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  • 4th November 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Egypt's Sisi regime has raised the price of fuel dramatically overnight, hours after a decision to let the Egyptian pound "float" (i.e. sink). Both moves are seen as preparing the way for a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. Prices of government-subsidised diesel and gasoline...
  • 2nd November 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This is not a trick question: Why does the governing body for gymnastics in Britain resemble the regime of Saudi Arabia? Answer: Because they both think they are entitled to punish people for blasphemy. In Britain, unlike Saudi Arabia, there is no law against blasphemy – except, apparently,...
  • 30th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Multiple airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen hit two prisons in a Houthi-run security complex yesterday, reportedly killing dozens of people, including prisoners. Other strikes which hit houses in Taiz province are reported to have wiped out two families, including women and...
  • 27th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Britain's parliament yesterday rejected calls for "a full independent UN-led investigation" into alleged war crimes in Yemen and for suspension of British support to the Saudi-led coalition "until it has been determined whether they have been responsible for any such violations". A motion...
  • 26th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Having declared that 2016 is the "Year of Egyptian Youth", President Sisi yesterday inaugurated a conference intended – in Sisi's words – to "have a dialogue and raise hope" among the young. But hope, along with sugar in Egypt, is currently in short supply. At the opening session of the...
  • 20th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In a story labelled "exclusive", Reuters reports that Iran has stepped up transfers of weapons to Yemen's Houthis: "The increased pace of transfers in recent months, which officials said include missiles and small arms, could exacerbate a security headache for the United States ... "...
  • 18th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Within hours of airstrikes that killed at least 140 Yemenis attending a funeral on October 8, the Saudi-led coalition flatly denied any involvement. A week later, the Saudis threw up their hands and admitted responsibility. So how did this sudden U-turn come about? The Saudis might be still...
  • 17th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday the United States, Britain and the UN's special envoy issued a joint call for a rapid and unconditional ceasefire in Yemen. "We are not calling for this in a vacuum," US secretary of state John Kerry said; there have been "communications" with representatives of the Houthis...
  • 15th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia now accepts that it should not have bombed the funeral in Yemen last Saturday, killing at least 140 people and injuring more than 500. A statement issued today through the Saudi government news agency blamed the kingdom's Yemeni allies for instigating the attack based on...
  • 14th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi Arabia is surely relieved. Less than a week after its coalition warplanes committed the worst atrocity of the Yemen war so far, killing at least 140 people at a funeral and injuring more than 500, the heat is off and the media focus has shifted to Iran. The bombing in the Yemeni...
  • 13th October 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The United States, which has been anxious not to acquire the legal status of "co-belligerent" in the Yemen war, yesterday fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at three radar stations on Houthi-controlled Yemeni territory. The strikes signal a further escalation of tensions in the Red Sea which have been...
  • 12th October 2016
    By
    Hiba Zayadin
    What was meant to end in a swift victory for the coalition is rapidly turning into a protracted civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. The Saudi-led intervention has wreaked havoc on Yemen and inflamed sectarian rifts across the Gulf region. Eight months after Saudi Arabia said its...

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