Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

August 10, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister. The offer was most immediately related…

Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty

August 9, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human rights record and conduct of the war in Yemen. It…

Ali Al-Ahmed on Saudi Arabia

August 8, 2018
Ottawa's criticism of a crackdown on dissidents has prompted Saudi Arabia to freeze its Canadian ties, and a kingdom-linked Twitter account to even threaten a 9/11-style attack. Saudi analyst Ali Al-Ahmed says Riyahd's behavior is a reminder that its claims of reform are a sham

The Saudi-US Agenda Behind Destroying Yemen

August 3, 2018
A Saudi-led airstrike has killed dozens in Yemen's port city of Hodeida amid UN warnings of another catastrophic cholera outbreak. Professor Isa Blumi of Stockholm University and author of "Destroying Yemen," discusses the motives and impact of the unrelenting US-backed assault

Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following a script?

August 3, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Not to worry, US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, unconditionally. On the contrary, Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement that he is willing to talk to Mr. Rouhani is likely part of a…

 Saudi Oil Shipment Halt: A Potential Watershed in the Yemen War

July 26, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A spike in oil prices as a result of a temporary halt in shipments through the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait may be short-lived, but the impact on Yemen’s three-year-old forgotten war is likely to put the devastating conflict on the front burner. The halt following a Saudi…

Saudis Buy Fmr UK Prime Minister Blair for $12 Million

July 24, 2018

Tony Blair, fmr Prime Minister of the UK and an architect of the Iraq War, is a mercenary that Saudi Arabia hired to present themselves as modernizers and cover for their invasion of Yemen, says Medea Benjamin, the author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection

Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic-speaking Middle East

July 22, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Long satisfied to attempt to dominate pan-Arab media and battle it out with Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television network, Saudi Arabia has now set its hegemonic sights on influencing the media landscape of the non-Arabic speaking greater Middle East. In the wake of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s…