Saudi Arabia

The Attack on Two Oil Tankers in the Gulf of Oman

On the morning of June 13, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. One was the Front Altair, owned by the Norwegian company Frontline, but flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. It was carrying a cargo of ethanol from Qatar to Taiwan. The second was the Kokuka Courageous of the Japanese company, Kokuka Sangyo, flying the Panamanian flag which was carrying methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore.

Marseille dockers refuse to load arms headed to Saudi Arabia

In Marseilles, dockers refuse to load French weapons heading to Saudi Arabia.

Amazon: A new business model better able to manage the contradictions of the capitalist mode of production

Amazon cardboard robot

An attempt to understand the functioning of one the world's most powerful companies using marxist categories - explaining how Amazon manages to combine the functions of productive, comercial and finance capital. The intention is, of course, to try to work out the implications for class strugle...

Who is profiting from Syria?

This is one of a series of articles written by Shoal Collective in the run-up to the DSEI arms fair. This one focuses on Syria, who is involved in the conflict, and who is arming them. It was originally published in The Region.

Image by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam

As all the world’s conflicts are played out in Syria, arms companies are making a killing.

The USA, Qatar and ‘New’ Imperialist Alignments

Donald Trump and the Emir of Qatar.

The official story is that Saudi Arabia, supported by Egypt, the Emirates, Bahrain and other sidekicks in the Gulf, is trying to isolate Qatar from the rest of the Arab world as punishment for betraying the Sunni cause and for financing jihadhi terrorism. Like all lies, this one contains an element of truth which conceals other aspects of the situation which must not be brought to light, much less focussed on.

2007-8: Saudi Women Fight for Right to Drive

An account of a struggle for greater freedom and rights for women in Saudi Arabia.

US commitment to human rights on display as staunch ally executes 47

Obama with Saudi ally King Salman

The US is implicated in the mass execution in Saudi Arabia more than the media likes to let on.

Labour Movements and Opposition Groups in Saudi Arabia: 1950-1975

An article about the growth of the Saudi Labour movement and additional radical opposition groups, focussing on two strikes at the ARAMCO oil company in 1953 and 1956.

On David Graeber: 'Victory in Kobane. What next in the Rojava revolution?’

David Graeber is a very thought-provoking thinker. But his recent youtube talk is more striking for what is not said than for what is.

Dead end: about the coup in Egypt

Article by the Wildcat collective on the background and current developments of class struggle in Egypt after the military coup in summer 2013 with additional focus on the situation of migrant workers in the Gulf states.