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Donald Trump’s speech to the Muslim world was filled with hypocrisy and condescension

So after inventing “fake news”, America’s crazed President on Sunday gave the world’s Muslims a fake speech. Donald Trump said he was not in Saudi Arabia to “lecture” – but then told the world’s Islamic preachers what to say, condemned “Islamist terrorism” as if violence was a solely Muslim phenomenon and then announced like an Old Testament prophet that he was in “a battle between good and evil”. There were no words of compassion, none of mercy, absolutely not a word of apology for his racist, anti-Muslim speeches of last year.

Even more incredibly, he blamed Iran – rather than Isis – for “fuelling sectarian violence”, pitied the Iranian people for their “despair” a day after they had freely elected a liberal reformer as their president, and demanded the further isolation of the largest Shiite country in the Middle East. The regime responsible for “so much instability” is Iran. The Shiite Hezbollah were condemned. So were the Shiite Yemenis. Trump’s Sunni Saudi hosts glowed with warmth at such wisdom.

Source: Donald Trump’s speech to the Muslim world was filled with hypocrisy and condescension | The Independent

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Donald Trump puts US on Sunni Muslim side of bitter sectarian war with Shias

It was crude stuff. President Trump called on 55 Muslim leaders assembled in Riyadh to drive out terrorism from their countries. He identified Iran as a despotic state and came near to calling for regime change, though Iran held a presidential election generally regarded as fair only two days previously.

He denounced Hezbollah and lined up the US squarely on the side of the Sunni against the Shia in the sectarian proxy war that is tearing apart the Middle East.

The impact of US presidential visits and speeches abroad are generally over-rated and turn out to have far less influence than was claimed at the time.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-trip-sunni-shia-sectarian-war-iran-a7748386.html

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Donald Trump’s extravagant trip to Saudi Arabia is a desperately-needed distraction from his crisis at home

President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia tomorrow, mere hours after US bombers attacked pro-Assad militiamen whom the US military say were threatening a base in southern Syria where US and British Special Forces are training rebel fighters.

It would be naïve to imagine that the timing of the US attack, the first intentionally made against Syrian government ground forces in six years of war, was not geared to Trump’s Saudi visit. It has the additional great advantage, from the point of view of the White House, of distracting attention from Trump’s disasters in Washington since he sacked James Comey as head of the FBI and saw a Special Counsel appointed to investigate links between his associates and Russia.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-middle-east-trip-saudi-arabia-airstrike-syria-distraction-tactic-fbi-comey-russia-a7745296.html

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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This is the aim of Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia – and it isn’t good for shia communities

Donald Trump sets off on Friday to create the fantasy of an Arab Nato. There will be dictators aplenty to greet him in Riyadh, corrupt autocrats and thugs and torturers and head choppers. There will be at least one zombie president – the comatose, undead Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria who neither speaks nor, apparently, hears any more – and, of course, one totally insane president, Donald Trump. The aim, however, is simple: to prepare the Sunni Muslims of the Middle East for war against the Shia Muslims. With help from Israel, of course.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-iran-iraq-kurdish-population-shia-muslims-a7742276.html

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman are the most dangerous men in the world – and they’re meeting next week

Many people view Donald Trump as the most dangerous man on the planet, but next week he flies to Saudi Arabia for a three-day visit during which he will meet a man who surely runs him a close second as a source of instability. This is deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31 – the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia since his father King Salman, 81, is incapacitated by old age – who has won a reputation for impulsiveness, aggression and poor judgement in the two-and-half years he has held power. Early on he escalated the Saudi role in Syria, thereby helping to precipitate Russian military intervention, and initiated a war in Yemen that is still going on and has reduced 17 million people to the brink of famine. Combine his failings with those of Trump, a man equally careless or ignorant about the consequence of his actions, and you have an explosive mixture threatening the most volatile region on earth.

Source: Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman are the most dangerous men in the world – and they’re meeting next week | The Independent

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Middle East, North America

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan sends combat troops to southern Saudi border 

The Pakistan army is sending a brigade of combat troops to shore up Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable southern border from reprisal attacks mounted by the Houthis in Yemen, according to senior security sources.

The brigade will be based in the south of the Kingdom, but will only be deployed inside its border, the sources told Middle East Eye. “It will not be used beyond Saudi borders,” one said.

It is the latest twist in a brutal and devastating two-year war, which has killed more than 10,000 people in Yemen, injured over 40,000 and brought the impoverished nation to the verge of famine.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-pakistan-sends-combat-troops-saudi-southern-border-248886071

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2017 in Asia, Middle East

 

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Saudi Arabia’s gambler in charge

By the end of 2015 the BND, the German foreign intelligence service, had grown so concerned that it warned the government about Saudi Arabia’s new Deputy Crown Prince and defence minister, 30-year-old Muhammad bin Salman. “The previous cautious diplomatic stance of older leading members of the royal family,” it wrote, “is being replaced by an impulsive policy of intervention.”
http://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/columnists/2017/2/11/gwynne-dyer–saudi-arabias-gambler-in-charge.html

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Middle East

 

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Saudi Arabia mired in the quicksand of the Middle East

If there is one thing the diplomats posted to Riyadh agree upon, it is that the Saudi leadership analyses the entire regional situation in terms of “the Iranian menace.” “They see the hand of Iran everywhere and take seriously the declarations in the Iranian press, bragging about how Iran now controls four Arab capitals—Baghdad, Sanaa, Beirut and Damascus,” one of them explains. “They are obsessed with Iran,” another chimes in. “They end up forgetting that country is their neighbour and that, however, they may feel about its policies, it’s not going to disappear overnight.” All see this obsession as the main reason for the Saudi intervention in Yemen.“We had no choice, it was an obligation.” This conviction, voiced by a Saudi diplomat, is shared by most of the officials met in Riyadh. “As we see it,” he went on, “Yemen is a domestic problem: we need a stable, friendly regime on our doorstep. It’s a matter of national security.” And he reminded us that the population of Yemen is as large as that of Arabia.

Source: Saudi Arabia mired in the quicksand of the Middle East

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Middle East

 

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Saudi Arabia’s dream of becoming the dominant Arab and Muslim power in the world has gone down in flames

As recently as two years ago, Saudi Arabia’s half century-long effort to establish itself as the main power among Arab and Islamic states looked as if it was succeeding. A US State Department paper sent by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in 2014 and published by Wikileaks spoke of the Saudis and Qataris as rivals competing “to dominate the Sunni world”.

Source: Saudi Arabia’s dream of becoming the dominant Arab and Muslim power in the world has gone down in flames

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Middle East

 

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Boris Johnson was right to criticise Saudi Arabia – but they’re not the only ones to blame 

Stating that Saudi Arabia has been conducting proxy wars was a relatively restrained form of criticism by Boris Johnson. The kingdom has been condemned for a lot more – ranging from funding terrorism and exporting religious intolerance to running a brutal legal system with beheadings and suppressing the rights of women.

In fact the Foreign Secretary was even-handed in apportioning blame for a series of sectarian conflicts in the Middle East, also pointing out that Iran, the great Shia rival of the Sunni Saudis, was also playing its part in orchestrating strife.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/saudi-arabia-boris-johnson-is-right-and-other-ministers-should-speak-out-yemen-human-rights-kim-a7467076.html

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2016 in Europe, Middle East

 

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