War in Syria escalated with Turkey downing a Russian military plane on the Syria-Turkey border. The incident has brought into focus the turmoil in the Middle-East which has become the most troubled region in the world. The incident shows the intensification of contradiction among imperialist powers and the regional powers aligned to them. All these powers claiming to fight the Islamic State are pursuing their own agenda. Turkey which had initially refused to join the US led coalition against IS, later joined it bombing the Syrian Kurds which were holding their own against the IS and had carved out an area of self-rule. Western imperialist powers support anti-Assad Jihadis while Russia is bombing all anti-Assad militant groups including the Islamic State. Iran is supporting Basher Assad regime while Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are financing and supporting their own groups of Jihadis. The scramble to secure their influence in Syria is resulting in high casualties mainly of civilians. More than half of the population of Syria (20 million) has been forced to leave their homes and take shelter elsewhere, half of these inside Syria and another half outside Syria. Every imperialist power and regional power aligned to them is trying to secure its foothold in Syria through militant groups to be stakeholder in the negotiations on Syria’s future.… Read More
Houthis and their allies take over major part of Yemen – Old Actors React to Changes in the Middle-East as Turmoil Deepens
Developments in the Middle-East continue to convulse the Arab world. The old order in the region is trying to assert itself against the winds of change brought about by the international and regional developments. This reassertion is leading to a spate of wars in different countries. The old order is waging wars against those forces and factors which they think are upsetting or may upset their domination in the region.
For long western imperialist powers dominated oil resources of the region and to that end its economic and political life. Since the commercial refining of oil, western imperialist powers had established their military bases and controlled the region with their armed might. Gradually they carved this region among their vassal states guaranteeing security of the regimes brought into power with military might. They patronized Jewish dream of homeland in Palestine. They utilized all conflicts and developments in the world and the region to establish the regimes loyal to them and hostile to the people of the region. It was their necessity as they wished to rob and did rob the people of the region of their natural resources. With defeat of Ottoman Turkey, the overlord of the region, in teh First World War they carved out different states and took steps towards establishing Zewish state on the lands seized from Arabs.… Read More