Siege of Qatar – new adventure for Trump and Gulf allies

29th June 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Stephen Bell

On 5 June the governments of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade upon the people of Qatar. Qatar’s sole land border, with Saudi Arabia, was closed. Air space over the blockading countries was denied to Qatari planes. Access on the sea, via UAE ports, was denied. Qatar imports 98 per cent of its foodstuff, mostly through the Saudi land route.

Will Trump end US support for the Saudi-led war upon Yemen?

26th January 2017 Socialist Action 0

The following article by Stephen Bell, about US backed war on Yemen, was first published on the Stop the War Coalition Website.

Following President Trump’s inauguration, many questions are posed about the future direction of US foreign policy. During the election campaign, when questioned on the Middle East, Trump reiterated his opposition to: the Iraq war; US intervention against Assad rather than ISIS; and to the use of US ground troops where local states ought to intervene. Perhaps such shifts will lead him to withdraw support for the Saudi-led war upon Yemen?