America’s Deceitful Secret Support of Al Qaeda

In a recent article, I documented that “US Again Supports Al Qaeda in Syria”. In a prior article, I had documented that since 2012 the US Government has cooperated with the Sauds’ plan to install in Syria a fundamentalist-Sunni government to replace Syria’s existing secular Government, and that the fundamentalist-Sunni organization Al Qaeda has been the US …

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An LNG terminal in Yangkou Port in Nantong city, which is in China's Jiangsu province. Photo: AFP

‘Make Trade, Not War’ is China’s Daring Plan in the Middle East

China’s “Go West” strategy was brought into sharp focus at a forum in Shanghai last weekend. Billed as the Belt and Road Initiative: Towards Greater Cooperation between China and the Middle East, it highlighted key aspects of Beijing’s wider plan. The New Silk Roads, or the Belt and Road Initiative, involve six key economic corridors, …

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Saudi Arabia’s Protesting Princes: Public Relations Disaster for Whom?

Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes who were protesting the government’s recent decision to stop paying their utility bills. Riyadh implemented a mild austerity plan at the start of the year that also saw the elimination of other state subsidies such as those for gas as well as the introduction of a 5% sales tax on …

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Don’t Expect Trump to Send in the Cavalry If MbS Has to Circle Wagons

Whether or not he is a purveyor of “alternative facts”, Michael Wolff in Fire and Fury tries to get inside the mind of Donald Trump when working out Washington’s new Middle East foreign policy. In Wolff’s words, this is what the United States president was thinking. “There are basically four players [or at least we can forget …

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House of Saud’s Power Struggle Could Turn Bloody

Over the coming months, the current power struggle within the House of Saud may develop into a bloody affair. For a long time Al-Saud boasted that unlike previous emirates and sheikhdoms that had previously ruled Arabia, they avoided bloody power struggles among themselves. The situation now seems to be different. In 2007, the Al-Saud invented …

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Saudis Watch Iran Protests Intently

Saudi Arabia is following the unrest in Iran with intense interest, hoping it will force its regional rival to turn inward. The Saudis have little capacity to influence Iranian domestic developments, however, and share many of the same problems as Tehran. The Iranian question is unlikely to help resolve Riyadh’s biggest foreign policy challenge: the expensive quagmire in Yemen …

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Donald Trump(L), Mohammed bin Salman(C), Theresa May(L) © Reuters

ISIS Defeat, Jerusalem & Bribes: Biggest Geopolitical Upheavals of 2017

The last 12 months has seen the geopolitical landscape turned on its head with major diplomatic incidents, high-profile corruption scandals and the destruction of Islamic State’s powerbase sending shockwaves across the globe. Trump throws Jerusalem grenade into Israel-Palestine peace process US President Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the world when he announced the US would …

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Foreign Intervention Behind Iran Protests

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attributes days of violence to foreign intervention, saying: “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are angry with the glory, success, and the progress of the Iranian nation, and they have vowed to get the regional troubles into Iran, but, sure, the people and officials of the Islamic Republic of …

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In 2018 the Barbarous Wars in Iraq and Syria Will Come to an End

I spent most of the last year reporting two sieges, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, which finally ended with the decisive defeat of ISIS. This was the most important event in the Middle East in 2017, though people are already beginning to forget how dangerous the ISIS caliphate was at the height of …

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