UAE

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…

How US-Saudi War Turned Yemen into the Biggest Crisis on Earth

How US-Saudi War Turned Yemen into the Biggest Crisis on Earth

December 16, 2018

Medea Benjamin discusses the US-Saudi war on Yemen and attempts by peace activists and Congress to stop the conflict

Senate Votes to End US Support for Saudi Mass Murder in Yemen

Senate Votes to End US Support for Saudi Mass Murder in Yemen

December 13, 2018

In a historic vote, the Senate voted 56-41 to withdraw military forces from the US-Saudi war on Yemen. Yemeni-American community organizer Rabyaah Althaibani, whose family has been divided, says she could not be happier

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…

US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress

US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress

December 4, 2018

The Trump administration claimed it would seek a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days, but the US blocked a UN Security Council resolution submitted by Britain. Colonel Larry Wilkerson discusses Congress’ historic vote on a War Powers Resolution bill to force a military withdrawal

Chinese consulate attack puts Pakistan between a rock and a hard place

November 24, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to renegotiate China’s massive, controversial Belt and Road investments as well…

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…

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

October 31, 2018

The UN and corporate media have for years claimed only 10,000 Yemenis were killed in the US/UK-backed Saudi/UAE war. But Yemen’s actual death toll is 70,000 to 80,000. Patrick Cockburn on the whitewashing of the catastrophic war

Assassins for Hire: US Citizens, Israelis, and Palestinians Kill for Money in Yemen

Assassins for Hire: US Citizens, Israelis, and Palestinians Kill for Money in Yemen

October 22, 2018

The US-based mercenary company Spear Group, headed by an Israeli and hired by a Palestinian on behalf of the UAE, conducts extra-judicial killings in Yemen. Antony Loewenstein discusses the details

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

October 19, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and environments in the bulk of…