Saudi visit showcases Putin’s growing Middle East influence

by Stephen Kalin

15 Oct 2019; MEMO: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in over a decade, seeking to capitalise on growing influence borne of military advances in Syria, strong ties with regional rivals and cooperation on energy policy.

Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have been key backers of President Bashar al-Assad amid civil war, while the United States pulled back.

Was Iran really behind the attack on Saudi Aramco facilities?

by Omar Ahmed

On 14 September, state-owned Saudi Aramco’s oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in the Eastern Province were the target of a sophisticated drone and cruise missile attack. The Houthis of Yemen were quick to claim responsibility for “Operation Deterrent Balance 2”, which more than halved Saudi Arabia’s oil output and caused a surge in oil prices by 20 per cent at one point.

Climate emergency: why global mobilization is so important

Our planet is currently facing an unprecedented climate crisis and we are now close to the point of no return. The consequences are already showing signs of irreversibility in many parts of the world, and many are now suggesting the abandonment of the term ‘climate change’ in exchange for language that conveys the seriousness of what is happening.

The crumbling of Indian Economy

By Seema Khan

Niti Ayog chairman Rajiv Kumar dropped a bomb about the current state of Indian economy when he said that in last 70 years he had not seen such financial and  liquidity crunch in the market.

Indian economy was one of the fastest growing economies in the world just before the ‘vikas purush’ Narendra Modi took over country’s reign.

My truth, your truth, their truth, and “the” truth

by Samuel Perez Attias

In the Americas, especially in South America, the conversation surrounding the establishment of western civilization is still referred to as “the discovery of the new world.” But, the fact is that, when the Europeans came to America, it was not quite “new” and neither were they “discovering” it.

Palestinian barriers to healing traumatic wounds

by Dr Samah Jabr

20 Aug 2019; MEMO: Traumatised patients who I see in my office often express negativistic mistrust when I ask them about their feelings: “It is humiliating to complain to anyone other than God”; “Don’t complain about injuries, don’t hurt anyone but yourself”; “Contain your pain in your aching heart to avoid the shame of sharing it”. Such reactions are not just limited to individuals.

Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common

by Ramzy Baroud

Writing under the title of “If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim”, Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious.

“If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim,” Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump “would be lobbing accusations such as ‘Islam hates us’ in the direction of Muslims and not lecturing the public about video games.”

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