Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of his Saudi counterpart General Abdul Rahman Al-Bunyan, Chief of Staff of the Saudi Armed Forces. The visit was the first of its kind in decades for a senior Iraqi military official, according to Alsharq Alawsaat newpaper. The visit aimed to “discuss important issues through cooperation ...

Houthis slam Saleh over threats to end alliance

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Houthi militias responded to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s threats by ending their partnership with him and accused him of obstructing work signifying that disputes between them have reached their peak following months of escalation. Saleh al-Sammad, who heads the Houthi-led Supreme Political Council, slammed the unrecognized government which the rebels formed after staging the coup and asked: “What partnership do you speak of when you are the ones obstructing the role of the political ...

Hezbollah and Arab Shiites in Gulf countries

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

When it comes to the impact of Hezbollah’s role on politics and security in the Middle East, it is necessary to first talk about Iran’s role in detail. For all intents and purposes, Hezbollah is the political and military arm of the theocratic regime in Iran and is considered the vanguard among ‘the followers on the path of Al-Imam’. In fact, Hezbollah cadres are the most well trained and best prepared among members of this broader movement — the followers on the ...

Kamel Al-Khatti

Has Kuwait sided with Qatar?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Gulf Cooperation Council annual summit is near. This year’s summit is set to be held in Kuwait. Will the summit be held? If so, will Qatar be invited? What’s the stance of Kuwait, the summit host country? I am afraid the last question’s answer is foggy as Kuwait’s stance is not clear enough even though it’s acting as a mediator. This raises a legitimate question: Has Kuwait sided with Qatar and is it still humoring it? It actually seems that Kuwait is not ...

Jameel al-Thiyabi

Gulf states, Muslim bloc reject UN report on violation of children’s rights in Yemen

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejected the UN’s annual report issued Thursday which included the Saudi-led coalition among the violators of children’s rights in war-torn Yemen. GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani said he rejects the statistics included in the UN report and which are based on unreliable sources that support the Houthis’ militias and Saleh’s forces. Zayani also voiced hope that the UN bases its reports on ...

Why has Qatar chosen the option of defiance?

Friday, 6 October 2017

Qatar has adopted one concept for its approach while responding to the four Arab countries that have decided to boycott it: do whatever it can to fail their plan and force them to reconcile with it. It redirected itself towards Iran and restored relations with Hezbollah. It’s funding Houthi militias in Yemen and hostile Islamic extremist groups that oppose the boycotting countries. It also supports the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) and wants to criminalize Saudi Arabia ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Three Gulf countries set to increase petrol prices during October

Monday, 2 October 2017

The United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar will increase petrol and diesel prices during the month of October. UAE and Qatar increased prices of all kinds of petrol and diesel from prices set in the month of September. Meanwhile, Oman increased the price of their premium petrol and diesel only. According to the new prices petrol in the UAE remains the highest priced in the Gulf followed by Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. Saudi Arabia remains the country with the lowest priced petrol charging 24 ...

UAE begins collecting ‘sin tax’ on tobacco, energy drinks and soft drinks

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A new tax dubbed the “sin tax” is being implemented in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, with a fee being added to tobacco products and soft drinks. Tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed at 100 percent and soft drinks at 50 percent. The new tax push comes as the UAE and other oil-rich Gulf nations have struggled with low global energy prices. The UAE will start collecting a 5-percent value-added tax on certain goods in January. All six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, ...

Why the UAE celebrates Saudi national day

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The UAE joined Saudi Arabia in celebrating the 87th Saudi national day this year. It has done so for years amid a celebratory atmosphere that includes official and popular events. The UAE celebrates the national day of several countries, particularly brotherly Gulf countries but its celebrations of Saudi Arabia’s national day are special and unique. So why does the UAE celebrate it? The bonds of history, close ties, common language, culture, habits and traditions and the nature of mutual ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

What next for Kuwaiti-North Korean relations?

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Amid the United States and North Korea’s intensifying standoff, Washington is pressuring its Middle Eastern allies to help Washington further isolate Pyongyang. Along with Egypt, Kuwait is doing so. Despite Kuwait’s close alignment with the United States and North Korea’s support for Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War of 1990/91, Kuwait and Pyongyang established diplomatic relations in 2001. There have been thousands of North Korean laborers in Kuwait for years with the regime in ...

Giorgio Cafiero

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