The Trump Administration Is Declaring a Fake Emergency to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration chose the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend to invoke an obscure state-of-emergency provision that would allow it to sell billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without giving Congress a chance to block the sale. A Democratic congressional source told The Intercept on Friday that the … Continue reading “The Trump Administration Is Declaring a Fake Emergency to Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia”

Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS

by Austin Bodetti As Iraq continues its lengthy recovery from a ruinous four-year showdown between the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and an American-led coalition, Iraqi officials are determining which aspect of their country’s reconstruction to prioritize. Among the most pressing challenges remains confronting the twin phenomena of climate change and environmental degradation, problems that … Continue reading “Iraq: Beyond Oil and ISIS”

The US Military-Industrial Complex Is a Giant Malignant Virus Eating Away at America’s Actual Military Power

“If we understand that the MIC exists purely to sustain itself and grow, it becomes easier to make sense of the corruption, mismanagement, and war, and understand why, despite warnings over allegedly looming threats, we remain in reality so poorly defended” For a country that spends such vast sums on its national security apparatus—many times … Continue reading “The US Military-Industrial Complex Is a Giant Malignant Virus Eating Away at America’s Actual Military Power”

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump’s personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous.  President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953.  President … Continue reading “Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure”

Iran Notes

“Boys go to Baghdad, but real men go to Tehran” – Bush official, 2003 Gibbon in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Romans, “They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.” West Asia, the Middle East … Continue reading “Iran Notes”

La folie de mener une guerre contre l’Iran…

…alors que c’est la Chine et la Russie qui la gagneront Par Moon of Alabama – Le 15 mai 2019 La tactique d’induire la peur en menaçant d’une attaque contre l’Iran continue de plus belle. Bolton se tape sur les cuisses de constater la facilité avec laquelle il peut jouer de cette menace qui ne … Continue reading “La folie de mener une guerre contre l’Iran…”

The Mysterious “Sabotage” of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump’s Escalating Conflict With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail – but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action. Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, … Continue reading “The Mysterious “Sabotage” of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump’s Escalating Conflict With Iran”

Les médias alimentent la propagande de guerre contre l’Iran…

…en élaborant des renseignements mensongers  Par Moon of Alabama – Le 11 mai 2019 L’administration Trump a lancé une campagne de propagande pour préparer le public à une guerre contre l’Iran. La campagne est semblable à celle menée par l’administration Bush en 2002 et 2003 pour préparer la guerre en Irak. Des responsables anonymes font des … Continue reading “Les médias alimentent la propagande de guerre contre l’Iran…”

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, … Continue reading “US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage”

Syrie : Moscou s’oppose à toute position commune de l’ONU

La Russie s’est opposée hier à toute position commune du Conseil de sécurité, lors d’une réunion à huis clos sur la situation à Idleb en Syrie, où les hostilités redoublent depuis fin avril, selon des diplomates. Lors d’une déclaration solennelle aux médias à l’issue de la réunion, 11 pays du Conseil sur 15 – un … Continue reading “Syrie : Moscou s’oppose à toute position commune de l’ONU”

ONU: Palestiniens et Américains s’opposent

Palestiniens et Américains ont affiché jeudi des positions aux antipodes sur le futur plan de paix que doit dévoiler en juin Washington. Ils ont exprimé leurs points de vue lors d’une réunion du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU sur la colonisation israélienne dans les territoires palestiniens. En présence de Jason Greenblatt, conseiller de Donald Trump … Continue reading “ONU: Palestiniens et Américains s’opposent”

Islam and Environmentalism

by Austin Bodetti Across the Global South, community leaders, politicians, and scientists are wrestling with how to rally their compatriots to combat climate change and prepare their countries for the dangers of environmental degradation. In several corners of the Muslim world, academics and environmentalists have looked for inspiration from a source that has mobilized countless … Continue reading “Islam and Environmentalism”

L’Arabie Saoudite obsédée par le Mondial de football de 2022

La perspective de voir le frère ennemi qatari abriter le Mondial de football en 2022 donne de plus en plus de cauchemars aux Séoudiens Le tableau qui peut être dressé des droits humains et des libertés publiques en Arabie Saoudite est totalement noir, juge dans une récente édition le Financial Times, prestigieux quotidien économique britannique. … Continue reading “L’Arabie Saoudite obsédée par le Mondial de football de 2022”

Kane Hamidou Baba, candidat à la Présidentielle : «La Mauritanie est un État raciste»

Assez sévère avec l’actuelle gouvernance politique de son pays, le candidat à la Présidentielle récuse pourtant la suggestion qu’il serait le représentant de la communauté négro-mauritanienne aux prochaines joutes. Il estime au contraire que son programme de gouvernement est inclusif et ne laisse aucun Mauritanien au bord de la route. Néanmoins, cela passe, pour lui, … Continue reading “Kane Hamidou Baba, candidat à la Présidentielle : «La Mauritanie est un État raciste»”

Should I Feel Guilty That Joe Biden Speaks to Me?

Former Vice-President Joe Biden has several clouds hanging over his candidacy, if not skeletons coming out of the closet. He’s 76 years old. If elected president, he would be the oldest elected president in U.S. history. He’s touchy-feely with women, many of whom have complained about how he made them feel uncomfortable. He can’t apologize … Continue reading “Should I Feel Guilty That Joe Biden Speaks to Me?”

