The arrogant and impatient young Mohammed Bin Salman, who shouldered aside a raft of uncles and cousins to grab power as crown prince, is something new in Saudi history. The Al Saud, the royal family, had functioned as an oligarchy, but King Salman and his hyperactive son have concentrated power in their hands in an […]
Archives for December 2018
As Trump Gets out of Syria & Afghanistan will Mercenaries & Blackwater Come In?
By Paul Rogers | – At the end of 2003 the United States-led war in Iraq was going badly wrong. It had started so well from the Pentagon’s perspective, as American troops entered Baghdad within weeks of launching the invasion in late March. The regime crumbled and a statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled. The […]
Germany’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Down 6% in 2018
By Julian Wettengel | – ( Clean Energy Wire ) – Germany’s energy-related CO₂ emissions dropped by more than six percent year-on-year as the country consumed “significantly” less energy in 2018, but with a greater share of renewables than last year, said energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB). Increased fuel prices, mild weather and […]
Young Girl’s Tragic Story makes her a Symbol of the Yemen War
By Jamil Nasser with Dana Moukhallati in Dubai Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | – Buthaina Mansur al-Rimi’s life has changed drastically since last year — orphaned in Sanaa, the little girl controversially ended up in Saudi Arabia for medical care and has just returned to Yemen’s capital. Her entire immediate family was wiped out in […]
Giza is in the News: Can You Pass the Egypt Quiz?
By Jeffrey Rudolph | – (Political Quizzes) – When widespread demonstrations forced Egypt’s long-time dictator, Hosni Mubarak, to resign as president in February 2011, it appeared as if this important Arab state was destined for dramatic, positive change. However, in less than twenty-nine months, Egypt’s military ended the country’s democratic experiment and reinstated an even […]
Are Saudis Deploying Army of Sudanese child-soldiers in Yemen?
Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir is said to have demanded from these Gulf countries $2 billion for every 1,000 Sudanese troops deployed in Yemen.
Rightwing Iran’s Policy in post-US Syria is to Block Kurdish Left
Iran needs Turkey to escape US sanctions and to help stymie cooperative socialism among Kurds
Europe, UK, France & Turkey Reject Israel’s Plans for new Squatter Homes in Palestine
The Union stressed that Israel’s decision undermines the viability of the desired two-state solution and the possibility of lasting peace.
Egypt Kills 40 ‘Terrorists’ in Crackdown after Giza Attack
Giza, Egypt | AFP | – Egyptian police killed 40 suspects in a crackdown on Saturday after a roadside bomb hit a tour bus claiming the lives of three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide. Thirty alleged “terrorists” were killed in separate raids in Giza governorate, home to Egypt’s famed pyramids and the scene of […]