THE PERILS OF THE SAUDI DESTABILIZATION POLICY
There are essentially two centers of power in Saudi Arabia: the royal family and the Wahabi clergy. One validates the other. So far, social peace in Saudi Arabia was upheld by these two pillars of the Saudi social system...
ZIMBABWE, THE SAME OLD AFRICAN STORY
In Africa, more than anywhere else across the world, events tend to turn into a farce. In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, labelled by some as the “old elephant”, was finally demoted after 37 years in power by his former deputy president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as the “crocodile”, or ngwena in Shona...
PRAGMATIC CHINA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
China is probably
the only superpower capable of keeping a low political profile while,
at the same time, infiltrating its business interests in strategic
geopolitical areas. It has done so in Africa, it is doing so in the
Middle East. The Chinese don’t care about Syria’s or Iraq’s
territorial integrity, the Kurdish struggle for independence or the
infighting between Sunni and Shia. Beijing is an external observer of
the war in Yemen, the quarreling among Gulf States, the heated
Palestinian debate. China consciously ignores these regional
conflicts because of its business interests...