Tag Archives: Middle East

Elite use destabilization to create artificial oil shortages

Two years after local militias overthrew the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, many of those same fighters have brought Libya’s critical oil industry to a halt. Disturbances at several large export terminals and oil fields have throttled Libya’s daily oil production to one-tenth its capacity in recent days, jeopardizing the national economy and tightening world […]

US operative killed fighting with Syrian rebels

F.B.I. agents from Detroit’s field office showed up in Flint, Mich. with reports and images, broadcast by pro-government news media agencies in Syria, show that Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, and a British man were among three people killed in Syria on Wednesday during a confrontation with government forces. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/us/syria-fighting-touches-a-family-in-michigan.html?ref=us The state media agencies broadcast a […]

US Middle East arms dealing

The Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.“not just to boost Israel’s capabilities, but also to boost the capabilities of our Persian Gulf partners” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/world/middleeast/us-selling-arms-to-israel-saudi-arabia-and-emirates.html?hp Under the agreement, each country would be allowed to purchase advanced armaments from American contractors. In the […]

US allies suppress Arab uprising

Violence in Bahrain threatens to undermine talks aimed at ending the crisis that began two years ago after the authorities, with help from a Saudi-led regional force, suppressed an uprising. The Shiite-led opposition has demanded greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy, a United States ally.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/world/middleeast/bahrain-dozens-hurt-during-protests.html?src=rechp&_r=0   Dozens of people were injured and least three […]