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Who Dares to Stand Up to the Kingdom of Cruelty?

Unable to decisively win their open war in Yemen, or their proxy war in Syria, Saudi Arabia is opening a new front in Lebanon. They have withdrawn their investments, ordered their citizens to avoid its tourist-dependent economy, and coerced most members of the Arab League into voting to classify Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. And now their local proxies have tried to shut down one of the country’s most prominent newspapers, Al-Akhbar. Here, Al-Akhbar’s editor pens a furious response:

The Saud family is facing the tangible possibility of complete military, political and economic collapse

Behind the Scenes of a Stagemanaged War

The Saudi war in Yemen was launched by a tiny clique within the royal family, ignoring the wishes of many high-level princes and catching the Saud family’s allies in the other gulf monarchies by surprise, writes Fouad Ibrahim in Al-Akhbar. The giant Saudi military’s remarkable incompetence in the fighting so far has exposed the kingdom’s weakness, as well as its disquieting links to Al-Qaeda allies who control parts of Yemen, Ibrahim writes.

"Decisive Storm" was a home cooked Saudi-American plot.

The Unburied

For Muslims, the mandate to wash and bury their dead immediately is very strong. So, while the sight of hundreds of women camping out in the road for days with the corpses of their murdered children would be shocking anywhere, the mothers’ protests that paralyzed the Baloch regional capital of Quetta earlier in the year were particularly jolting for Pakistanis: the vigil an almost blasphemous demonstration of the Hazara community’s rejection of the orchestrated campaign of murder against Hazaris that the Pakistani state has allowed to prosper.

On 10th January 2013, Rukhsana Bibi lost three sons in twin bomb blasts at a snooker hall on Alamdar Road, Quetta.

Is It Really al-Qaeda who Rules in Fallujah?

Iraq’s sectarian divisions are rending the country apart again, as a Sunni insurgency under the black banner of al-Qaeda overruns the country’s northwest. The country has been ruled for years now by a Shi’ite nationalist prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki.

Abu Younis is an Alwani, a member of the Al-Bou Al-Wan tribe.

In Sunni Iraq, ISIS Jihadis Find Allies From another Era

A jihadi blitzkrieg has seized most of Iraq’s Sunni-majority towns in the last week, accompanied by the predictable horrors: mass executions of POWs by ISIS, massacres of Shi’ite civilians, bomb attacks.But in Mosul and elsewhere, they have found unlikely allies in the local population.

After the fall of Fallujah and Ramadi, it is now the turn of Mosul.

The Many Afflictions of Syria’s Non-Islamist Opposition

From the start, Syria’s civil war was highly sectarian. Historian Basilius Zeinu writes that the opposition’s practice of underlining the sectarian affiliations of regime opponents, rather than adopting inclusive, nationalist slogans, is a worrisome sign. It is, he writes, as if minority groups were demanding medieval Catholic ‘indulgences’ from the country’s majority Sunnis for the sin of being born Christian, or Druze, or Shi’ite.

Since the start of the uprising, Syrian intellectuals, many from minority groups, have been heavily involved.