Ventes d’armes à Riyad : Washington invoque «l’agression iranienne», le Congrès proteste

L’administration américaine de Donald Trump a annoncé le 24 mai de nouvelles ventes d’armes à l’Arabie saoudite et aux Emirats arabes unis, en invoquant «l’agression iranienne» pour contourner un Congrès de plus en plus hostile à l’attitude de Riyad. Le chef de la diplomatie américaine Mike Pompeo a confirmé le recours à une procédure d’«urgence» … Continue reading “Ventes d’armes à Riyad : Washington invoque «l’agression iranienne», le Congrès proteste”

AL ULA, le fabuleux roman de la France-Arabie … Par Hedy Belhassine

Source : Proche & Moyen-Orient, Hedy Belhassine, 29-04-2019 Le premier roman de tous les temps en Arabie saoudite a été écrit il y a tout juste soixante ans par une femme native de La Mecque. Samira était fille de l’unique chirurgien du Royaume et mère de Dodi, celui-là même qui en 1997 dans le tunnel … Continue reading “AL ULA, le fabuleux roman de la France-Arabie … Par Hedy Belhassine”

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”

A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations

by James M. Dorsey Results of a recent annual survey of Arab youth concerns about their future suggest that Arab autocracies have yet to deliver expected public services and goods, explain autocratic efforts to promote nationalism, and indicate that jobs and social freedoms are more important than political rights. The survey provides insights that should … Continue reading “A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations”

Trump’s “Emergency” Sale to Saudi Arabia Must Not Stand

by William D. Hartung Congressional opposition to U.S. support for the brutal Saudi/UAE war in Yemen has been growing in the past few years. It has underpinned the work of a network of peace, human rights, and humanitarian aid groups who are moved to end what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst … Continue reading “Trump’s “Emergency” Sale to Saudi Arabia Must Not Stand”

War is War on Mother Earth

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair “In order to achieve the massive systemic and cultural transformations required for mitigating climate change…we’re going to have to deal with the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by U.S. foreign policy that is pouring fuel on the fire of global warming.” – Stacy Bannerman Climate Change Causes War  There is … Continue reading “War is War on Mother Earth”

Senator Schumer’s Divine Mission

Back on 31 March 2019 I wrote an essay entitled “God and U.S. Foreign Policy.” The central figure in that essay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that God is at work when it comes to both sustaining Israeli society as well as the U.S. foreign policies that underpin it. … Continue reading “Senator Schumer’s Divine Mission”

L’Arabie saoudite exécutera trois éminents dignitaires religieux modérés après le Ramadan

Le traitement réservé à Salman al-Ouda, Awad al-Qarni et Ali al-Omari, tous les trois accusés de « terrorisme », a été condamné par des organisations de défense des droits de l’homme Trois érudits saoudiens modérés, incarcérés pour de multiples accusations de « terrorisme », seront condamnés à mort et exécutés peu après le Ramadan, selon … Continue reading “L’Arabie saoudite exécutera trois éminents dignitaires religieux modérés après le Ramadan”

Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

by James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another war, sees as the best way to either force Tehran to its knees or achieve … Continue reading “Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions”

Journalistes convoqués par la DGSI : la majorité se félicite que la France soit «un Etat de droit»

«Je suis très profondément attachée à la liberté d’informer» : la porte-parole du gouvernement Sibeth Ndiaye ne voit rien d’inquiétant dans la convocations de journalistes par la Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI), dont la liste s’allonge.  Ces 22 et 23 mai, plusieurs nouveaux journalistes révélaient avoir été convoqués par la DGSI : Valentine Oberti, une … Continue reading “Journalistes convoqués par la DGSI : la majorité se félicite que la France soit «un Etat de droit»”

Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, … Continue reading “Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists”

A New Volkisch Mythos

“Greta is able to see what other people cannot see, { } She can see carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how it flows out of chimneys and and changes the atmosphere in a landfill.” – Malena Ernman (mother of Greta Thunberg), ‘Scenes from the heart. Our life for the climate’ “If you want … Continue reading “A New Volkisch Mythos”

Sudanese Revolution Subject to Regional, International Interference

The Sudanese revolution fell victim to disagreements in the Arabian Gulf region, especially those between the Saudi-Emirati-Egyptian alliance on the one hand and the Turkish-Qatari alliance on the other. Protesters in Sudan believe that the Saudi-Emirati-Egyptian alliance is trying to hijack the revolution, prevent the transfer of power to civilians and support the military council … Continue reading “Sudanese Revolution Subject to Regional, International Interference”

