April 1, 2016

So on Monday, I huddled with a diplomat in the Qatar capital, Doha.


I wanted to know why, as an East African, I should be losing sleep over events in the Middle East, especially the Islamic State’s rampage, the war in Syria and Yemen, and what some have called the Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia against the Iran-anchored Shia coalition.




His view was that the Saudi have been extremely audacious, and equally dangerous, in their play.


To begin with the one we all know, was its move to crush American shale oil production by driving prices down.


With the nuclear talks between regional rival Iran and world powers, Saudi Arabia also wanted to make any e...

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