Gulf crisis poised to escalate as Saudi-led Qatar ultimatum expires

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 5 July 2017

The crisis has inflamed regional rivalries, while increasingly bringing to light the competing interests of the major imperialist powers in the Gulf and wider Middle East.

Gulf confrontation worsens as deadline looms for Saudi ultimatum to Qatar

By Peter Symonds, 29 June 2017

The standoff in the Gulf has led to an open rift in Washington as Secretary of State Tillerson seeks to end the conflict triggered by President Trump’s support for Saudi action against Qatar.

Saudi ultimatum to Qatar brings Middle East to brink of wider war

By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2017

The Saudi-led ultimatum to Qatar contains demands deliberately designed to be rejected, providing the pretext for even tougher sanctions and military action.

Saudi Arabia issues provocative ultimatum to Qatar

By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2017

Qatar has been given 10 days to agree to a sweeping list of demands that would transform it into a political vassal of Saudi Arabia.

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017

Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.

Dispute erupts in Trump administration over Gulf conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 10 June 2017

As the US escalated the war in Syria, divisions between Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson broke out Friday over Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic isolation of Qatar.

Turkey prepares to send troops to Qatar in conflict with Saudi Arabia

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017

With the tacit consent of imperialist powers in Europe, Turkey is siding with Qatar in a conflict with Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.

Terror attack in Iran exacerbates war tensions in Gulf

By Keith Jones, 8 June 2017

Iranian authorities charged that Saudi Arabia and Washington orchestrated yesterday’s attack, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The Saudi offensive against Qatar and the global intensification of geopolitical conflict

By Keith Jones, 6 June 2017

Backed by Egypt and its closest Gulf State allies, Saudi Arabia has announced a series of measures against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich neighbor, that stop just short of war.

Russian oil giant Rosneft sells large stake to Western companies

By Ivan Geliopolskiy, 28 December 2016

As Russia descends further into economic crisis, the Kremlin is selling off state property, in part to Western investors, as it attempts to defend the interests of the Russian oligarchy.

Saudi-led coalition pours troops into Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2015

Thousands of foreign troops, including large contingents from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are readying an assault on the capital, Sanaa.

Media hypocrisy over fate of migrant labour in Qatar

By Mark Blackwood, 5 June 2015

The campaign to overturn FIFA’s decisions to hold the World Cup in Russia and Qatar has spawned a slew of hypocritical articles over the atrocious conditions facing migrant workers.

Migrant laborers building 2022 World Cup facilities worked to death in Qatar

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 4 October 2013

Deprived of pay for months at a time, migrant construction workers building the facilities for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are being worked to death.

In Qatar, US-backed Afghan President Karzai makes overtures to Taliban

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2013

US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai travelled to Doha to make political overtures to the Taliban, as Taliban officials open an office in the Qatari capital.

France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia

By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2013

Tensions between France and its Qatari ally are rising amid accusations that Qatar is funding Al Qaeda-linked militants fighting France in Mali.

US-backed Syrian “rebels” in disarray at Qatar conference

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2012

Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded a shakeup within Syria’s “rebel” leadership and revealed that the State Department had handpicked a group of new leaders.

US State Department human rights reports

Gulf allies: A record of repression and torture

Part 2: Qatar

By Kate Randall, 22 April 2011

The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.