MBS vu par Christine Ockrent : L’irrésistible ascension d’un prince kamikaze

MBS. Trois petites lettres qui désignent Mohammed ben Salman, le prince héritier d’Arabie Saoudite, un colosse d’1m90 au caractère ombrageux. MBS intrigue, inquiète et donne des sueurs froides même à ses proches. A peine intronisé par son père, le roi Salman, le jeune prince enchaîne les tornades. Guerre contre le Yémen, guerre diplomatique avec le … Continue reading “MBS vu par Christine Ockrent : L’irrésistible ascension d’un prince kamikaze”

War with Iran: The Pretext of Proxies

by Kevin L. Schwartz The prospect of war between the United States and Iran is more likely than it has been in decades, with the pretext for justifying a U.S. military strike or invasion already in place. In recent weeks, leading Iran hawks in the Trump administration have presented a framework to assign culpability to … Continue reading “War with Iran: The Pretext of Proxies”

Does the Soviet Regime-Change Analogy Apply to Iran?

by Eldar Mamedov Among regime-change advocates, it´s long been de rigeur to invoke the way the President Ronald Reagan dealt with the Soviet Union as a template for hastening the demise of the Islamic Republic. According to this view, Reagan, armed with moral clarity, almost single-handedly defeated the USSR. If only current Western leaders had … Continue reading “Does the Soviet Regime-Change Analogy Apply to Iran?”

US Defense Industry Is Spending Millions on Lobbying so It Can Keep Helping Saudis Bomb Yemeni Civilians

A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into the village and, as at any good … Continue reading “US Defense Industry Is Spending Millions on Lobbying so It Can Keep Helping Saudis Bomb Yemeni Civilians”

Al Qods occupée : Riyad, Rabat et Ankara se disputent le statut de gardien des Lieux saints

Les visions de l’Arabie Saoudite ne datent pas d’aujourd’hui : Riyad, qui a déjà récupéré le contrôle des Lieux saints de La Mecque et de Médine qui était assuré par la Jordanie, espère devenir gardienne de la Mosquée Al Aqsa. Le très attendu plan de paix américain au Moyen-Orient a ravivé la compétition entre l’Arabie … Continue reading “Al Qods occupée : Riyad, Rabat et Ankara se disputent le statut de gardien des Lieux saints”

Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War

by Mark Perry America’s 18-year war on terrorism just got complicated—or, perhaps, it just got more complicated. At the center of the complication is the tiny state of Qatar, the Persian Gulf emirate that hosts the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, U.S. Central Command’s forward headquarters for the region and home of the Air Force’s 379th … Continue reading “Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War”

Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted

It’s been a year since women’s right activist Loujain al-Hathloul was detained and jailed in Saudi Arabia for leading a movement to lift the kingdom’s ban on female drivers and overhaul its male “guardianship” system. Despite international outcry, she’s been imprisoned ever since. During that time, her family says, she’s been held in solitary confinement … Continue reading “Family of Jailed Saudi Feminist Loujain Al-Hathloul: She Was Waterboarded, Flogged & Electrocuted”

Des dockers italiens manifestent pour empêcher un chargement de matériel vers l’Arabie saoudite

Après les péripéties du cargo saoudien Bahri-Yanbu qui devait charger «huit canons [français] de type Caesar» au port du Havre le 10 mai (ainsi que l’a révélé le site d’investigation Disclose), mais qui n’a finalement pas fait d’escale dans le port français en raison de la polémique soulevée en France, une autre livraison a été chahutée en … Continue reading “Des dockers italiens manifestent pour empêcher un chargement de matériel vers l’Arabie saoudite”

L’Arabie saoudite était informée à l’avance des attentats au Sri Lanka

La police du Sri Lanka a arrêté un prédicateur wahhabite, Mohamed Aliyar, directeur du Centre de guidance islamique de Kattankudy, ville de l’Est à majorité musulmane. Il serait lié à Zahran Hashim, le chef de l’opération conduite par Daesh à Pâques et qui a coûté la vie à près de 270 personnes et blessé plus … Continue reading “L’Arabie saoudite était informée à l’avance des attentats au Sri Lanka”

Africains les mieux payés en 2019 : Sadio Mané dans le Top 10

Beaucoup de fans de football diraient que Samuel Eto’o qui évolue au Qatar, reste le joueur africain le mieux payé dans le monde du football. Mais, selon une récente enquête sur les salaires des joueurs africains les mieux payés, il est ressorti que l’ex-pichichi de la Liga espagnole ne l’est pas. En effet, selon coupsfrancs.com, … Continue reading “Africains les mieux payés en 2019 : Sadio Mané dans le Top 10”

Italian Dockworkers Refuse to Load Saudi Ship Carrying Weapons for Yemen War

Italian unions have refused to load cargo onto a Saudi ship carrying weapons, in protest against Riyadh’s war on Yemen. The dock workers have gone on strike, refusing to work until the ship leaves port in Genoa. While the Saudi Arabian ship, the Bahri-Yanbu, was expected to leave for Jeddah by the end end of … Continue reading “Italian Dockworkers Refuse to Load Saudi Ship Carrying Weapons for Yemen War”

Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes

Photograph Source: Technical Sergeant John L. Houghton, Jr., United States Air Force – Public Domain In its escalating confrontation with Iran, the US is making the same mistake it has made again and again since the fall of the Shah 40 years ago: it is ignoring the danger of plugging into what is in large … Continue reading “Trump is Making the Same Mistakes in the Middle East the US Always Makes”

Expert Speaks: India’s Battery Innovations Could Make Green Energy Affordable for All

This article is part of a series by experts in support of the ATL Tinkering Innovation Marathon – organised by Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and The Better India. Read more about the marathon here. “The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out … Continue reading “Expert Speaks: India’s Battery Innovations Could Make Green Energy Affordable for All”

Les armes affluent vers Tripoli et Benghazi malgré l’embargo : Libye, une guerre par procuration ?

Le gouvernement d’union nationale (GNA), soutenu par les Nations unies et dirigé par le Premier ministre Fayez Al Sarraj, a reçu samedi une cargaison de véhicules blindés et d’armes en violation de l’embargo des Nations unies sur la Libye. «Le GNA encourage ses forces à défendre Tripoli avec des véhicules blindés, des munitions et des … Continue reading “Les armes affluent vers Tripoli et Benghazi malgré l’embargo : Libye, une guerre par procuration ?”

Tanker Attack Was Imaginary, but US Says Iran Did It

BREAKING OVERNIGHT OIL TANKERS ATTACKED SAUDI ARABIA CLAIMS SHIP HEADING TO US SABOTAGED – ABC News on-screen headline, May 13, 2019 BREAKING OVERNIGHT SAUDI OIL TANKERS ATTACKED ENERGY MINISTER SAYS SHIPS WERE TARGETED IN “SABOTAGE ATTACK” –CBS News on-screen headline, … The post Tanker Attack Was Imaginary, but US Says Iran Did It appeared first … Continue reading “Tanker Attack Was Imaginary, but US Says Iran Did It”

Dealing with Iran: Today’s Yellow Journalism?

by Robert E. Hunter At long last, the U.S. mainstream media (print division), much of Congress, and the Washington think-tank commentariat are waking up to the prospect of a war with Iran and not liking what they see. Iran as a problem? Yes. But worth yet another Middle East war? No thanks. This epiphany is … Continue reading “Dealing with Iran: Today’s Yellow Journalism?”

From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf

Photograph Source: U.S. Navy sailor aboard USS Maddox – Public Domain Beijing. The number of world wars should bury the argument that history does not repeat itself. But the detail is different, and the devil is in the detail. Iran. Can warmongers again offer the arguments of weapons of mass destruction? No. The Iraq playbook … Continue reading “From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Persian Gulf”

Targeting Iran

Photograph Source: Tasnim News Agency – CC BY 4.0 A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region. The … Continue reading “Targeting Iran”

The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition

The West alleges that the Venezuelan opposition is peaceful and democratic; however, their extensive history of right-wing violence proves otherwise. The Venezuelan opposition is led by a predominately white bourgeoisie, the US state department and its allies. The US state department has provided at least $49 million since 2009 in aid for Venezuelan right-wing opposition … Continue reading “The Violent History of the Venezuelan Opposition”

Insecurity: Zamfara State Leaders Join Buhari in Makkah to Pray for Peace

By RAZAQ BAMIDELE London, May 20, 2019 (AltAfrica)-President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, had Iftar dinner (a fast-breaking meal), a daily ritual during the holy month of Ramadan, in the company of Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and the Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Tambari. During the event, President Buhari expressed sadness over the loss … Continue reading “Insecurity: Zamfara State Leaders Join Buhari in Makkah to Pray for Peace”

Dictature technologique: L’appli WhatsApp de Facebook espionne les usagers…

Nous l’avons dit il y a longtemps et le répèterons sans cesse: vivons heureux, vivons cachés et débranchés !… La technologie moderne qui culmine avec la 5G se mettant en place n’est qu’un outil de contrôle et de destruction de nos vies, au sens social comme au sens physique du terme, la 5G est un … Continue reading “Dictature technologique: L’appli WhatsApp de Facebook espionne les usagers…”

Offensive des Houthis du Yémen contre des objectifs saoudiens, émiratis

Les Houthis du Yémen ont annoncé dimanche que les frappes contre des installations de la compagnie pétrolière saoudienne Saudi Aramco mardi dernier étaient le début d’une campagne contre 300 cibles militaires, a annoncé dimanche l’agence de presse Saba contrôlée par le groupe chiite. Les cibles comprennent des quartiers généraux et des sites militaires vitaux aux … Continue reading “Offensive des Houthis du Yémen contre des objectifs saoudiens, émiratis”

