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Can the US make Iran sanctions stick?

August 6, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge alongside China as the Islamic republic’s foremost lifeline in seeking to blunt the impact of harsh sanctions. Russia and Oman rather than Europe are emerging as…

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…

Crown Prince of UAE has an Army of Private Military Contractors

July 23, 2018

Antony Loewenstein: War crimes are rampant among military contractors – they work off the books, work that is illegal and with much looser rules of engagement. Who are they accountable to?

Russian Hackers: The shadowy world of US and Gulf hacks just got murkier

July 17, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. The covert Qatar-United Arab Emirates cyberwar that helped spark the 13-month-old Gulf crisis that pits a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance against Qatar may have just gotten murkier with the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Mueller’s indictment provided detail on website…

Trump, Putin and the Iran Agenda

July 16, 2018

Paul Jay and James M. Dorsey analyze the Helsinki meeting and the “Grand Bargain with Russia” pushed by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel

Trump-Gulf-Israel ‘Peace’ Plan Seeks Palestinian Surrender

July 15, 2018

Through violence, coercion, and bribery, Israel, the U.S., U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia want Palestinians to give up their rights under international law and accept limited sovereignty in a weak, divided territory. But growing non-violent resistance in the Occupied Territories and solidarity efforts around the world — such as a new settlement boycott in Ireland —…

Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

July 3, 2018

By James M. Dorsey     A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world.     The effort also serves to…

The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

July 1, 2018

By James M. Dorsey If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for political stability as opposed to sustainability, ignoring the undercurrents of change wracking the Middle East.…

Trump Pursues Israel ‘Peace Plan’ to Break off Gaza, Without Input from Palestinians

June 30, 2018

While US President Trump reportedly hopes to use Gulf funding to pressure Egypt to take over Gaza, splitting it from the West Bank, expert Phyllis Bennis warns no Israel peace deal is possible when “there is no Palestinian voice” involved