Understanding the Escalating Saudi Iranian Row

Our media led by BBC try to simplify the latest diplomatic crisis in the Middle East – which led to severing of diplomatic relations between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran ( with two other countries following the Saudis action)- into Shia-Sunni sectarian rivalry resulting from the execution of Iran backed Shia cleric. This is a load of nonsense which leads to misunderstanding and misleading public opinion. It is far more complicated as many forces who adhere to the Shia faith (Morocco shia sects and those in North Africa nd Sudan) back KSA, while trends and forces who are devote Sunnis are backing Iran against the Saudis (Turkey for example is Sunni, so are Hamas and many Palestinian factions as well as the Muslim Brotherhood are all Sunni hardliners but are against Saudi Arabia especially in Yemen but are also against Assad in Syria.
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Islamisation by Stealth- old report on “Intellectual Terrorism” revisited

Looking into the horror of the Islamic State, the jihadists movements ( almost all born from the womb of the Muslim Brotherhood – despite British left, BBC and the CIA & the Foreign Office  attempts to change historic facts-) I wrote this piece , the obituary of Egyptian Television Muslim evangelist Sheikh Sharawi 15 years ago upon his death in 1999. .. Revisiting it in a research I am doing for a new book, I realised how many of the predictions came true.. hence I out it here again. I didn’t change anything or update it all.. I only out links to names and events with which people might not be too familiar.

Sheikh Mohammed Metwali Sharawi:
Islamisation by Stealth  19 June 1999, the Independent Newspaper, London

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By Adel Darwish

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Farewell and RIP Richard Beeston, Fleet Street Brave Soul

It is with aching heart and weeping soul that I started hacking this piece to remember my dear old friend and colleague Richard Beeston ( Feb 18, 1963, May 19, 2013) a son of great journalist by the same name – who, alongside his late wife- reported, and became part of a body of extraordinary people  contributing to  an important chapter of Britain’s post Imperial history in the Middle East- and in his footsteps Richard followed.

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