Les Américains «ont peur de la guerre» : les Gardiens de la Révolution iraniens défient Washington

Dans la région du Golfe Persique, personne ne dit vouloir de conflit armé, mais presque tout le monde en brandit la menace. Et face aux Etats-Unis, l’Iran ne baisse pas la garde. Le général Hossein Salami, commandant du corps des Gardiens de la Révolution islamique (GRI), a affirmé le 19 mai que l’Iran ne voulait … Continue reading “Les Américains «ont peur de la guerre» : les Gardiens de la Révolution iraniens défient Washington”

Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report

London, May 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Western nations such as US, China and emerging military powers such as India and Turkey are projecting their military might throughout East Africa rather than the interest of the region, a new report says. The study carried out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) noted that some of these … Continue reading “Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report”

Video of Nigerian president Buhari running in Saudi Arabia breaks the net

London, May 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A video of President Muhammadu Buhari running while performing the Lesser Hajj in Makkah has triggered a lot of reactions online, as it belies the vile propaganda about his health. President Buhari and wife Aisha pray for Nigeria in Makkah (NAN) The video shot by NTA and shared by many Twitterati … Continue reading “Video of Nigerian president Buhari running in Saudi Arabia breaks the net”

L’Arabie saoudite se dit prête à riposter de «toutes ses forces» aux récentes attaques de drones

L’Arabie saoudite ne veut pas de guerre dans la région mais est prête à réagir «de toutes ses forces» si l’autre partie la déclenche, a déclaré le ministre d’État saoudien aux Affaires étrangères lors d’une conférence de presse. Adel al-Joubeir, ministre d’État saoudien aux Affaires étrangères, a affirmé lors d’une conférence de presse que l’Iran … Continue reading “L’Arabie saoudite se dit prête à riposter de «toutes ses forces» aux récentes attaques de drones”

The Explosive Road to Peace in Yemen

by Khalid Al-Karimi Hopes for peace in Yemen—or at least progress towards constructive political talks—rose this week. The Houthis began on Saturday to withdraw from Hodeida’s three ports, marking a tentative breakthrough in the four-year war in the country. Initially, the UN hailed the Houthi pullout from some zones in Hodeida as “very good.” This … Continue reading “The Explosive Road to Peace in Yemen”

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”

Media Stenography Turns Beheaded Saudi Protesters Into ‘Terrorism’

Saudi Arabia executed 37 men on April 23, as it announced in a press release in its official gazette. The first line of the release read, “Saudi Arabia said it executed 37 citizens last Tuesday after they were convicted of terrorism.” A cursory Google search would have shown that this assertion was completely false. But many in the US … Continue reading “Media Stenography Turns Beheaded Saudi Protesters Into ‘Terrorism’”

How to Lobby Washington to Death

by Mashal Hashem and James Allen A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents constructed for the event, music flooded into … Continue reading “How to Lobby Washington to Death”

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran

Here we go again. Sixteen years after the U.S. media helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and lies about the threat posed by Iran. The 64,000-rial question, therefore, is whether or not journalists … Continue reading “Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran”

Algerian Uprising’s Regional Repercussions

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz On May 9, Algeria’s authorities arrested Louisa Hanoune and charged her with “conspiracy against the state” and “undermining the military.” Hanoune is not involved in the ongoing uprising, but she consistently spoke out against the harsh government liquidation of the Islamists parties in the 1990s. She is the leader of the … Continue reading “Algerian Uprising’s Regional Repercussions”

Un grand froid entre le Maroc et l’Arabie Saoudite

Plusieurs jours après les actes de sabotage contre des navires saoudiens dans les eaux émiraties, Rabat garde le silence. Jusqu’à quand? Si plusieurs pays arabes, alliés traditionnels des Al Saoud et des Emirats , ont apporté leur soutien à Riyad ou du moins appelé à la désescalade, les autorités marocaines n’ont émis aucune réaction.  Pour … Continue reading “Un grand froid entre le Maroc et l’Arabie Saoudite”

Russia and the Iran Crisis

by Mark N. Katz As tensions ratchet up between Washington and Tehran, Moscow has adopted a more measured approach. Putin, along with many of Washington’s Western allies, has criticized the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement reached during the Obama years. Moscow also joined with the other signatories—the UK, … Continue reading “Russia and the Iran Crisis”

Une mobilisation pour entraver le Bahri Yanbu

Le vendredi 10 mai, le cargo saoudien Bahri Yanbu devait charger des armes françaises à destination de l’Arabie saoudite au port du Havre. Il a finalement quitté la rade du port du Havre sans y avoir accosté et surtout sans son chargement. Une bonne nouvelle ! La mobilisation autour du chargement prévu au Havre a … Continue reading “Une mobilisation pour entraver le Bahri Yanbu”