Middle East

The Israeli Election that Almost Never Was

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The dust from the Israeli election is beginning to settle after the preliminary count, showing Benny Gantz with 32 seats…

Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Fields – a False F...

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On Saturday morning, September 14, 2019, a few drones – were they drones or long-range missiles? – hit the Saudis…

How Yemen’s War Stands to Redefine the Region...

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If ever anyone was still under the impression that North Yemen would soon surrender to Saudi Arabia’s intense military pressure, Saturday’s attack on Aramco some 200 miles east of Riyadh, the Kingdom’s capital, most definitely shattered such belief. If anything, Ansarallah, under…

Here is How China-US Trade War Impacts Iran

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In the last week of August, China added crude oil imports from the US to its tariff list for the first time in a retaliatory decision against the US decision to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese products. China imports about 6 per cent of its crude oil from the US. For an economy that increasingly relies on crude…

Demonstrative Strengthening of US-Israel Ties...

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With the next US presidential election approaching, Donald Trump twitted that he had a conversations with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the possibility of striking a defence pact between Washington and Tel-Aviv. Thus, the head of the American…

The Strange Case of the Burning Saudi Refiner...

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The September 2019 attack that cut Saudi Arabia’s oil production by up to 60% and has thrown the world into chaos was not a surprise.  The claim by US Secretary of State that “Iran did it” is no surprise as well. That Yemen did it, destroyed the world’s largest oil refinery that has…

“Drone Attack” on Saudi Oil ̵...

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Huge blazes were reported at two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia owned by Aramco. While Saudi authorities refused to assign blame, media outlets like the BBC immediately began insinuating either Yemen’s Houthis or Iran were responsible. The BBC in its article, “Saudi Arabia oil facilities ablaze after drone strikes,” would…

Oil Tanker Off Syria: Sanctions-Busting or “U...

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An oil tanker has been spotted off the coast of Syria and with that comes the latest news flash. This is hardly news, given the leading export of that region. But it was an IRANIAN oil tanker! Shock horror! Iran is again breaching sanctions it maintains it is not subject to! Is…

Putin Offers Erdogan Ice Cream and 5th Genera...

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Despite possible differences existing between Turkey and Russia over Idlib – differences that result from somewhat diverging ways of handling the last major bastion of jihadi stronghold in Syria – the fact that both countries continue to engage diplomatically and enhance the scope…

Khan Shaykhun’s Fall May Provoke Turkish Domi...

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News on Syria has turned humdrum, with a few exceptions, at least for the Western media. Other, more important, news is claiming the attention of Fox and CNN. But let me cite one piece of news in recent weeks that should be getting more mainstream attention—the very…

UAE Turns its Gaze to the East

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Saudi Arabia, as per an old Arab saying, has been and still remains the elder sister for the rest of the Arab states on the Arabian Peninsula. This statement is backed by several facts: the kingdom is the largest in terms of territory, it has the largest population and until recently it was the richest country. However, as they say, it only lasts as long…

Both Israel and Hezbollah Imagined a Horrid B...

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There are rare moments in history, when even the most determined enemies can suddenly recognize the futility of battle. Sometimes, just for a moment or two. Sometimes, for longer. Such moments of sanity may save thousands, even millions human lives. And, such moments are not…


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