Capitalist rivalries in Mideast fuel expanding war in Libya

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019
Oil driller escorted by Turkish naval frigate in eastern Mediterranean Aug. 6. Rebel forces led by Khalifa Haftar, backed by Cairo, Paris and now Moscow, have besieged the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, armed by Turkey and Qatar, escalating oil-fueled civil war in Libya.

The escalating battle for control of Libya — and especially its vast oil and gas wealth — intensified Dec. 12. The yearslong conflict between rival forces in the east and the west of this north African country is being transformed…


Capitalist rulers in Mideast step up rivalry after killing of Khashoggi

Vol. 82/No. 41 - November 5, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi, a writer and Islamist opponent of the Saudi government, was assassinated inside the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul Oct. 2. Since then, the capitalist governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the U.S., Moscow and other regimes in the region…


Saudi crown prince tours US, promotes alliance against Tehran

Vol. 82/No. 15 - April 16, 2018

As part of efforts by the capitalist rulers in Washington, Saudi Arabia and Israel to cement a broader alliance against Tehran, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began a three-week U.S. tour March 20. He is also seeking more…