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Yemen: Prospects Uncertain

Rich Saudi lobby enjoys strong position in the United States. Some believe it to be more influential than the Jewish one. On March 9, 47 US Republican senators signed an open letter to the Iranian leadership addressed to «leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran» declaring that any agreement without legislative approval could be reversed by the next president «with the stroke of a pen»... True, lifting sanctions is an issue of paramount importance for Iran. For the sake of reaching this goal Tehran is ready to make concessions when it comes to other issues, like Yemen, for instance. But things look different when you are told directly that the nuclear deal has no chance to be ratified...

Arkady DZIUBA | 16.04.2015


 

Pakistan and Decisive Storm in Yemen

Looks like Islamabad tries to dodge taking an active part in the military operation against Yemen. Pakistani Prime Minister Navaz Sharif owes Saudi Arabia. It saved his life and let his clan prosper. Thanks to kingdom’s interference he was exiled from the country instead of facing the death sentence handed down by the country’s Supreme Court in 2001. Sharif was sheltered by Saudi Arabia after the coup that overthrew him in 1999. The benevolent attitude of kingdom’s ruling circles contributed to success of his family business. Now Riyadh is irritated by the fact that personal close relationship with the Prime Minister does not guarantee Pakistan’s participation in the operation against Yemen...

Igor PANKRATENKO | 14.04.2015


 

As the War Escalates, Yemen Risks Disintegration, With No End in Sight

The al-Amari family was asleep in their home in Yarim, a town some 80 miles south of the Yemeni capital, when the airstrike hit, killing six of them. It was March 31, nearly a week into the air offensive launched by Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen. At around 2:30 AM, a missile crashed into a gas tanker, witnesses said, turning the street into an inferno that lit up the night sky and burned residents alive.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 12.04.2015


 

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 is Peace in Yemen

In his essay entitled, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell says, “political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Orwell, whose writings are more prescient with each passing year, would wince at the words of Saudi Arabia’s Brigadier General Asiri, who, in a recent press conference, defended Saudi Arabia’s unprovoked war in Yemen by saying, “all we are trying to do is to make sure that there is security in Yemen.”

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 10.04.2015


 

The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine

To suggest that the United States policies in Yemen was a ‘failure’ is an understatement. It implies that the US had at least attempted to succeed. But ‘succeed’ at what? The US drone war had no other objective aside from  celebrating the elimination  of whomever the US hit list designates as terrorist.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 09.04.2015


 

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

...Turkey and Iran have some experience of mutual cooperation, including common search for a solution to the issues related to the nuclear program. If the project of U.S.-Iranian-Turkish alliance based on common foreign policy and energy goals becomes true, then Saudi Arabia may take reckless steps including launching its own nuclear program to follow the example of Iran. 

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 09.04.2015


 

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


 

Saudi Arabia May Stop Being US Major Regional Ally

Riyadh is dissatisfied with the United States’ Middle East policy. The US stand on Iran’s nuclear program and the looming normalization of relations between Washington and Tehran are the main apples of discord. Iran is the main Saudi Arabia’s rival for influence in the Persian Gulf and the whole Middle East. The kingdom is the leading US satellite in the Arab world. All of a sudden it faces the possibility of losing its position... With a settlement reached on nuclear program and sanctions lifted, Iran may become a more attractive partner in the eyes of Americans.

Nikolai BOBKIN | 08.04.2015


 

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




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...It makes sense to replace the currency (especially the dollar) component of international reserves because the era of cheap gold in the world is coming to an end. A sharp increase in the price of gold is anticipated. This is indirectly indicated by events like the end of the London Gold Fix in March 2015. The world is moving over to a new, more liberal system for setting gold prices. In these new conditions, Russia has a big advantage over other countries – it is one of the leading gold-producing countries.

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