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China signals possible greater Middle East engagement

China signals possible greater Middle East engagement

Two initiatives send the clearest signal, yet, that China may be gearing up to play a greater political role in the Middle East. Touring the region this week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi laid out five principles Middle Eastern nations would need to adopt to achieve a measure of regional stability. He called on the region’s rivals “to respect each other, uphold equity and[Read More…]

by 03/28/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Subtly, China pressures Gulf states to reduce regional tensions

Subtly, China pressures Gulf states to reduce regional tensions

Co-Written by James M. Dorsey and Alessandro Arduino Public debates about China’s Middle East policy are as much internal Chinese discussions as they are indications of where Beijing’s thinking is going and efforts to nudge countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to accommodate potential policy changes. Relying on scholars rather than officials, China is signalling to Gulf[Read More…]

by 11/18/2020 Comments are Disabled World
Pandemic-pain in Kuwait and Oman: Salary withheld and wine served

Pandemic-pain in Kuwait and Oman: Salary withheld and wine served

Kuwait has not enough cash to cover state salaries beyond October. And, Dubai again has loosened laws governing alcohol sales and possession of liquor. These developments are due to the coronavirus pandemic and the fall in oil price. A Bloomberg report – “Kuwait Can’t Pay Salaries Beyond October, Minister Tells Parliament” – on August 19, 2020 said: Kuwait has 2[Read More…]

by 08/20/2020 Comments are Disabled World
Navigating War: Has The War In Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?  

Navigating War: Has The War In Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?  

When a veteran war reporter like Robert Fisk constructs his argument regarding the siege of Aleppo based on ‘watching’ video footage, then one can truly comprehend the near impossibility of adequate media coverage on the war in Syria. In a recent article in the British ‘Independent’, Fisk reflects on the siege, uprising and atrocious Nazi massacres in Warsaw, Poland in[Read More…]

by 12/15/2016 2 comments World
Dennis Ross: Propagandist

Dennis Ross: Propagandist

Dennis Ross was the director of policy planning in the State Department under President George H. W. Bush, was a leading Middle East peace envoy under President Bill Clinton, served as a special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and served two years as a special assistant to President Barack Obama. As Ross has been deeply involved in[Read More…]

by 09/28/2016 2 comments World
Obama’s Legacy Of Failure In The Middle East

Obama’s Legacy Of Failure In The Middle East

In order to create a semblance of objectivity and fairness, the American policymakers and analysts are always willing to accept the blame for the mistakes of the distant past that have no bearing on the present, however, any fact that impinges on their present policy is conveniently brushed aside. In the case of the creation of Islamic State, for instance,[Read More…]

by 08/21/2016 2 comments Imperialism
Inside the Middle East – Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

Inside the Middle East – Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

Reading Inside the Middle East is quite an adventure. I learned that I probably am a fairly quixotic fanatic tilting at windmills; that I need to learn how to be a critical thinker “demanding that concepts and narratives be replaced with facts and reality;” that I “need to fine tune [my] critical thinking and analytical capacities; all that so I[Read More…]

by 08/20/2016 2 comments Book Review
America’s War For The Greater Middle East – A Military History

America’s War For The Greater Middle East – A Military History

America’s War for the Greater Middle East – A military history. Andrew J. Bacevich. Random House, New York, 2016. Andrew Bacevich has written a series of books on the topic of U.S. imperialism and U.S. military power. His latest work, America’s War for the Greater Middle East [the GME War] is the latest in this series and as with the[Read More…]

by 06/17/2016 Comments are Disabled Book Review, Imperialism