From Reuters: Egyptian air strikes destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with arms, ammunition and explosive material trying to cross the border from Libya, the army spokesman said on Tuesday. The airforce acted after hearing that "criminal elements" had gathered to try and cross the western boundary, the army statement said, without giving details on exactly where … Continue reading Egypt’s War On Sunni Supremacism Goes To Libya
From Reuters: Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was appointed crown prince by his father King Salman on Wednesday, replacing his cousin who is 26 years his senior. This made the prince, who already oversaw defense and energy policy, the most powerful figure in the country by some stretch after the octogenarian monarch. Already more than a … Continue reading Meet Mohammed bin Salman, the Last King of Saudi Arabia
Especially after the downing of a Syrian jet by the Americans. It's in The Sun, on talk radio, and of course whispered by the "underground" corners of the Internet. Passive monitoring of geopolitical movements have led far too many to conclude the next world war is right around the corner. It isn't. Not that it can't be, just that it … Continue reading Quit Talking About World War III
In 2012, the Kony YouTube campaign went viral. It took an obscure guerrilla war and thrust it into the public's frontal lobe, sparking back and forths about the efficacy of online advocacy (and shining a harsh light on its creator's later meltdown). It also shamed the United States government into deploying Special Forces to a … Continue reading The Lord’s Resistance Army Exploits Trump’s Withdrawal of American Troops
(The original of this appeared on American Politics Made Super) As always, yes and no. Yes because the ideology of austerity-driven neoliberalism, that which is championed by Theresa May’s suddenly flailing government, is a major component of the ruling Republican Party in the United States. It’s what Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, believes in … Continue reading Does the UK election mean anything for the U.S.?
Why would Saudi blockade a fellow Gulf Arab? Qatar proffers a vision of the future Riyadh hates.
Bahrain is one of the world's smallest countries, and is the 5th most dense country on Earth. It has a starkly visible Shi'a-Sunni divide - one that can be seen plainly from space, as poor Shi'a slums bump up against plush Sunni ones. It is also a critical Middle Eastern bellwether. It was the first … Continue reading Bahrain is (still) in crisis as the UN slams the island-kingdom