Killing More Innocents Than We Admit

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by Paul R. Pillar Anyone willing to think carefully and critically about the use of armed force against a target such as the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) would do well to read the intensively researched piece in The New… Continue Reading  

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  

MbS: Pride Cometh Before the Fall?

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by Shireen Hunter Until only a few months ago, Saudi Arabia’s conduct of its domestic and foreign policies was largely characterized by a good deal of caution, a lack of bombast, and a respect for established traditions. One area where… 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