US warns Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent cleric risks inflaming sectarian tensions (theguardian.com)
"Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr risks worsening sectarian tensions, the US has warned, joining a chorus of critics from the west and the Middle East who have condemned the killing."
The cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran that's tearing apart the Middle East, explained (vox.com)
"Only a few days into the new year, the Middle East has already taken a significant turn for the worse."
Saudi Arabia, Iran and the 'Great Game' in Yemen (aljazeera.com)
"The Yemen card is a strategic bargaining chip that Iran may now be holding vis-a-vis the sudden rise of the Houthis."
Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations (cnn.com)
"The fallout of Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is spreading beyond a spat between the Saudis and Iranians, as other Middle East nations choose sides and world powers Russia and China weigh in."