By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2017
The Saudi king’s visit to Russia unfolds amid worsening relations between Washington and the kingdom that has long been an essential prop of US imperialism.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 August 2017
At least 24 people have died in the months-long siege of the Shia city of Awamiya, while many more have been driven from their homes.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 July 2017
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states play a vital role in funding Islamist groups that provide essential proxy forces for the imperialist powers in Libya, Iraq and Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2017
The High Court has given carte blanche to Prime Minister Theresa May to flout international law and aid in war crimes.
By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 5 July 2017
The crisis has inflamed regional rivalries, while increasingly bringing to light the competing interests of the major imperialist powers in the Gulf and wider Middle East.
By Peter Symonds, 29 June 2017
The standoff in the Gulf has led to an open rift in Washington as Secretary of State Tillerson seeks to end the conflict triggered by President Trump’s support for Saudi action against Qatar.
By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2017
The Saudi-led ultimatum to Qatar contains demands deliberately designed to be rejected, providing the pretext for even tougher sanctions and military action.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 June 2017
King Salman’s move portends more autocratic rule, economic hardship and an escalation of regional wars.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017
Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.
By Keith Jones, 8 June 2017
Iranian authorities charged that Saudi Arabia and Washington orchestrated yesterday’s attack, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.
By Keith Jones, 6 June 2017
Backed by Egypt and its closest Gulf State allies, Saudi Arabia has announced a series of measures against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich neighbor, that stop just short of war.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2017
The US special forces raid on Yemen followed Trump’s massive arms deals with Saudi Arabia, which that will fuel the kingdom’s savage war against a population on the brink of starvation.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2017
Riddled with hypocrisy, clichés and absurdities, Trump’s speech, before an assembly of monarchs and despots in Saudi Arabia, spelled out an agenda of escalating US militarism.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 March 2017
On the first day of his Beijing visit, Saudi King Salman presided over the signing of deals worth $65 billion.
By Rohantha De Silva, 18 March 2017
The postponement took place amid intensifying conflicts within the Maldivian ruling elite, bound up with the geo-political rivalry between the US, India and China.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2017
The murder by missile of the two young boys is part of a steady escalation of US atrocities in the impoverished Arab country.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2016
The email exchange between Clinton and her campaign manager lays bare the criminality and hypocrisy of the US war for regime change.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2016
The airstrike on a funeral hall in the capital of Sanaa is the worst in a long series of war crimes carried out with the backing of Washington.
By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2016
Yesterday’s attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital is part of a deliberate campaign to terrorise the Houthi population.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2016
The latest weapons deal highlights the central role of American imperialism in organizing and facilitating the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
By Kanda Gabriel, 4 August 2016
Laid-off workers in Saudi Arabia, the most reliable ally of US and European imperialism in the Middle East, are being left to starve by the thousands.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2016
The declassification of the section of the 9/11 commission report on Saudi ties to 9/11 point to a deliberate distortion and exploitation of the attacks as a pretext for war.
By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2016
The secret trove of documents is being reviewed by a federal judge in Tampa, Florida for possible declassification.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2016
The House of Saud’s relations with its chief backer, US imperialism, are at an all-time low
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2016
While friction has arisen over Washington’s dealings with Iran and fallout from 9/11, the monarchical dictatorship remains a linchpin of US policy in the Middle East.
By Nick Beams, 19 April 2016
The main reason for the failure to agree on an oil production freeze appears to be tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are on opposites sides in conflicts in the Middle East.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2016
Yet another UN-brokered “cease-fire” in Yemen has failed to effect even a temporary halt to the violence that has left more than 6,000 Yemenis dead
By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2016
The segment broadcast on “60 Minutes” Sunday night puts pressure on the Obama administration to declassify 28 pages of documentation of an official Saudi role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 April 2016
The Saudi ruling family spent $70 billion exporting its particularly repressive form of Islamism through books, the media, Islamic welfare institutions and charities.
