The Battle for Control of the Grand Mosque in Brussels

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by James M. Dorsey It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s Parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Stranglehold on Yemen Condemns Thousands to Die in Coming Weeks

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	In Al-Qaflah district there are four IDPs camps (271 households) -  most of the IDPs are from Sa’adah.  Oxfam are providing IDPs in Al-Qaflah camp with water, latrines, food vouchers, hygiene kit, cleaning tools, awareness sessions and cash transfer.

by Scott Paul What happens when the world’s largest humanitarian crisis takes a dramatic turn for the worse?  A catastrophe of astonishing proportions is unfolding before our eyes as Yemen’s Houthi-controlled territory is sealed off and suffocated.  . It is failing. Absent… Continue Reading  

As Trump Slams Pyongyang, Seoul Begins Shift

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by Tim Shorrock After returning from his Asia trip this week, President Trump went on national television to laud the accomplishments he apparently thought the US media had missed on his highly publicized swing through Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and… Continue Reading  

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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by Joshua Kucera The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO. Starting next spring,… Continue Reading  

Reconciling with Extremists in Afghanistan

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by Edward Hunt As the war in Afghanistan enters its seventeenth year, the Trump administration has begun looking for ways to make a deal with the Taliban, offering Taliban officials leadership positions in the Afghan government. In August, President Trump… Continue Reading