Schlagwort-Archive: #Shiite

What Is Trump's Middle East Doctrine and How China, Russia and Iran Are Dealing with It

Quelle: What Is Trump’s Middle East Doctrine and How China, Russia and Iran Are Dealing with It

Federico PIERACCINI | 30.05.2017 | WORLD

What Is Trump’s Middle East Doctrine and How China, Russia and Iran Are Dealing with It

Donald Trump’s first foreign visit has begun to define America’s foreign-policy posture. After almost two years of words and rhetoric, Trump has began to reverse his electoral promises with diametrically opposed actions. The most recent meetings with the King of Jordan and President Erdogan, in addition to the trips to Saudi Arabia and Israel, represent the foundations of a great alliance that seems to be directed towards halting the advance of the Shiite arc in the Middle East that is led by Iran and Syria (as well as Hezbollah) with the assistance of Russian military power and Chinese economic power.

Over the past 30 days, Donald Trump has been able to meet with the most important allies of the United States in Middle East. First of all, King Abdullah of Jordan, and then Erdogan of Turkey, were received at the White House. Then Trump went on a trip numbering several days to Saudi Arabia and Israel. In each of these meetings, major points of friction between parties were discussed in an effort to find a shared outcome in the interest of everyone. (…)

Jörg Kronauer: Terror zu wessen Nutzen?

Vortrag Jörg Kronauer: Terror zu wessen Nutzen? 25.1.2016 München

Veröffentlicht am 27.01.2016

Zur Interessenkonfrontation zwischen NATO, Russland, dem IS und Saudi-Arabien in Syrien.
Wer ist der sogenannte „Islamische Staat“ (IS)? Wer hat ihn unterstützt und nutzen wollen? Warum greift die Bundesregierung mit bewaffneten Truppen ein? Wer steht an ihrer Seite? Und welche Rolle spielt Russland (Putin und die Achse Moskau-Peking) in dieser Auseinandersetzung?
Ein Vortrag des Sozialwissenschaftlers und freien Journalisten Jörg Kronauer am 25. Januar 2016 in München. Er publiziert zur extremen Rechten und zur deutschen Außenpolitik. Redakteur von Informationen zur deutschen Außenpolitik ( und veröffentlicht regelmäßig in jungeWelt, konkret und anderen Printmedien. Er lebt in London.

One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict

Jon Schwarz Jan. 6 2016,

One Map That Explains the Dangerous Saudi-Iranian Conflict

Jon Schwarz✉​theintercept.comt@tinyrevolution

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia executed Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday. Hours later, Iranian protestors set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran. On Sunday, the Saudi government, which considers itself the guardian of Sunni Islam, cut diplomatic ties with Iran, which is a Shiite Muslim theocracy.

To explain what’s going on, the New York Times provided a primer on the difference between Sunni and Shiite Islam, informing us that “a schism emerged after the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632” — i.e., 1,383 years ago.

But to the degree that the current crisis has anything to do with religion, it’s much less about whether Abu Bakr or Ali was Muhammad’s rightful successor and much more about who’s going to control something more concrete right now: oil.

In fact, much of the conflict can be explained by a fascinating map created by M.R. Izady, a cartographer and adjunct master professor at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School/Joint Special Operations University in Florida. (…)


The map shows religious populations in the Middle East and proven developed oil and gas reserves. Click to view the full map of the wider region. The dark green areas are predominantly Shiite; light green predominantly Sunni; and purple predominantly Wahhabi/Salafi, a branch of Sunnis. The black and red areas represent oil and gas deposits, respectively. (…)

Source: Dr. Michael Izady at Columbia University, Gulf2000, New York