Category Archives: Arab World

Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

Muhammad bin Salman and moderate islam James Dorsey questions whether Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s proclaimed quest to “return” to “moderate islam” includes subscribing to concepts of tolerance and pluralism which at present seems unlikely. Read more [...]

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?

US-Saudi nuclear transfer James Dorsey shows how Saudi Arabia “sold” Jerusalem to Israel in return for US nuclear technology, and how Trump plans to transfer US nuclear technology to the Saudis in return for ensuring bids by US companies to build reactors in Saudi are successful. Read more [...]

Trading Jerusalem for war on Iran

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad and President Trump James Dorsey examines how Saudi and UAE complicity in President Trump’s decision to recognise occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital so that the Saudis could pursue their sectarian conflict with Iran could turn the Arab region into a firestorm – again. Read more [...]

The need for cooperation and unity

Competition vs cooperation Graham Peebles examines the destructive effects of competition – the guiding principle of our time – and argues that “cooperation needs to replace competition in all areas, tolerance substituted for prejudice and hate, sufficiency and sharing encouraged in place of excess and greed”. Read more [...]

Tackling corruption: Why Saudi Prince Muhammad’s approach raises questions

Muhammad bin Salman James Dorsey argues that “power and assets rather than anti-corruption” are behind Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s purge of princes and businessmen, and that the aim appears to be “to intimidate and put the kingdom’s elite on notice”. Read more [...]

From an open internet, back to the dark ages

Internet censorship Jonathan Cook says internet censorship has begun with Facebook and Google discriminating against alternative content to that of Western corporate media, and that matters seem set to get worse. Read more [...]

Saudi Prince Muhammad’s Achilles Heel: Misreading tea leaves in Washington

James Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s regional strategy not only risks escalating tensions and raising questions about Saudi Arabia’s ability to successfully confront Iran, but also may be based on a misreading of the dynamics of US policymaking. Read more [...]

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam: Easier said than done

Muhammad bin Salman James Dorsey argues that while the Saudi heir apparent's “proposed reforms have largely been welcomed by Saudi youth… they are likely to stir mixed responses as a result of deep-seated attitudes that have been cultivated for decades”. Read more [...]

How Kurdish independence underpins Israel’s plan to reshape the Middle East

Israeli and Kurdish flags Jonathan Cook views the Iraqi Kurdish secession referendum in the context of Israel’s Yinon Plan, which envisaged breaking apart the Middle East’s key states by fuelling sectarian and ethnic discord and “Balkanising” the region by creating ethnic statelets. Read more [...]

Trump’s chaos produces results: Gulf states upgrade ties to Israel

Bahraini king holding menorah James Dorsey examines moves by Arab Gulf states to seduce Israel, with Bahrain even denouncing the boycott of the Zionist state, possibly in the hope that they can benefit from the Jewish community’s influence in the US. Read more [...]