Wednesday, June 7, 2017


What connects former President Obama and the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the wars in the Middle East and North Africa and explains Western hate mongering against Russia? This rabbit hole goes deep. We pick up the story after President Trump's historic speech in Riyadh, cementing an alliance with over 50 Sunni Arab states against Iranian sponsored terrorism. 

UPDATE: It is no surprise that Germany would side with Iran's proxies Hamas and Qatar against the Sunni anti terrorist allies. The Europeans in general were warm promoters of Obama's deal with Iran; as soon as the agreement was implemented, German trade representatives scrambled to sign contracts in Tehran. Since Mrs Merkel's remarks last week that she can no longer trust the US to blindly go along with the globalist agenda, it has become clear that Germany and France mean to follow a course separate from the Atlantic Alliance. The German FM has  now made up an American doctrine called "Trumpization".
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has accused the US president of stirring up conflicts in the Middle East and risking a new arms race as Qatar's neighbors cut diplomatic ties. Saudi's foreign minister is visiting Berlin. Gabriel told Germany's Handelsblatt business newspaper that what he termed a "Trumpization" of interactions in the already crisis-shaken Middle East region was extremely dangerous. "US President Trump's recent giant military contracts with Gulf monarchies raise the risk of a new spiral in arms sales," Gabriel warned in the interview to be published Wednesday. (More)
President Trump claimed credit for the diplomatic moves against Qatar, on Twitter, saying: “So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding…[of Radical Ideology]” Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Qatar of funding extremists such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Al Qaeda. (More)

Erdogan of Turkey is also making the wrong choice. But that is also not unexpected.

June 6, 2017



The move by Sunni states to close ranks against Qatar has been so well planned that even Maldives joined the effort, squaring off of Sunni interests against Shi’ite expansionism, and pressure on Qatar’s emirate to make a firm choice between the two. Qatar is also home to the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, which is home to the forward headquarters of the U.S. military’s Central Command. It wasn’t clear if the decision would affect American military operations. Saudi Arabia said it took the decision to cut diplomatic ties due to Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region” including the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) group and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom’s restive Eastern Province. (...)

The catalyst at the moment might be Iran’s attempts to use the breakdown in Iraq to build a land-based line of communication to its Hezbollah proxies in Lebanon. In both Syria and Iraq Shi’ite militias backed by Iran are moving toward the border. If they can come together on both sides of the frontier and create a band of control, a longtime Iranian aspiration will be fulfilled: to establish a land corridor through which the Iranians can freely move forces, weapons and supplies from Tehran through Iraq to the Assad regime in Syria, and even west of there to Hezbollah in Lebanon. (...) 

Recent statements from the emir in support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood appears to have been the final straw — and that comes at a very interesting time, as Ha’aretz also notes: This exceptional move came after reports of statements attributed to Qatar’s ruler Sheikh Tamim Bin-Hamad, according to which he objected to the hostile attitude adopted by Gulf States and the U.S. against Iran, “a great state that contributes to regional stability”. He also allegedly stated that Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brothers are not terrorist organizations but resistance movements – also declaring Hamas to be the only legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people.

Qatar later denied that bin-Hamad ever made that statement, and accused the UAE of conspiring with Israelis and Jewish supporters of hacking them as part of the usual conspiracy theories about the Joooooooos. Clearly, the Saudis weren’t buying that explanation, and neither were the other Sunni nations. The timing of the move is interesting, in that it follows after Donald Trump’s visit to the region and demand for progress on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 

By cutting off Qatar, Hamas finds itself weakened even further in its Gaza isolation. At the same time, Hamas’ parent group, the Muslim Brotherhood — now suppressed again in Egypt — also has some of its support cut off. That allows more latitude for Mahmoud Abbas to work with the Israelis and Saudis to regain supremacy in the disputed territories … assuming Abbas is inclined to use it, that is.

If nothing else, this move is clearly understandable from an internal security perspective. Qatar has long been a sort of Casablanca-esque venue, a “wretched hive of villainy” that operates openly among all sides for sotto voce discussions and off-the-books bargains. That has allowed Qatar to play all sides off on each other for a long time, including the US, which has CENTCOM based in the country. (...) One interesting question remains: whither Jordan? So far, Amman is keeping mum on this diplomatic isolation. (Source)

June 5, 2017


Early today a historic event occurred: a number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting Iran and Muslim Brotherhood (MB) sponsored terrorism. Qatar expelled the Head Quarters of the MB some time ago, but it was exposed as merely cosmetics. Erdogan of Turkey, the current host of the MBHQ, had better pay very close attention. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with gas giant Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have given Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their territory. Saudi Arabia says it will allow Qataris to take part in the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Qatar media channel Al Jazeera was already banned in Egypt for its role in the country's short lived experiment with MB rule under Morsi. Breitbart has the timeline of the diplomatic offense. (More)
Earlier on Monday, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya's eastern-based government, and Yemen's internationally recognised government announced cutting ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar has slammed the decision as "unjustified," saying that the move aimed to put Doha under political "guardianship." Turkey has voiced its “sadness” over the Gulf Arab states dispute with Qatar and said it was willing to work to normalize ties. (...) Turkey has developed close ties with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia in recent years. (...) The head of Iran’s influential parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy says the differences between Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the region. 

Oct. 31, 2016


There's another side to the war in Syria that is of strategic importance: at stake are the economic future of the region and its natural resources. Gas as an aspect of the war in Syria is very much underexposed. Actually it's about a pipeline that is of vital interest to Europe and Qatar. It's a game of chess on a global stage. Syria is the battle field in the fight over the hegemony of the Islamic Middle East between Sunni and Shia Islam. And who is the paymaster? In 2013 the Gulf's gas giant, Qatar spent 3 billion dollars arming the so called rebels. The emirate is the biggest donor in the war and is paying defectors enormous amounts of money. Qatar is sitting on a gargantuan natural gas deposit, the third largest in the world. The intervention in Syria is an aggressive bid for the recognition of its dominant role in the region. First they conspired with Obama and Clinton to overthrow Ghadaffi, then the tribes of Mali were encouraged to Jihad. But that's not all.

  • Read it all in Gas Plays an Explosive Role in the War in Syria.

To help you further connect the dots, the following elements are all interrelated.