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Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia

Losing Syria and Iran

January 16, 2012

This summer a senior Saudi official told Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, that “The king knows that other than the collapse of the Islamic Republic itself, nothing would weaken Iran more than losing Syria.” This is today’s “great game” – losing Syria. And this is how it is played: set up a hurried transitional […]

Iran and regime change in Syria

November 7, 2011

Regime change in Syria is a strategic prize that outstrips Libya – which is why Saudi Arabia and the west are playing their part This summer a senior Saudi official told Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, that from the outset of the upheaval in Syria, the Saudi king has believed that regime change would […]

US drone bases throughout the Middle East

October 18, 2011

The Air Force is now negotiating with Turkey to relocate some of the Predator drones still operating in Iraq to the giant air base at Incirlik next year. Elsewhere in the Greater Middle East, according to Aviation Week, the military is launching Global Hawks from Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, piloted […]

Woman whipped for driving in Saudi Arabia

September 27, 2011

A Saudi woman was sentenced Tuesday to be lashed 10 times with a whip for defying the kingdom’s prohibition on female drivers, the first time a legal punishment has been handed down for a violation of the longtime ban in the ultraconservative Muslim nation. Making Tuesday’s sentence all the more upsetting to activists is that […]

If Yemen falls so too will the Dollar Reserve Currency?

June 7, 2011

As Afghanistan is the key to Middle Asia, so Yemen is the key to “Arabia.” It is perched on the edge of one of the most important waterways in the world and fronts the soft underbelly of Saudi Arabia – the part where many of the most profitable oil wells are located. Without Saudi willingness […]

Osama bin Laden How and why he was radicalized

May 17, 2011

Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of al-Quds al-Arabi, provides the following insights: I spent three days with Osama bin Laden in 1996 when I traveled to the remote, mountainous Tora Bora area of Afghanistan to interview him. I found him gently spoken, humble — even shy — and extremely polite. It is difficult to reconcile these […]

China on why Libya is bombed while Bahrain and Yemen get away with repression

April 26, 2011

Africa is absolutely crucial for China’s energy strategy. Let’s take a look at China’s top oil suppliers: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Angola, Russia, Oman and Sudan. At the strait of Hormuz – through which transits Saudi, Iranian and Omani oil – China is hostage of the local policeman, the US 5th Fleet, which also patrols the […]

Selective US concerns over Arab repression

April 21, 2011

If President Barack Obama wanted to place Washington “on the right side of history” during the ongoing “Arab Spring”, his reaction to recent events in Bahrain will likely make that far more difficult. While Obama and his Administration has called for regime change in Libya, it has remained remarkably restrained about the escalating crackdown by […]

Why is Libyan suppression different than Saudi or African oppression?

March 9, 2011

Shades of hypocrisy! Why is Libyan suppression different than Saudi oppression, or oppression in other African nations? For decades the U.S. has looked upon the suffering of millions of Africans with indifference but now they are trying to convince us that it is a “moral imperative” that we intervene in the civil war in Libya. […]

Oil and the destabilization of formerly stable authoritarian Arab regimes

March 6, 2011

Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed. In 2009, suppliers in the Middle East and North Africa jointly produced 29 million barrels per day, or 36% of the world’s total oil supply. Compare this to Russia, […]