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Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria (DH 1/7 7:50pm)

Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria

January 7, 2019

While Trump claimed US troops will leave Syria in 30 days, his neoconservative national security adviser John Bolton suggested otherwise, imposing conditions for withdrawal. Journalist Patrick Cockburn says mainstream corporate media reporting has been misleading and “childish.”

Indian Muslims: A rich hunting ground for Middle Eastern rivals

January 5, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world,” he probably wasn’t only thinking of Middle Eastern and other Islamic states such as…

Saudi Arabia and the West’s right wing: A dubious alliance

January 2, 2019

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Traditionally focussed on ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam, Saudi funding in the era of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined and finetuned to ensure that it serves his geopolitical ambitions, primarily stymying the expansion of Iranian…

The Real Problem Is the US-Saudi Relationship, Not Just Crown Prince MBS

The Real Problem Is the US-Saudi Relationship, Not Just Crown Prince MBS

December 23, 2018

Peace activist Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK says US support for the Saudi monarchy must be fundamentally challenged. Some American officials want a cosmetic change, simply replacing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the problem runs much deeper

Dispelling Myths About Iran, Trump’s Bogeyman

December 17, 2018

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, discusses myths and misconceptions about Iran and the Donald Trump administration’s dismantling of the nuclear agreement. She also talks about her book “Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran”

US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics

December 6, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially could change the dynamics of the region’s politics and create an initial…

Sen. Graham Wants a More Reliable Fascist in Saudi Arabia - Paul Jay

Sen. Graham Wants a More Reliable Fascist in Saudi Arabia – Paul Jay

December 4, 2018

Senator Lindsey Graham wants to overthrow the Saudi crown prince MBS in order to have a more reliable ally against Iran and to suppress the Arab masses

Amid Middle East Realignment & Saudi Blockade, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC

Amid Middle East Realignment & Saudi Blockade, Qatar Withdraws from OPEC

December 4, 2018

Qatar is withdrawing from oil organization OPEC, while Saudi Arabia continues its blockade. Colonel Larry Wilkerson says this is part of a larger realignment in the Middle East, as Turkey exerts more influence

The Khashoggi crisis: (Re)Shaping US politics as well as relations with Saudi Arabia

 The Khashoggi crisis: (Re)Shaping US politics as well as relations with Saudi Arabia

November 21, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer.   A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have gotten more than they bargained for. The killing has sparked multiple battles that are likely in coming months to shape relationships ranging from that…

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

November 4, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and potential Western sanctions against Saudi Arabia has sparked renewed debate about the value of the longstanding alliance between the United States and the kingdom. The debate is…