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  

No, Neocons, America Is Not “Tilting toward Iran”

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by Derek Davison Jim Lobe has already noted the swarm of neocons rushing to defend Saudi Arabia in the latest escalation of its ongoing rivalry with Iran, and Eli Clifton has explained how big money has bought a certain fealty… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Quagmire

On his second day of taken on the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed visits Liberia.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (SRSG and Head of UNMEER) in a meeting at the Ebola Operation Center (EOC) in Liberia.
 
Monrovia, Liberia, on 6 January 2015
Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

by Thomas W. Lippman Three months after Saudi Arabia rounded up a few allies and began an intensive bombing campaign against the rebels known as Houthis across the border in Yemen, a conventional wisdom has developed. “It has not worked,”… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Worries Grow Over Saudi Ties

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News As the administration of President Barack Obama continues wrestling with how to react to the military coup in Egypt and its bloody aftermath, officials and independent analysts are increasingly worried about the crisis’s effect… Continue Reading  

“Diamonds for Peanuts” and the Double Standard

by Marsha B. Cohen The New York Times’ op-ed page headlined “Hopes for Iran”, which offers half a dozen cautious-to-negative views on Iran’s president-elect Hassan Rouhani, unexpectedly links to a “Related Story” published last year: Should Israel Accept a Nuclear Ban?… Continue Reading