Saudi FM: No Normalization, No Arab NATO, No Cooperation with ‘Israel’

Al Mayadeen In a statement on Saturday evening, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan denied much of what US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid remarked during their bilateral meeting, which was thought to be mainly about the normalization of relations with “Israel” and increasing oil production. The Jeddah Summit for Security and Development…

How the ‘Arab-Israeli Axis’ Will Undoubtedly Backfire

Robert Inlakesh Last month, the Hashemite ruler of Jordan, King Abdullah II, stated during an interview with CNBC that “I would be one of the first people that would endorse a Middle East NATO”, reinforcing the belief that a new alliance may well be near. US President Joe Biden’s scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia and…

Why Erdogan Is in a Rush for Peace with Saudi Arabia

Vladimir Platov On April 28 the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Saudi Arabia for an official visit which is already called symbolic for Ankara and Riyadh. As reported by Turkish media, Erdoğan had a meeting with the Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz followed by a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at…

Yemen’s Fragile Truce Enters its Second Month on Eid Al-Fitr

Naseh Shaker “There is miscalculation”: Yemen’s fragile truce enters its second month on Eid Al-Fitr Yemenis and Ansar Allah representatives celebrating Eid Al-Fitr react to the Saudi coalition’s violations of the two-month UN-brokered ceasefire, now entering its second month. Wael Jubarah had a great time spending the morning at Al-Thawra Park near Sanaa Airport on…

‘Mutually Assured Development’: A Winning Formula for Iran-Saudi Rapprochement

Mohammad Salami Saudi Arabia’s economic stagnation, its coffer-draining Yemen war, and new regional developments have pushed the kingdom to seek rapprochement with a welcoming Iran. Restoring diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia will not only benefit both countries economically, but can help stabilize global oil prices and end the war in Yemen. The fifth round…

Yemen’s Tragedy and US-Saudi Maneuvers

Viktor Mikhin Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has resigned and handed over power to a new body, the President’s Leadership Council (PLC).   He sacked his vice-president Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar in a sudden development believed to have been prompted by new US and Saudi tricks. According to media reports, the kingdom “rewarded” the move by promising $3bn…

Remembering President Saleh Al-Sammad, 4 Years After His Assassination

Naseh Shaker Late President Saleh Al-Sammad along with his secretary Ahmed Al-Razehi (left) during a popular event (Courtesy of Al-Razehi for Al Mayadeen English On the 4th anniversary of his assassination, Al Mayadeen English interviews the secretary of President Saleh Al-Sammad about several topics including his memories with Al-Sammad. Ahmed Al-Razehi, the secretary of Saleh Al-Sammad,…

US-Saudi Coalition has Placed a Stranglehold on Yemen

Viktor Mikhin According to the Al Masirah news network, on the morning of April 4, the Saudi coalition Air Force, whose actions are actively supported by the United States, attacked the city of Hayes in northwestern Yemen and also launched a missile strike on areas in the province of Al-Hudaydah. Saudi coalition fighters flew 27…

Yemen’s Hadi Has No “Power” to Bestow on the New Presidential Council

Abdel Bari Atwan The exiled Yemeni president will transfer his presidential powers to the new council, with the Saudis pulling all the strings. The significance of the newly established Presidential Leadership Council, which was formally declared on 7 March by the exiled Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, lies in the unification of most, if not all, of…

Saudi-backed Yemeni Leader Steps Down as President

Peoples Dispatch The Houthis, who had rejected the invitation to join the talks in Riyadh where the presidential council was created, have refused to recognize the council calling it a foreign implant without any real representation of the Yemeni people Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the Saudi-backed president of Yemen, announced on Thursday April 7 that he…

Blood and Oil: Why Saudi Arabia Will Be Bombed Until the Siege on Yemen is Lifted

Karim Shami Ansarallah believes the Saudi ‘ceasefire’ is a ruse to buy time, and will likely continue to target Saudi oil and infrastructure until the siege on Yemen is lifted. Riyadh refused Washington’s pressure to increase oil production, then faced blistering attacks on its oil facilities and infrastructure from Yemen. Under increasing pressure to end its…

Saudi Arabia Considers Dumping Dollar for Yuan in Oil Sales to China

The Cradle The Saudi crown prince was quoted earlier this month talking about potentially reducing economic ties with the US Saudi Arabia is actively considering switching from the US dollar to the Chinese yuan in all future oil sales to China, a move which would threaten the global hegemony of the greenback. Riyadh is in…