Le ramadan commence lundi en Arabie saoudite et en France

Le ramadan 2019 débutera lundi 6 mai en Arabie Saoudite, ont annoncé les autorités religieuses ce samedi. Le mois sacré débutera également lundi dans plusieurs pays musulmans comme le Qatar, le Koweït et l’Irak. En France, où vit une importante communauté musulmane, le ramadan débutera également lundi, a annoncé le Conseil français du culte musulman … Continue reading “Le ramadan commence lundi en Arabie saoudite et en France”

Trump’s Disastrous Plan for the Muslim Brotherhood

by Emile Nakhleh The Trump administration’s on-going discussions to designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terrorist organization would harm America’s national security and destabilize Sunni Muslim countries, many of whom are presumed allies of the United States. Despite objections to such designation from within the administration, President Trump seems to have been persuaded by Egypt’s … Continue reading “Trump’s Disastrous Plan for the Muslim Brotherhood”

Iran-USraël : compte à rebours vers la guerre

Combien de temps avant qu’USraël et l’Iran n’en arrivent aux coups directs ? Le compte à rebours a commencé. Quelques jours seulement nous séparent du 2 mai, lorsque le deuxième et dernier stade des sanctions US contre l’Iran entrera en vigueur. L’administration Trump veut mettre fin à toutes les exportations de pétrole de l’Iran, qui … Continue reading “Iran-USraël : compte à rebours vers la guerre”

The real Energy Return of Crude Oil: smaller than you would have imagined

  A simple but important study by Luciano Celi shows what is the real energy return that oil companies manage to attain. Much smaller than you would have believed, in several cases it is today well below 10. Which means that renewable energies already produce a larger EROI than oil and gas. No more excuses … Continue reading “The real Energy Return of Crude Oil: smaller than you would have imagined”

Signs of Redemption Amidst Arab Political Upheavals in the Age of Trump

by Emile Nakhleh The anti-regime convulsions currently underway in Algeria and Sudan are the latest version of an “Arab Spring” that erupted in 2011 and that Arab autocrats and their security regimes ultimately quashed. The massive street protests in Algeria and Sudan forced the presidents of both countries—Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Omar al-Bashir—to resign. Thousands of … Continue reading “Signs of Redemption Amidst Arab Political Upheavals in the Age of Trump”

U.S. Ends OIl Sanctions Waivers for Iran

by Aveek Sen U.S. sanctions waivers for Iranian oil that the United States issued to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Taiwan won’t be renewed on May 2, according to the White House. Iran retaliated by saying that it will close the Strait of Hormuz, a major naval choke-point, through which a … Continue reading “U.S. Ends OIl Sanctions Waivers for Iran”

The rise and rise of Iran: How Tehran has become pivotal to the future of the Middle East

Iran and the US are once again on a dangerous collision course. President Trump’s search for excuses to decertify the July 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, is exacerbating new tensions in their frayed relations. The US, in a bid to keep the Iranians in check and maintain its interests in the Middle … Continue reading “The rise and rise of Iran: How Tehran has become pivotal to the future of the Middle East”

RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Now that Mueller’s $40 million Humpty Trumpty investigation is over and found wanting of its original purpose (to retire Trump), perhaps the ruling class can return without interruption to the business of destroying the world with ordnance, greenhouse gases, and regime changes. A few more CIA-organized blackouts in Venezuela (it’s … Continue reading “RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!”

Gulf Insurance Group – Kuwait Selects Beyontec Suite to Drive Digital Operations

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, -Wednesday 17 April 2019 [ AETOS Wire ] Beyontec, a global insurance information and technology solutions provider with significant business presence in Kuwait and Middle East Region today announced that it has been selected by Gulf Insurance Group Kuwait (gig-Kuwait) to implement the Beyontec Suite, its core solution, across General, Group … Continue reading “Gulf Insurance Group – Kuwait Selects Beyontec Suite to Drive Digital Operations”

L’« Otan arabe » sérieusement compromise

Alors que le projet de « deal du siècle » des États-Unis devrait être prochainement révélé, l’Égypte a fait savoir, le 14 avril 2019, qu’elle ne participerait pas à l’Alliance stratégique moyen-orientale (Middle East Strategic Alliance) dite « Otan arabe ». Le retrait de l’armée arabe la plus nombreuse obère le projet. L’Égypte estime ne … Continue reading “L’« Otan arabe » sérieusement compromise”

Le vrai taux de retour énergétique du pétrole brut

… est plus petit que vous ne l’auriez imaginé. Par Ugo Bardi – Le 5 mars 2019 – Source CassandraLegacy Une étude simple mais importante de Luciano Celi montre quel est le taux de retour énergétique réel que les compagnies pétrolières parviennent à atteindre. Beaucoup plus petit que vous ne l’auriez imaginé. Dans plusieurs cas, … Continue reading “Le vrai taux de retour énergétique du pétrole brut”

More of the Same at the Arab League

by Ali Bakeer and Giorgio Cafiero When the Arab League held its annual summit last month in Tunisia, a major focus was on Palestine and the Trump administration’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Tunisia’s president hailed the gathering as a “summit of solidarity and determination.” One after another, leaders and … Continue reading “More of the Same at the Arab League”

Bye, Bye Saudi: Saudi Arabia’s Mythical Ghawar Oil Field Is Being Depleted Faster Than Anyone Knew

A single oil field in the Shia east of the country used to produce more oil than the entire country of Iraq, Iran, Canada or Venezuela It was a state secret and the source of a kingdom’s riches. It was so important that U.S. military planners once debated how to seize it by force. For … Continue reading “Bye, Bye Saudi: Saudi Arabia’s Mythical Ghawar Oil Field Is Being Depleted Faster Than Anyone Knew”

Plateforme Refinitiv : La criminalité financière en débat

Œuvrer à faire de la préservation de l’intégrité du secteur financier l’un des principaux axes du développement de la région MENA (Moyen-Orient /Afrique du Nord) est ce à quoi ont appelé les participants au 13e sommet sur la «Lutte contre la criminalité financière dans la région MENA», qui s’est tenu il y a quelques jours … Continue reading “Plateforme Refinitiv : La criminalité financière en débat”