A Showdown for War or Peace

In pressing for negotiated settlements to the Iranian nuclear dispute, President Barack Obama is challenging the imposing lobbying, propaganda and financial clout of the new Saudi-Israeli alliance.

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Kerry’s Saudi-Israeli Appeasement Tour

Robert Parry Consortium News http://66.147.244.69/~consoru7/2013/11/06/kerrys-saudi-israeli-appeasement-tour/ Saudi Arabia faults President Barack Obama for demonstrating a lack of leadership in confronting Middle East crises, by which the kingdom means he should have intervened militarily in the Syrian civil war and fully backed the Egyptian coup d’etat. But Obama’s real lack of spine...

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How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World

The Muslim world’s historic – and deeply tragic – chasm between Sunni and Shia Islam is having worldwide repercussions. Syria’s civil war, America’s craven alliance with the Sunni Gulf autocracies, and Sunni (as well as Israeli) suspicions of Shia Iran are affecting even the work of the United Nations. Saudi...

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The Last of the Sheiks?

When the Gulf monarchies’ exceptionalism inevitably runs out of steam, and it will, their populations will be well placed to take their part in the bigger, regionwide shift in the political order.

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The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Robert Scheer TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_prince_meet_the_man_who_co-opted_democracy_in_the_middle_east_20130826/ Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era. How slick for this head of the Saudi Intelligence...

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