Middle East

US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of “M...

SYR45345211With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future – the war having been decided on the ground rather than “politically” as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers – the US proxy war against Syria has all but failed. Despite the obvious defeat…

Iran: New Realities and New Challenges

IRN342342It is still less than a year since the European Union gave birth to, in Pushkin’s words, “neither son nor daughter, frog nor mouse, but a creature none had seen before”. The “creature” we are referring to is the long–awaited financial mechanism for trade with Iran, which bears the name…

“Arab NATO” Explodes on Takeoff

AZ42342It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the majority of geopolitical analysts that the Trump administration has been promoting the idea of a Middle Eastern military alliance rather aggressively. The so-called Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) that is being more commonly referred to as the “Arab NATO”…

Syria and the Road to Return to the Ranks of ...

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Two themes have recently attracted the attention of media and social networks in the Middle East. The first is the trend towards a gradual restoration of Arab relations with the Syrian government. The second is the role of Russia in the region. The first is indicated by the resumption of the work of the UAE and Bahrain diplomatic missions in Damascus…

What Wahhabism Looks Like From Up Close And P...

6553How many times will we need to be reminded of the horrors of Wahhabism – that cult, which for lack of better words murdered and pillaged its way to the heights of power to better rationalise itself a school of thought under the umbrella of Sunni Islam, for our world leaders to…

Saudi Arabia and the Upcoming Secret Nuclear ...

886еWith Israel issuing direct threats against both Syria and Iran of thermonuclear devastation if either nation retaliates against Israeli bombing attacks, the world moves closer to the brink. Many factors, including and especially Israel’s internal political collapse, are pushing…

Nothing is Happening in Iraq, and That’...

USIR342342Some years ago there was a prop forward in the French national rugby team called Pierre Dospital. This was considered a very appropriate name for him, as it was only one letter away from “hospital”, and given his size, and the demands of his position on the field, this is where…

Warsaw Conference – Is the US Coalition Pre-s...

WS56436221As we approach the start of the Warsaw conference it is time to read the teas on what to expect. I had to wait a day or two later than I wanted to write this because so much of the Foreign minister attendee list was still up in the air when that was needed to gauge the initial…

France and Italy Set at Odds by Failed EU Eli...

FSM3242In news from Paris today, the French have warned Italy’s Deputy Premier, Luigi Di Maio, to stop “interfering” in France’s political process. The caution came after a meeting Di Maio had with after he met a senior figure in France’s Gilets Jaunes, ‘yellow vest’ movement. As tensions…

Yemen: US “Accidentally” Arming A...

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US weapons are once again falling into the hands of militants fighting in one of Washington’s many proxy wars – this time in Yemen – the militants being fighters of local Al Qaeda affiliates. CNN in its article, “Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy,” would admit: Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners have transferred American-made weapons to al…

Saudi Arabia and the US – a Partnership betwe...

SAU563422Saudi Arabia at the beginning of this year is experiencing a number of fairly serious crises, above all in the political, economic and financial areas. There is the ongoing fallout from the scandalous, and still unresolved, murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi…

Putting it in Perspective: “Lebanon Takes its...

LEBNSo the agony lingers on in Lebanon. Yet again, it is taking months to form a government acceptable to everybody, or which the government can sell to everybody. In public, the sticking point is the six Sunni MPs who are allied with the predominantly Shia Hezbollah. Having been…


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