One year since the launch of the US-backed war
By Thomas Gaist, 26 March 2016
Relentless bombing and ground operations by the Saudi-led Arab coalition have left more than 20 million Yemenis in dire need of humanitarian aid.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016
The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.
By Alejandro López, 3 March 2016
The pseudo-left parties in Spain have close ties to the armed forces.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 February 2016
Saudi Arabia’s decision to halt military aid to Lebanon points to escalating tensions across the Middle East unleashed by the war drive in Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016
Saudi efforts to effect reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey come in the wake of last December’s agreement to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016
The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 February 2016
The Saudi monarchy is seeking to impose onto the working class the full cost of the deepening economic crisis and its disastrous military interventions.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2016
The accusations that Saudi jets attacked an Iranian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, come amid rising tensions that are pushing the Middle East to the brink of all-out war.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2016
The US government has helped coordinate the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which has already killed thousands of civilians and reduced large sections of the population to starvation.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2016
The Saudi monarchy’s mass beheadings and subsequent cutting of ties with Iran have all the earmarks of a deliberate provocation.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2016
The barbaric killing spree carried out by the royal parasites in Riyadh was a calculated political act driven by both domestic and international objectives.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2015
US officials hailed the Saudi monarchy’s proclamation of a Sunni sectarian alliance “against terrorism,” as the Saudi regime prepares another round of beheadings.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2015
The collection of Al Qaeda-linked militias and exile politicians brought together in Riyadh represent not the Syrian people, but rather the various regimes that finance them.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 November 2015
The US-backed Saudi monarchy is responding to its growing internal crisis with war and repression.
US-backed Saudi war coalition shows “complete disregard” for civilian lives, MSF says
By Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2015
The US-backed Saudi war coalition has laid waste to civilian infrastructure across Yemen since launching “Operation Decisive Storm” in March
By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2015
The deaths of over 700 Muslim pilgrims near Mecca has underscored the deepening crisis of the Saudi monarchy, a pillar of US policy in the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2015
Thousands of foreign troops, including large contingents from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are readying an assault on the capital, Sanaa.
By Niles Williamson, 5 September 2015
While the deal is ostensibly aimed at easing Saudi concerns over the US-Iran nuclear deal, it also facilitates the escalation of the Saudi monarchy’s bloody assault on Yemen.
In wake of bloody factory bombing
By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015
Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.
By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015
Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2015
The Russian government held negotiations this week aimed at a political settlement to end the war in Syria through installation of a transitional national unity regime.
By Niles Williamson, 14 July 2015
Airstrikes by the US-backed coalition continued in violation of a UN brokered cease-fire that was supposed to come into effect on Saturday.
As cease-fire talks in Geneva collapse
By Thomas Gaist, 22 June 2015
Saudi and Gulf forces pounded targets across Yemen over the weekend after negotiations between Saudi and Houthi leaders ended without any deal on Friday.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015
The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.
By Niles Williamson, 19 May 2015
The US-backed assault resumed Sunday after a five-day suspension of bombing allowed aid groups to fly in and distribute a limited amount of emergency humanitarian aid.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015
The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.
By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2015
King Salman removed the crown prince, his half-brother Muqrin, reportedly because he was opposed to the current Saudi-led war in Yemen.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2015
The Pentagon ordered a fleet of warships, including the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, to the coast of Yemen Monday.
By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015
The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015
Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.
By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2015
The close collaboration between Washington and the Saudi regime speaks volumes about the nature of American intervention in the Middle East.
By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015
Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2015
The halving of oil prices led to a sharp and unexpected fall in government revenues in 2014.
By Nick Beams, 2 December 2014
Energy companies, financial markets and whole economies are being severely impacted by the oil price slide following the decision by OPEC not to cut production.
By Nick Beams, 28 November 2014
Immediately on the news that OPEC will maintain production levels, the price of oil fell a further 8 percent.
