Saudi Arabia

Pentagon admits presence of US troops in Yemen as cholera cases top one million

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2017

Washington is deepening the catastrophe in Yemen as part of its war preparations against Iran, threatening the lives of millions.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former dictator, killed in Sana’a

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2017

The death of Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, appears to signal the failure of a Saudi-backed plot to overthrow the Houthi-led government.

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times: A sycophant in the House of Saud

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2017

The obsequious glorification of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is bound up with US imperialism’s bid to turn the Saudi monarchy into the axis of a regional alliance against Iran.

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the Saudi military as it carries out a siege of Yemen that could claim the lives of millions.

US-backed Saudi war and blockade puts millions of lives at risk in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 18 November 2017

Nearly the entire population of Yemen, 20 million out of 28 million, are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

French president travels to Saudi Arabia amid danger of war with Iran

By Francis Dubois, 11 November 2017

In a surprise visit to Riyadh, Emmanuel Macron argued against a regional escalation of the Middle East wars flowing from the NATO countries’ imperialist interventions.

US-Saudi blockade threatens millions of famine deaths in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 November 2017

Washington and Riyadh have created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe with the three-year-old war against the poorest nation in the Arab world.

Crown Prince extends purge of rivals in Saudi Arabia

By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2017

The scale of the purge testifies to the mortal crisis wracking the venal ruling clique in Riyadh, which treats the country as its personal fiefdom.

Saudi crown prince charges Iran with “act of war”

By Jordan Shilton, 8 November 2017

After purging his main domestic rivals, Crown Prince Bin Salman accused Tehran of “direct military aggression” after a missile was fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

Lebanese crisis bound up with war drive against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2017

Prime Minister Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh, echoing the virulent anti-Iranian rhetoric of the Saudi monarchy.

Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia

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.

Saudi regime continues brutal siege against Shia minority

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.

May government conceals UK-Saudi terror connections

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.

High Court approves UK government’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia

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.

Gulf crisis poised to escalate as Saudi-led Qatar ultimatum expires

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.

Gulf confrontation worsens as deadline looms for Saudi ultimatum to Qatar

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.

Saudi ultimatum to Qatar brings Middle East to brink of wider war

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.

Palace coup in Saudi Arabia

By Jean Shaoul, 23 June 2017

King Salman’s move portends more autocratic rule, economic hardship and an escalation of regional wars.

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

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.

Terror attack in Iran exacerbates war tensions in Gulf

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.

The Saudi offensive against Qatar and the global intensification of geopolitical conflict

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.

US launches raid in Yemen as Trump concludes Middle East trip

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.

Trump’s speech in Riyadh signals US escalation against Iran

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.

Saudi Arabia pivots to China

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.

Saudi king postpones visit to Maldives

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.

US drone strike kills two children in Yemen

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.

Leaked Clinton email admits Saudi, Qatari government funding of ISIS in Syria

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.

Thousands protest Saudi bombing that killed and wounded over 700 in Yemen

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.

Saudi coalition airstrike on hospital in Yemen kills at least 11

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.

US sells battle tanks to Saudi Arabia as it renews assault on Yemen

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.

India ships food after mass protests by starving Indian workers in Saudi Arabia

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.

US releases Saudi documents: 9/11 coverup exposed

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.

FBI holds 80,000 pages of secret documents on Saudi-9/11 links

By Patrick Martin, 14 May 2016

The secret trove of documents is being reviewed by a federal judge in Tampa, Florida for possible declassification.

Saudi Arabian regime gripped by factional infighting amid mounting economic crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2016

The House of Saud’s relations with its chief backer, US imperialism, are at an all-time low

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

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.

Doha oil talks collapse

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.

Saudi onslaught against Yemen continues amid official cease-fire

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

Once again on Saudi complicity in the 9/11 attacks

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.

UK documentary exposes Saudi role in global terror operations

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

Vast majority of Yemen population without reliable food, water and sanitation

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.

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

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.

Spain: Podemos supports sale of warships to Saudi Arabia

By Alejandro López, 3 March 2016

The pseudo-left parties in Spain have close ties to the armed forces.

Saudi Arabia cancels $3 billion grant for French military aid to Lebanon

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.

Saudi Arabia pushes for alliance with Turkey and Egypt

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.

Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria

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.

Regional tensions and falling oil prices deepen crisis of Saudi monarchy

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.

Iran claims Saudis “deliberately” struck embassy in Yemen

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.

US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen

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.

Middle East tensions escalate in wake of Saudi mass beheadings

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.

The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia

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.

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

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.

Saudi-orchestrated gathering of Syrian “rebels” ends in disarray

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.

Saudi monarchy to behead more than fifty in political mass execution

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

Saudi strikes destroy Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

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

Catastrophe in Saudi Arabia, pillar of Washington’s Middle East policy

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.

Saudi-led coalition pours troops into Yemen

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.

As Yemen assault continues, US announces billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia

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

Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen

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.

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

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.

Major powers intensify diplomatic maneuvering over fate of Assad regime

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.

Saudi-led assault on Yemen continues despite ceasefire

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

Renewed Saudi-led bombardment kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni civilians

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.

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

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.

Saudi-led coalition resume air strikes in Yemen

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.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

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.

Major shake-up in Saudi monarchy

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.

US Navy deploys warships to intercept Iranian aid convoy off Yemen coast

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.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

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.

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

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.

Imperialist mourning for King Abdullah

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.

Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour

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.

Saudi Arabia destabilised by high-risk move on oil production

By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2015

The halving of oil prices led to a sharp and unexpected fall in government revenues in 2014.

Oil price slide rocks world economy

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.

OPEC decision a shot in oil price war

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.

Saudi Arabia warns of civil war in Iraq with “unpredictable consequences”

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.

Indian government abets repression of workers in Saudi Arabia

By Kranti Kumara, 2 April 2014

The Indian government has joined the Saudi monarchy in threatening striking overseas Indian workers with imprisonment and deportation.

In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014

The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”

Saudi Arabia pushes for renewed confrontation with Syria

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.

Saudi budget signals growing social crisis

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.

Saudi Arabia angered by US-Iran rapprochement

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.

Migrant workers clash with Saudi police amid mass deportation raids

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.

Officials signal possible deal in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program

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.

Saudi officials vent anger over US failure to attack Syria

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.

Saudi Arabia turns down UN Security Council seat

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.

Saudi-Russian talks raise questions on Syrian war drive, Boston bombings

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.

Saudi crackdown on migrants

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.

Saudi Arabia executes young Sri Lankan housemaid

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.

Saudi Arabia—a social tinderbox

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.

Report exposes brutality of Saudi Arabian regime

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.

Saudi Arabia plays key role in US anti-Iranian alliance

By Jean Shaoul, 14 November 2011

Saudi Arabia is playing a key role in seeking to destabilise the regime in Iran.

Saudi Arabia cracks down on protesters

By Niall Green, 6 October 2011

An angry protest broke out in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in response to police kidnappings.

German arms to Saudi Arabia

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.

Saudi Arabia bans maids from Indonesia and the Philippines

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.

Journalist Robert Fisk faces libel action for pointing out Bahrain-Saudi alliance

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

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

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.

Saudi protests against Bahrain invasion, repression

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.

Massive police mobilisation stifles “Day of Rage” protests in Saudi Arabia

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.

Class struggle emerges in Saudi Arabia

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.

Saudi Arabia backs US campaign against Iran

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.

US and UK courts ensure BAe’s Saudi deals remain secret

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.