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Episode 147 had an interview with Isa Blumi shilling his new book "Destroying Yemen".

A lot of the pieces rattling around my head now fit better together:
Saudi. Qatar. The UAE, the Brotherhood, Nasser, the British and French of course. Al Jazeera Arabic and English.

Some random claims from the interview:
(Noprth-)Yemen was the only independent Muslim country in the inter-war period and had a relationship with the Soviets from the 20s. They ere allied with Nasser and pan-arabism till shortly before the 1962 war.
There appears to be a lot of unexploited gas fields in Yemen and the Saudis are running out of money and oil(but we knew this since the peak-oil years).
Quatar bought a share in the Clinton(and Obama) clan and lost out.
The Brotherhood was encouraged to grow in British Egypt. Nasser threw them out since they screwed with his land reform plans. He filled the Egyptian Islamic Universities with their opponents. The Saudis jumped into the breach and founded Medina University as an alternative, stuffed with brotherhood scholars. The Brits still smarted from Suez and helped out. There was a falling out and Quatar is now the main backer of the Brotherhood and replaces Saudi as the "pure" Islam for the younger generation, growing up in the Saudi funded mosques, since the Kingdom is just too obviously corrupt.

Well, it got me to buy the book.

by generic on Sun Sep 2nd, 2018 at 09:33:41 PM EST
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Episode 147 of Radio War Nerd.
by generic on Sun Sep 2nd, 2018 at 09:34:32 PM EST
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And got the book. Skimming through the section headings, I see nothing about the 2013 coup in Egypt. At that time we still have the Qatar friendly Obama-Clinton clan in power, yet Morsi was clearly the Qataris' guy.
Wonder how that fits and if it is brought up. On the other hand, that the Saudi's credit line was running out with Biden(D - finance) in office, compared to Cheney(R-Exxon) and the Bush clan makes sense.
One really interesting point that was raised is that there is a fundamental disagreement between the Emirates and Saudi. According to Blumi, the Emirates are hostile to political Islam. They don't really have a populace, and they don't want the foreign workers riled up. In that light, it does make a certain kind of sense that Erik Prince, self professed Christian crusader, would be  based there. And also the reports about clashes between UAE and Saudi backed factions in southern Yemen.
by generic on Tue Sep 4th, 2018 at 07:50:10 PM EST
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Now open to non-suscribers
by generic on Tue Sep 11th, 2018 at 09:59:25 PM EST
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