Western Arms Trade To The Middle East: Not for Peace and Nothing Learnt

Western Arms Trade To The Middle East: Not for Peace and Nothing Learnt

  Comment by Jan Oberg With a focus on the Saudi war on Yemen, this episode of PressTV’s News Line takes up the larger problem of the “weaponization” of conflicts that makes them almost impossible to solve. Syria would be another good example of this insanity. Jan Oberg has argued before that governments and private […]

Mass starvation as a political weapon

Mass starvation as a political weapon

  January 27, 2018 Mass starvation killed more than three million people in Stalin-era Ukraine in the 1930s and more than 18 million in China during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yet by the start of this century, famines like those were all but eliminated, Alex de Waal […]

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is steadily consolidating power in Riyadh and positioning himself to become the most powerful ruler in Saudi history. His rise has been accompanied with a ratcheting up of hostilities against Iran and even war rhetoric. As Saudi-Iran tensions increase, the lived experiences and leadership […]

Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Middle East: A Bridge to Nowhere

Trump’s National Security Strategy and the Middle East: A Bridge to Nowhere

By Emile Nakhleh December 29, 2017 • President Trump’s new National Security Strategy and the negative reaction his announcement on Jerusalem has generated in the UN Security Council and General Assembly do not bode well for America’s relations with friendly Arab countries and the wider Islamic world. Arab peoples and media seem bewildered by the […]