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As Saudi Confirms Khashoggi's Murder, Will We Stop Its Murder in Yemen?

As Saudi Confirms Khashoggi’s Murder, Will We Stop Its Murder in Yemen?

October 19, 2018

Hours after this segment was recorded, the Saudi government confirmed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. But there is ongoing silence over the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands and is threatening a historic famine. We speak to Dr. Martha Mundy of the London School of Economics, author of a new…

Paul Jay on the US-Saudi ‘Special Relationship’

Paul Jay on the US-Saudi ‘Special Relationship’

October 16, 2018

The likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has inspired a new debate about the US’s “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia. TRNN’s Paul Jay and Ben Norton discuss why America sees the Saudi monarchy as a key player in its global empire, and the key role of arms sales and fossil fuels in geopolitics.

Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage

Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage

October 16, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging the…

Duplicitous Khashoggi Picked the Wrong Prince

Khashoggi Picked the Wrong Prince

October 15, 2018

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi should be denounced. Professor As`ad AbuKhalil says western media’s uncritical praise of Khashoggi is unworthy, he was a loyal member of the Saudi propaganda apparatus and chose the wrong side of the House of Saud

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

October 11, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At…

Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist's Disappearance?

Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance?

October 11, 2018

President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and “lay hands on” Khashoggi. We speak to…

Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

Why Iran Prefers the Eastern Bloc Over the West

September 11, 2018

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian / Lobe Log. As the military phase of the Syrian conflict reaches its final stages, the leaders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey met in Tehran on September 9 and reiterated in a joint statement that a political solution to the Syrian conflict requires inclusive, free, and fair elections with the participation…

The long shadow of the Gulf crisis: Qatar emerges as key player in Gaza crisis

September 4, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Dug in for the long haul in its increasingly bitter dispute with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is emerging as a key player in efforts to prevent tension between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, from spinning out of control. Qatar’s increasing…

Turkey’s financial crisis raises questions about China’s debt-driven development model

August 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the United States, but are unlikely to resolve the country’s structural problems, fuelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s counterintuitive interest rate theories. The latest crisis in Turkey’s boom-bust economy raises questions…

Partying Like It’s 1998

August 17, 2018

By Paul Krugman / New York Times. And now for something completely similar. For a while, those of us who devoted a lot of time to understanding the Asian financial crisis two decades ago were wondering whether Turkey was going to stage a re-enactment. Sure enough, that’s what seems to be happening. Here’s the script:…