In Libya today there is much talk about an agreement between the various armed and political factions that gained recognition in the Libyan civil war and in the ousting of Gheddafi. On the other hand, those that supported the defunct Libyan dictator, like the Kabiles...
RUSSIA'S HANDS ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Russia is the only superpower currently capable of influencing events in the Middle East. Moscow’s rise was a direct consequence of Washington’s retreat from direct military involvement in the region. During his 8 years at the White House, US President Barack Obama’s priority has been an exit strategy from the thorny mess he had inherited from George W. Bush...
THE NEXT STOP IN THE CONFLICT BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIA: BAHRAIN
The struggle for hegemony between Iran
and Saudi Arabia is fueled by the Sunni-Shia divide. The religious
conflict between the two main branches of Islam is fought by proxies.
Among the different sources of instability in the Middle East, this is
probably the most dangerous one. This is because Sunni and Shia Muslims
cohabit in the same countries and feel the burden of this looming
conflict. Although not in the spotlight, the most blatant example is Bahrain.
Despite being a small country, it’s social, political and religious
landscape sums up all the contradictions and instability currently
afflicting the Arabic peninsula: a Sunni minority ruling over a Shia
majority (around 70% of the population), a despotic regime...