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  • 2nd February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    While the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House has been greeted with horror in many parts of the world, his fellow autocrats in the Arab Gulf states have been giving him a much friendlier reception. Trump spent an hour on the phone talking to the Saudi king last Sunday. The views of...
  • 1st February 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Monday Houthi fighters struck a Saudi warship off the coast of Yemen, killing two of its crew and wounding three others. On Tuesday, under a banner saying "EXCLUSIVE", Fox News came up with a startling and hard-to-believe claim. Citing unnamed officials at the Pentagon, it said the "...
  • 31st January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When Donald Trump issued his now-notorious travel ban on Friday it was couched mainly in terms of protecting the US from terrorism. Framing it in this way gave its racist undertones an aura of respectability, though thankfully there were millions of people who refused to be fooled. Many opponents...
  • 30th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Donald Trump, America's new ruler, had an hour-long phone conversation yesterday with his Saudi counterpart, King Salman, and allegedly they agreed on just about everything. The Saudi government news agency reported: "The views of the two leaders were identical on the files that were...
  • 29th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Donald Trump ended his first week as president by signing an executive order that means citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will not be allowed to enter the United States. Although the travel ban is one of a series of measures aimed – according to Trump – at "...
  • 27th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In an apparent policy shift, Britain's foreign secretary has suggested that Bashar al-Assad could be allowed to contest a future presidential election in Syria. Since the start of the conflict in 2011, Britain has insisted that there can be no sustainable peace while Assad remains in power,...
  • 25th January 2017
    By
    Wael Eskandar
    On the sixth anniversary of the Egyptian uprising that ousted President Mubarak, Wael Eskandar asks: "Was it worth it?" Six years have passed since that fateful day on January 25, a day that changed Egypt. Two years ago, as Egypt started palpably plummeting into a terrible state, people...
  • 25th January 2017
    By
    Omar Mashjari
    A guest post by Omar Mashjari The countries making up the Arabian Peninsula are no strangers to British influence, none are more impacted by this influence today than Yemen. Unlike the dominant Gulf States which were never formally colonialised by Britain, Yemen’s second city, Aden, was a...
  • 22nd January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Numerous social media accounts associated with Voiceless Victims, a mysterious and possibly sinister "human rights" organisation, have been deleted over the last couple of weeks. Voiceless Victims had approached Amnesty International and other established organisations with a view to cooperating...
  • 20th January 2017
    By
    Mustafa Habib
    The volunteer militias formed to fight the Islamic State group are now policing Baghdad’s neighbourhoods. But as they do, they compete with the real police, ignore the real laws and often act more like a mafia. By Mustafa Habib in Baghdad (reposted from niqash.org) In Baghdad, Jafar al-...
  • 18th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yesterday I received a disturbing message from a young man in Yemen who fears for his life – not because of the tragic war there but because of something that he wrote. Twenty-year-old Mohammed Atboush (seen in the video above) is a medical student in Aden and the son of a judge. He...
  • 17th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    One much-repeated argument in favour of Brexit is that it will "liberate" Britain from the "burden" of complying with EU regulations. For several weeks now, the British government has been trumpeting the prospect of compensating for lost trade with Europe by boosting trade with the Gulf...

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