Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

marzo 30

How to Decipher Yemen

El autor de este artículo es Graham E. Fuller, ex vice-presidente del Consejo Nacional de Inteligencia, oficial de operaciones de la CIA durante 20 años y uno de los principales expertos estadounidenses en Oriente Medio. Como consecuencia, su análisis no ofrece concesiones: es directo y clarificador, libre de especulaciones. Si realmente quieres saber lo que sucede […]

octubre 05

With Russia in Middle East, China Claims Central Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev after being awarded an honorary Doctorate from Nazarbayev University in Astana. ©AFP With Russia in Middle East, China Claims Central Asia By  Zachary Keck, The Diplomat, October 2, 2013 Russia’s Middle East policy is all the rage these days. An article in the Washington Post on Tuesday notes […]

septiembre 19

Turkey’s Influence Divides Yemenis

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindowa cut the red ribbon to inaugurate the Turkish International School in Sana’a. Turkey’s Influence Divides Yemenis Farea al-Muslimi, Al-Monitor, September 13, 2013 From the Sabaha region, which overlooks Sanaa from the west and constitutes a vital outlet to the port of Al-Hudaydah on the […]

Most powerful factions in Syria (June 2013)

Freedom fighters? Cannibals? The truth about Syria’s rebels The US wants to send them arms, Vladimir Putin says they’re cannibals – but what do we really know about the opposition movement fighting to topple Assad? Syria expert Aron Lund profiles some of the most powerful factions ARON LUND, The Independent, 17 June 2013 Battlefield alliances: […]

Gulf Islamist Dissent Over Egypt

Islamist Dissent Over Egypt Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy, August 18, 2013 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia issued an unusually rapid and strong endorsement of the Egyptian military crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood’s sit-ins, calling on all Arabs to unite behind a crackdown on terrorism, incitement, and disorder. Bahrain, the UAE, and Kuwait rapidly backed his stance. But […]

Sanaa Professor Predicts Imminent Military Coup in Yemen

Brigadier General Abdulrahman al-Halili taking officially command of the 3rd RG Brigade, June 2012. Read also: «One killed as rival Yemeni soldiers clash in Sana’a» Sanaa Professor Predicts Imminent Military Coup in Yemen Al Monitor, August 9, 2013 First published: Al-Tagheer (Yemen), August 5, 2013 Dr. Tarek Mustafa Salam, the secretary-general of the Center for Development and Gender […]

Flash Point in the Eastern Mediterranean

The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) transits the Suez Canal.- Navy Live Flash Point in the Eastern Mediterranean Will conflict in the Middle East trigger the next great power war? James Stavridis, Foreign Policy, July 19, 2013 This is not a new crisis. The Greek poet Constantine Cavafy lived and wrote in Egypt a […]

The AKP can’t have it all its own way

President Morsi and PM Erdogan: September, 2012:  «Turkish democracy is example for Muslim world: Erdogan» The AKP can’t have it all its own way Semih İdiz, Hürriyet, July 09, 2013 There is a lot of angry moralizing on the part of Turkish Islamists aimed at the West for its reluctance to label what happened in […]

The 99: Islamic superheroes going global

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa created The 99 as a way to highlight univeral values and re-define Islamic culture.The powers of the 99 are based on the Qu’ran’s 99 Virtues of Allah, which include strength, courage and wisdom. The 99: Islamic superheroes going global (CNN) — Editor’s note: Watch CNN’s TV theme week Comic Book Heroes from June 10-17 […]

Syria Is Now Saudi Arabia’s Problem

Brigadier General Salim Idriss Syria Is Now Saudi Arabia’s Problem The battle for a town on the Lebanese border marks the kingdom’s first attempt to lead Syria’s fractured opposition. By Hassan Hassan | June 6, 2013 Hezbollah can finally claim a victory in Syria. The town of Qusayr, adjacent to the Lebanese border, has fallen to the […]

China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom

An oil refinery in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, in which China has a stake. China has poured money and workers into Iraq. NABIL AL-JOURANI / Associated PressExxon Mobil China Is Reaping Biggest Benefits of Iraq Oil Boom By TIM ARANGO and CLIFFORD KRAUSS June 2, 2013 BAGHDAD — Since the American-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has become one of […]

Istanbul, Gezi Park: TINA vs. NAIT?

Personalized attention to every citizen: one of the most infamous pictures of the protests in Istanbul Istanbul, Gezi Park: TINA vs. NAIT? Francisco Veiga, Eurasian Hub, June 2, 2013 It seems evident that the revolt in Istanbul’s Gezi Park has been a true “Black Swan”. According to author Nassir Nicholas Taleb, who coined this concept, […]

Making enemies in Yemen

A tribesman walks near a building damaged last year by a US drone strike targeting suspected al-Qaeda militants in Azan of the southeastern Yemeni province of Shabwa, Feb. 3, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah). Read also: «My Village Was Attacked By US Drones in Yemen» Making enemies in Yemen Aljazeera – Sun, May 5, 2013 A group […]

Ospreys to Israel in Major Arms Deal

Ospreys to Israel in Major Arms Deal by RICHARD SISK, DT – Defensetech,  April 19, 2013 Israel will receive the MV-22 Osprey in the first foreign sale of the tilt-rotor aircraft as part of major arms deals with Mideast allies to guard against the threat from Iran, senior Defense Department officials said Friday. The Ospreys were the […]

The Tsarnaev brothers, according to DEBKAfile

The Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US into terror trap DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis, April 20, 2013, 4:39 PM (GMT+02:00) The big questions buzzing over Boston Bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have a single answer: It emerged in the 102 tense hours between the twin Boston Marathon bombings Monday, April 15 – which left three […]

West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda

An Arms Pipeline to the Syrian Rebels More than 160 military cargo flights for Syria’s rebels, mostly from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have landed in Turkey and Jordan since January 2012. By Sergio Peçanha – The New York Times West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda DEBKAfile Special Report, March 30, […]