Middle East

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…

Saudi diplomatic offensive seeks to put Khashoggi behind it and thwart Qatar

Saudi diplomatic offensive seeks to put Khashoggi behind it and thwart Qatar

November 28, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing…

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…

Saudi sports diplomacy: A mirror image of the kingdom’s already challenged policies

Saudi sports diplomacy: A mirror image of the kingdom’s already challenged policies

November 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi sports diplomacy is proving to be a mirror image of the kingdom’s challenged domestic, regional and foreign policies. Overlorded by sports czar Turki al-Sheikh, Saudi sports diplomacy, like the kingdom’s broader policies, has produced at best…

Don’t Forget The Saudi Role in 9/11 - Q&A (Pt 6/6)

The U.S and the Saudis: Q&A with Paul Jay

October 28, 2018
Paul Jay with host Ben Norton discusses the history of how US foreign policy has used the Saudi claim to lead the Islamic world to fight nationalism and socialism in the Middle East.

Pakistan and its Militants: Who is Mainstreaming Whom?

October 23, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / RSIS. Abstract Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under ten per cent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented long-standing legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for organisations that have been banned as terrorists by Pakistan and/or the United Nations and…

How Germany Breaks its Own Laws to Arm Saudi Arabia

How Germany Breaks its Own Laws to Arm Saudi Arabia

October 21, 2018

The German government is pursuing the interests of the its arms industry, even as this means violating their own laws, their coalition agreement, and promises to the public

Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion – and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher

Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion – and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher

October 6, 2018

The international proxy war on Syria destroyed more than $388 billion in physical capital, according to a UN commission. But political economist Ali Kadri says this conservative figure underestimates the damage imperialism does to humans, and how such destruction is inherent in capitalism