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  • The Red Sea Clog-Up

    Middle East / The Red Sea Clog-Up

    The narrow Red Sea corridor has been a vital trade route for centuries, big powers have ensured their dominance on this region and this is a story of how they have and still manipulate the lives of the people living along the Red Sea

  • The Socotra Issue

    Middle East / The Socotra Issue

    The Yemen War and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, seem to have catalyzed the appetite of acquiring control of islands from the South China Sea to the northern tip of the Red Sea – this practice has also put pressure on the build-up of naval forces and facilities around the world

  • Syria – In the Arab World

    Middle East / Syria – In the Arab World

    It is easy to understand that a nation that had been fighting for several decades, first against the Turks and then against the French for independence, self-determination and for an Islamic Arabism – that it would never be happy under a minority control – a minority of heterodox Muslims, that many Sunni Arabs did not even accept to be an authentic form of Islam – many Syrian Sunnis regard the Alawite as a sect more heretical than the Jews.

  • Iran Iraq War - Roots of Malice

    Middle East / Iran Iraq War - Roots of Malice

    So fear and lust both prompted Saddam to act militarily. Though 80% of Iraq’s population is Arab but 51% is also Shia, which gives it a slight majority over the Sunnis. And if this Shia population decided to stand with Khomeini that would be an utter disaster for Saddam’s Iraq.

  • Geopolitics of Saudi Yemen War

    Middle East / Geopolitics of Saudi Yemen War

    The US and Britain interests in Yemen were always vital because of its proximity to the Bab al Mandab Strait... there was no point in controlling the Suez Canal if you did not control the Bab al Mandab.