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Saudi Attempts to Use the Houthis against the Muslim Brotherhood Backfired in Yemen

Yemen is being bombed into accepting a Saudi-mediated pseudo-dialogue that really aims to reinstate Al-Hadi and restore Yemen as an authoritarian state that follows Saudi Arabia and the US. In this context, a mixture of Arabian intrigues, petro-politics, and geopolitics are all at play... The Israeli-Saudi alliance in Yemen is being relieved as the Kingdom and Israel have united with the US against the Houthis. Like the Cold War, mercenaries and foreign fighters will eventually enter the picture too.

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 11.04.2015


 

War in Yemen: Historic Prerequisites and Geopolitical Aspects (I)

...Mehmet Kiliç Bey, a well-known Turkish expert in economy and political science, compares the internal conflict in Yemen with other bloody conflicts in the Muslim world - the war between Iran and Iraq, civil wars in Afghanistan and Algiers, bloody skirmishes in Indonesia and the Philippines. In a report issued before the first term of President Bush, Jr., the US Intelligence National Council’s experts listed the Yemen as a country facing the highest risk of conflict along with Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 09.04.2015


 

US-Saudis Terrorise Yemen to ‘Cry Uncle’

Nearly two weeks of unrelenting air strikes on Yemen by a US-backed Saudi foreign coalition is turning the already impoverished Arab Peninsula country into a humanitarian disaster. The imposed suffering seems to be part of a policy to coerce the Yemenis into accepting a US-endorsed talks process aimed at rehabilitating the ousted Washington and Saudi-backed regime of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. 

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 07.04.2015


 

Yemeni Crisis: Broader Geographical Implications

The intervention of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia in March 2015 escalated the drawn-out internal conflict in Yemen. It may threaten stability far beyond the borders of Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. Ansar Allah («Supporters of God»), a Zaidi Shia group, known more popularly as the Houthis, started an offensive in February capturing Sana, the capital of Yemen... The crisis in Yemen can be considered as the continuation of Arab Spring... The Houthis group takes its name from Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who launched an insurgency in 2004 in the north-western province of Saada... They say that the group has to defend its religion (Zaidism – a branch of Shia Islam) from Sunni Muslims supported by the country’s rulers who act in the interests of Saudi Arabia and the United States...

Boris DOLGOV | 04.04.2015


 

The Geopolitics behind the War in Yemen (I)

...The truth has been turned on its head about the war in Yemen. The war and ousting of President Abd-Rabbuh Manṣour Al-Hadi in Yemen are not the results of «Houthi coup» in Yemen. It is the opposite. Al-Hadi was ousted, because with Saudi and US support he tried to backtrack on the power sharing agreements he had made and return Yemen to authoritarian rule. The ousting of President Al-Hadi by the Houthis and their political allies was an unexpected reaction to the takeover Al-Hadi was planning with Washington and the House of Saudi...

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 30.03.2015


 

Ankara - Riyadh: A Geopolitical Fault Line (II)

...Ankara is keeping a close eye on every step Saudi Arabia takes. Özcan Tikit, a columnist for the Turkish newspaper Habertürk, notes that «the Saudi leaders’ demands have raised concerns for Obama»... There is reason to believe that in the future the Turkish aspect of its foreign policy will be more meaningful for Washington than the Saudi element. Zbigniew Brzezinski was partial to that view in the late 1990s, noting that Ankara «stabilizes the Black Sea region, controls access from it to the Mediterranean Sea, balances Russia in the Caucasus, still offers an antidote to Muslim fundamentalism, and serves as the southern anchor for NATO»...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 29.03.2015


 

Ankara - Riyadh: A Geopolitical Fault Line (I)

...In some regional conflicts (primarily in Syria), Ankara and Riyadh are tactical allies, but since both countries aspire to regional leadership, the natural result is an intensification of their rivalry and discord. This process is accompanied by, on one hand, both countries’ attempts to win over the United States, and on the other, by the search for new allies, which can include Russia...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 28.03.2015


 

Yemen: Next War Begun in Middle East

With the support of other Arab countries Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in neighboring Yemen on March 26. The aircraft attacked the positions of Shia formations in Sana, the capital of the country... Besides air operations, Saudis have pledged to contribute 150,000 soldiers with heavy weapons to the newly formed coalition including Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar... Egypt has already said it is ready to send army, air force and naval units to the area. Another war has begun in the Middle East...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 27.03.2015


 

The Barriers to Iranian – American Rapprochement: Israel and Saudi Arabia (II)

Among US clients and allies in the Middle East there are fears that the security of their regimes had been compromised or that the US has secretly sold them off during its bilateral and multilateral negotiations with Iran. The Saudi-controlled media and its propagandists went into overdrive frantically deriding and lamenting Washington’s decision to engage Tehran in direct and public high-level diplomatic dialogue whereas Israeli leaders said that the agreement should be rescinded...

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 24.01.2014


 

Is Iran Being Lured to Shore up US Hegemony in Middle East?

...Iran has so far remained staunch in its support for the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad. But in the run-up to the Geneva II political negotiations, scheduled for next month, on the transitional future of Syria, it would appear that Iran is being lined up to extract concessions from its Syrian ally in order to meet Western objectives of regime change in that Arab country. The multi-billionaire-dollar sanctions relief being dangled in front of Iran by the West and the normalization of economic relations could prove to be an acute pressure point on Iran to peddle these Western demands...

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 04.12.2013




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The Transatlantic Partnership and the Monetary Sovereignty of Europe

On 20 April, the ninth round of negotiations between US and EU representatives on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in New York. Officials on both sides of the Atlantic are referring to the figure of $100 billion as the main argument in favour of the agreement. Apparently, this is the amount that the combined GDP of the US and the 28 EU member countries will increase by. So far, nobody has given any clear explanations as to where this estimate has come from... A European not well-versed in politics does not yet understand what to expect from the TTIP...

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