with rumours that a Saudi prince visited Israel last week and held consultations with senior Israeli officials. A few outlets and journalists have alleged that the prince in question was none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS, in common parlance), the most powerful figure in Saudi Arabia. An Israeli …

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Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. © Fayez Nureldine / AFP

News of Saudi Crown Prince’s “Secret” Visit to Israel Brings Embassy Scramble

Clearly the war in Syria and the international push for regime change against Assad has created strange alliances in the Middle East over the past few years. Among the strangest bedfellows are the Israelis and Saudis. It's no secret that common cause in Syria of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic …

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Myanmar: Gasoline and Fire, Not Good vs. Evil

The unfolding crisis in Southeast Asia's state of Myanmar has confounded many geopolitical analysts due to its complex history and the intentionally deceptive and now contradictory coverage provided by the Western media. The current government of Myanmar is headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD). It has ascended into power …

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There’s a Simple Reason Why Iran Isn’t in BRICS – Saudi Arabia

Many multipolar proponents have been hoping that Iran would be invited to a BRICS Summit one of these years, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon so long as the Eurasian BRICS Triangle of Russia, India, and China are wooing Saudi Arabia. There was a heavy disappointment in the Alt-Media Community when it was confirmed …

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