Saudi Arabia

No, Mr. Trump. Jerusalem is Not Israel's Capital. Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia writes to US President Donald Trump

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:05
Jerusalem, December 2017

 

 

[Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia is not a liberal nor a radical. He is as conservative as you get - having served between 1977 and 2001 as the director general of Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency (al-Mukhabarat al-a'amah). He has also been Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United Kingdom and the United States. This is a letter that he has written to US President Donald Trump regarding Trump's pledge to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is worth considering that this establishment figure in Saudi Arabia has put his marker down on the table. Let there be no illusio

Déjà vu - return to Libya and Puerto Rico

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 02:59
Lampedusa, Italy

 

Dear Friends,

There was a time when you could not look at a newspaper or watch television news without mention of the refugee crisis - the lines of desperate people coming across into Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan from Syria or the legions of people going across the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe. War and poverty were the drivers of these people, whether they fled Afghanistan across Iran through Turkey towards Europe or they left Cameroon through Nigeria into Niger and then upwards to Libya. Each individual, each family carried with them a tragedy, a million tragedies on the road towards so

Saudi Arabia's Tantrum

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:35
The Fist, Jeddah

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The city is full of remarkable sculptures. This one is by the French sculptor César Baldaccini and it is called The Fist. Where it sits in Jeddah is known as the Fist Roundabout.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia - Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) - has put his fist down on his country, arresting his fellow princes and other businessmen, throwing a tantrum to collect revenues not only for a faltering Saudi economy but for his grand plans to build a new city on the northern edge of Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia faces defeat in S

Afghanistan and the Media

Submitted by admin on Sat, 08/26/2017 - 05:37
The tribal chiefs of Paktia province

 

Dear Friends,

No end to the American war in Afghanistan. In fact, US President Donald Trump wants to extend the war - to send in more troops and to bomb the country into further reaches of oblivion.

When did this war begin? The contemporary phase was in October 2001, when US President George W. Bush refused to negotiate with the Taliban for the transfer of Osama Bin Laden and instead launched a massive attack across the country. The longer war began - perhaps - on 3 July 1979, when US President Jimmy Carter signed a directive to provide covert aid (money and arms) to the reactionary mujahid

Yemen & Iran

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/11/2017 - 03:20
Yemen
Tyler Hicks, The New York Times

 

Dear Friends,

Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen continues. By August 9, the main airport in northern Yemen - Sana'a International Airport - had been out of commission for the past year. This has meant great hardship for people as humanitarian relief could not reach the country easily and as those with medical problems could not exit the country. Relief agencies released a letter pointing out that more people died this past year because the airport has been closed by the Saudi bombardment than have died from the actual fighting. This, essentially, was the main

West Asia and Comrade Charlie Chaplin

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 02:09

 

Dear Friends,

Bad news comes from the eastern Saudi city of Qatif, where the National Guard has been running rampage through the city in the name of counter-terrorism. The police has been going after young dissenters, but also migrant workers who are mainly from South Asia. I have seen pictures of Indian and Bangladesh men lying naked on the sidewalk, being held in place by heavily armed Saudi guardsmen. There is also a photograph of a South Asian man lying dead in a side-street. I am trying to get as much information as possible from contacts in the region, but little has come out beyond

Qatar, Saudi, Trump

Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:44
Qatar, Saudi, Trump

 

Dear Friends,

In Turkey last night there was a demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar. The Turkish parliament voted to hasten deployment of thousands of its troops to the emirate. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have moved to the Saudi border. Iran has pledged to supply Qatar with food and water, while Qatar Airlines flights have diverted their routes through Iranian and Turkish air-space.

The Saudi-Emirati drive against Qatar is not new and nor should it come as a surprise. Nor should the Turkish push to protect its ally - both patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood.

At Alternet, I have a

Arabia Without Sultans

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:06
ماجد العيسى - هواجيس | Majedalesa - Hwages

 

 

<Arabia Without Sultans> Once more the magician Majed Al-Esa releases a song and a video - tearing, in his own way, into the absurdities of Saudi state suffocation of society. The song is called Hwages - Concerns. The women offer one biting statement after another - If only god would rid us of men; men make us mentally ill; they're making us insane. Donald Trump, in his House of Men, makes a cameo. The end of the song is lovely - the tempo drops, we move to Bedouin music and so it ends. The song has already been a big hit inside Saudi Arabia. I hope you'll enjoy it too: https://www.youtu