Saudis Sending Death Row Prisoners To Fight With Rebels In Syria

By: Friday September 13, 2013 10:51 am

What is the role of Saudi Arabia in this proposal for a US military strike on Syria? It is not a question you will see asked much in the American media, but you should. Internationally there has been some coverage of the Saudi role, particularly the oceans of cash they’ve been lavishing on jihadist rebels [...]

Assad Blames Saudi Arabia For Driving War

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 8:41 am

One issue that Assad continually raised in his interview with Charlie Rose was the role of Saudi Arabia in driving hostilities. Much of the money for Al Qaeda generally comes from Saudi Arabia and Syria believes the money funding the rebels – both Al Qaeda and non-Al Qaeda – comes from Saudi Arabia.

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:01 am

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil. U.S. oil output is surging [...]

Syria in Chaos After Attack on Regime

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 7:35 am

Yesterday’s attack on the seat of power in Syria (which was not, as initially reported, a suicide attack but a remote-controlled bomb, which actually requires more pre-planning) has completely changed the dynamic in that country. Fighting continues in the neighborhoods surrounding Damascus, the capital, including in patches close to government buildings and the presidential palace. [...]

Syria Rejects Arab League Plan for Assad to Step Down

By: Monday January 23, 2012 1:39 pm

Syria rejected a peace plan from the Arab League that called on President Bashar al-Assad to step down and form a national unity government with the opposition within two months. The Assad regime called the plan “an attack on its national sovereignty and a flagrant interference in internal affairs.” But of course, the Arab League [...]

Military Stimulus: US Selling Tens of Billions in Arms to Middle East Countries

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 11:35 am

Maybe this is the new big plan for the economy: sell as many weapons to the Middle East as possible. Let a million Rosie the Riveters bloom. That this buildup endangers an entire region, one holding the keys to the current energy infrastructure of the world, is just a sidelight to this, I guess. First, [...]

Iran’s Threats to Close Strait of Hormuz Would Have Major Economic Implications

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 11:09 am

Economic forecasts as well as year-end “what to look for” lists cannot possibly take into account unexpected scenarios that could lead to economic catastrophe or international incidents. The death of Kim Jong-il is conceivably one of these unpredictable events on the foreign policy side. The Iranian threat to close off the Strait of Hormuz would [...]

Hillary Clinton Makes Smart Power Case on Syria

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 9:30 am

I actually agree with much of Hillary Clinton’s assessment of the Administration’s Syria policy. “It’s not just brute force, it’s not just unilateralism, it’s being smart enough to say: ‘You know what? We want a bunch of people singing out of the same hymn book,’ ” said Clinton, who appeared with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta [...]

Report: US Convinces Saleh to Not Return to Yemen

By: Monday August 8, 2011 12:10 pm

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been convinced to stay out of Yemen by US officials, according to the Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Saleh, who has been recuperating in Saudi Arabia from wounds sustained in an assassination attempt at his palace mosque months ago, has left the hospital. However, he has not returned to Yemen, [...]

Saudis Pull Ambassador to Syria, In Major Development

By: Monday August 8, 2011 9:30 am

The uprising in Syria may have reached a tipping point. The Arab League has ended its silence on Bashar al-Assad’s brutal repression of protesters and condemned the violence, expressing “growing concern and serious distress” at the attacks. But more important, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador, a crucial vote of no confidence in the Assad regime: [...]

Yemen: Is Saleh About to Return?

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 1:43 pm

CNN reported that the injured, exiled President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, would return to the country as early as tomorrow. Saleh’s senior adviser Ahmed Al-Soufi made the statement. But the State Department was unaware of any return, and the Pakistani news outlet Dawn contradicted this earlier in the week. Wounded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah [...]

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