By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2014
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states helped fund and fuel the sectarian war in Syria that has now spilled into Iraq.
By Kranti Kumara, 2 April 2014
The Indian government has joined the Saudi monarchy in threatening striking overseas Indian workers with imprisonment and deportation.
By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014
The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”
By Rosa Shahnazarian and Alex Lantier, 14 January 2014
Saudi Arabia is responding to the US postponement of war plans against Syria by pressing for more aid to the Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 9 January 2014
Saudi Arabia faces rising social tensions and joblessness amid falling oil revenues and a deepening political crisis in the Middle East.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 December 2013
The main thrust of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy—its opposition to Iran and the “Shia arc”—has been undermined by Washington.
By Harvey Thompson, 13 November 2013
Several people have been killed and more than 16,000 arrested in a crackdown on migrant workers by the Saudi regime.
By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013
US President Barack Obama told NBC News yesterday evening that there is “the possibility of a phased agreement” with Iran in ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.
By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2013
Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan warned of a major shift away from his country’s longstanding alliance with the US.
By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2013
The protest points to deep concerns in the Saudi regime, a longstanding American ally, that the US is cutting across its interests in the Middle East.
By Clara Weiss and Alex Lantier, 11 September 2013
Recent accounts of secret talks between Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Russian President Vladimir Putin raise further questions about US and Saudi roles in fabricating a pretext for war in Syria, as well as in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 April 2013
The despotic Saudi Arabian regime launched a crackdown on “illegal immigrants” in order to cut reliance on migrant workers and whip up divisions.
By Vilani Peiris, 11 January 2013
The execution exposes the callous indifference of the Sri Lankan government toward its migrant workers, as well as the reactionary character of the Saudi regime.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2012
No less than in any of the other countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a social tinderbox.
By Niall Green, 5 December 2011
A report by human rights organization Amnesty International records the wave of repression unleashed by Saudi authorities in response to the “Arab Spring” uprisings.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 November 2011
Saudi Arabia is playing a key role in seeking to destabilise the regime in Iran.
By Niall Green, 6 October 2011
An angry protest broke out in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in response to police kidnappings.
By Dietmar Henning, 16 July 2011
The German government tank deal with Saudi Arabia is part of an arms race between all the leading industrial nations for influence in this oil-rich region.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 July 2011
The ban follows limited criticism by Jakarta over the beheading of an Indonesian maid working in Saudi Arabia who was found guilty of killing her abusive Saudi employer.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2011
On June 14, Bahrain, the tiny island kingdom in the Persian Gulf off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, announced that it is to sue the Independent newspaper for libel over an article written by its veteran Middle East correspondent, Robert Fisk.
US State Department human rights reports
Part 1: Saudi Arabia
By Kate Randall, 20 April 2011
The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2011
Hundreds protested in Saudi Arabia Friday demanding an end to the Saudi occupation of Bahrain and the release of the dictatorial kingdom’s political prisoners.
By Chris Marsden, 12 March 2011
Massive numbers of police succeeded in intimidating anyone seeking to join protests urged by Saudi Arabian dissident groups after the Muslim Friday prayers in cities including the capital Riyadh.
By Harvey Thompson, 25 February 2011
Over 600 construction workers employed by a major company on a project expanding the northern courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, are on strike.
By Sahand Avedis, 21 June 2010
Reports that Saudi Arabia may allow Israeli jets to travel through its airspace to attack Iran are the latest development in escalating regional tensions between Iran and the US-backed Saudi monarchy.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 February 2010
After years of political lobbying at the highest levels, BAe Systems and the US and UK authorities have dropped their long-running investigations into bribery and corruption related to arms contracts.
By Patrick O’Connor, 28 November 2008
The value of a barrel of crude oil fell below $50 this month—just one-third of the record $147 a barrel recorded in July—marking the sharpest price collapse since formal futures trading began in 1981.