Thought for the day

"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise." -- Winston Churchill

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U.S. ALLIES ARE SETTING THE MIDDLE EAST ON FIRE MikeRivero Thu, 12/08/2022 - 12:49

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told The Intercept on Monday that he could bring a Yemen War Powers Resolution to the floor of the Senate for a vote “hopefully next week.”

How the UAE turns its interests into US policy MikeRivero Wed, 12/07/2022 - 07:53

UAE meddling in U.S. politics is now a national security concern, according to a classified report compiled by U.S. intelligence officials and briefed to policymakers in Congress and the executive branch.

Jordanian authorities arrested at least 30 teachers and activists on Monday, in addition to Sufyan Tell, a member of the country's political opposition.

China looks to strengthen Arab ties as US pivots from Middle East MikeRivero Mon, 12/05/2022 - 06:26

Beijing has said it will not seek geopolitical self-interest in the Middle East, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected trip to the China-Arab Summit next week in Saudi Arabia.

In an official document entitled Report on Sino-Arab Cooperation in a New Era, China’s foreign ministry stated the principles of China’s policies towards the region.

US approves anti-drone system sale to Qatar worth $1bn MikeRivero Wed, 11/30/2022 - 06:44

The US State Department has approved the potential sale of a $1bn anti-drone system to Qatar, the pentagon said on Tuesday.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the statement said.

Qatar to send Germany millions of tons of natural gas in first major deal MikeRivero Wed, 11/30/2022 - 06:42

Qatar has announced its first major gas deal with Germany, as countries in western and central Europe attempt to move away from reliance on Russian gas.

Qatari Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi said on Tuesday that up to two million tons of Qatari liquefied natural gas per year would be transported to Germany beginning in 2026.

The gas contract is set for 15 years, while QatarEnergy, a state-run company, is eyeing other gas deals with European countries.

Watch: Only Israeli lives matter to the British media redress Fri, 11/25/2022 - 12:09
Dr Husam Zomlot, Head of the Palestinian Mission to the United Kingdom: 

"On the background of yesterday’s [23 November] events in Jerusalem: I asked the [Channel 4 News] presenter [Krishnan Guru-Murthy]: Why do you hurry to invite us for interviews when there are dead and wounded Israelis, when you didn’t invite us during the past days when the [Israeli] occupation army killed 11 Palestinians, including five children?...">>

Are we obsessed with Israel? redress Wed, 11/23/2022 - 14:40

Mohamed El-Doufani says we must not lose sight of one legacy of British imperialism, Israel, its persecution and oppression of the Palestinians, its nuclear and chemical weapons arsenal, and its disregard for international law and institutions. >>