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Blowback in Yemen: Houthi advance is a Saudi nightmare

David HearstNothing illustrates the free-wheeling chaos of the Middle East better than what is going on in Yemen.

A small Iranian-backed North Yemeni militia, modeled on Hezbollah and from an offshoot of Shia Islam, has walked into the capital Sanaa, taken over Hodeida, Yemen's main port on the Red Sea, and is now advancing southwards towards one of the most sensitive straits for oil traffic in the region. Cut off Bab al-Mandab, or the Mandab Strait, between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa and you make the Suez Canal redundant.


How money from pro-Israel donors controls Westminster

Around this time last year, parliamentary records show, the retired property developer and hugely generous Labour party donor, Sir David Garrard, had given a modest £60,000 towards the party's election campaign for 2015. It came in addition to around half a million he had already given since 2003.


Schizophrenia, Tokenism and Feeling 'Good' About Palestine

Dr Philip LeechIt is unlikely to have escaped anyone's attention that, after being somewhat overshadowed by events of the 'Arab Spring' and the various permutations of Syria's Civil war; Palestine is back in the headlines of Britain's International and Middle East news pages. And what's more, there has been something of a return to more positive language of peace and hope. We should not get over excited.


Excluding the right of return from the Palestinian discourse

News about developments of the Palestinian issue continue to pour in through all media outlets, and statements and political speeches do not stop, but we hardly hear about the core and essence of the Palestinian issue which is the problem of Palestinian refugees.


Britain's Syrian diaspora unites to build peace in their homeland

Reem Al-Assil has been active in the Syrian uprising since it started in March 2011. By July of the same year she fled the country after being held twice for questioning. She went first to France to complete her doctorate, and then eventually settled in Britain, a journey made easier thanks to her dual nationality.