Meet the Hawkish Saudi Minister Leading the Kingdom’s Proxy Wars With Iran and Lebanon

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, relies on a small core group of advisers, none more provocative than Thamer al-Sabhan, the fiercely anti-Iran government official whose fingerprints were on the hurried and ultimately unsuccessful resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister earlier this month. As Saudi minister for Gulf affairs, al-Sabhan has a hand in helping shape…

German public broadcasters drop Roger Waters over BDS support

German public broadcasters have dropped plans to air concerts next year by British ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, citing what they call “accusations of anti-Semitism against him”. Waters is an outspoken advocate for Palestinian human rights. The artist, part of one of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful rock bands from 1965-1985 before going solo, is…

Bangladesh PM claims ‘forced disappearances take place in UK and US’

Bangladesh’s prime minister has claimed that forced disappearances allegedly perpetrated by security forces in the country also occur in Britain and the US, saying “275,000 British citizens disappeared” in the UK each year. Human rights groups and the United Nations have both recently sounded warnings about the growing number of secret, allegedly state-sanctioned, abductions in…

Operation Yemen: Shoot yourself in the foot

Remember the name the Saudis gave their operation in Yemen when they launched it on 25 March 2015? Operation: Decisive Storm. By 21 April, the storm was officially declared over. The air strikes continued, of course, but the strikes on hospitals, schools and, in one notorious incident, a wedding party in Sanaa, were now part of an operation…