Category Archives: Middle East

Who stands to gain from unrest in Iran?

By M. K. Bhadrakumar I once had an animated conversation with the Middle East correspondent of a leading Indian newspaper regarding the resilience of the Iranian political system. The year was 2001. The conversation took place in the backdrop of

That’s the real problem Iran’s protests are grassroots

Not foreign – driven, and that’s the real problem By Andrew Korybko Iran’s problem isn’t that foreign forces are politically encouraging the latest unrest and possibly even directly supporting some of the most violent provocateurs to an uncertain extent, but

Netanyahu’s real crimes

By Dr. James J. Zogby After years of investigation and months of delay, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit formally indicted Benjamin Netanyahu for crimes ranging from his violation of public trust to bribery and fraud. Israel’s apologists will argue that

Iraq invasion ‘Godfather’ berates Trump for not thinking of next war in Syria

By Helen Buyniski Unreconstructed neocon Paul Wolfowitz has slammed President Donald Trump for ‘abandoning’ the Kurds, insisting the US will need them next time there’s a war in Syria. Trump’s blunder, then, is thinking wars can “end.” The man once

Second phase of Arab spring

Invisible hands pushing World to unrest Iraqi protests, Catalonians, Hong Kong protests and many more have started to paint a gloomy picture for world peace and stability. People out of their home, apart from raising security concerns have raised several

The endgame begins in Yemen’s war

The power-sharing agreement signed in Riyadh on November 5 between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government headed by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and UAE-backed southern separatist group known as the Southern Transitional Council (STC) gives reason to hope that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed

Here’s where Washington’s focus will shift to after Syria

By Darius Shahtahmasebi Much to Washington’s dismay, China is gaining further momentum in the Indo-Pacific region. As the US president pretends to deploy a hands-off approach to the Middle East, expect China’s gains to fare in the news more often.

How Saudi attacks will continue to benefit American oil companies

By Dan Eberhart Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to restore the 5.7 million barrels a day of oil production knocked out in the September 14 drone and missile attacks on its Abqaiq processing facility. But even if the kingdom can

It’s curtains for United State in Syria Russia, Iran owe big thanks to Erdogan

By M. K. Bhadrakumar The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement

Iran laments Indian apathy to cooperation

The frank remarks to the media this week by Iran’s ambassador to India Ali Chegeni on the dismal state of his country’s relations with India betray frustration and despondency that the Modi government succumbed to US pressure and relegated the