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The Washington That Never Says No: Saudi Arabia Borrows U.S. Military to Kill Yemenis

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Apparently incapable of resisting the temptation to meddle in the Middle East, the Obama administration remains part of Saudi Arabia's ten-member "coalition" against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Alas, the entire campaign is built on a lie.

What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

Craig Considine | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Prophet's message was one of tolerance and diversity. It is hard to argue that the Saudi royal family has ever followed in his path or walked in his footsteps.

Frantic Intrigue of King Abdullah's Last Hours

David Hearst | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
David Hearst

The story of the court intrigues in Abdullah's last days, and the leaked recordings which have come out since then, show something that was not immediately apparent in June 2013, when Egypt's first elected president Mohammed Morsi was overthrown by his army, after mass demonstrations against his rule.

Why We Should All Watch the Video of the Pilot's Fiery Death

James Heffernan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

ISIS has no monopoly on cruelty or immolation. On the contrary, it has exploited for its own ends the shock value of something used for centuries to punish and terrify heretics and African-Americans, and lately used by desperate dissidents around the world upon themselves.

Mr. President, Release the 28 Pages

Michael Smerconish | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Zacarias Moussaoui has just upped the ante on the White House to release 28 top-secret pages from a congressional report pertinent to a possible Saudi role in the events of 9/11.

What's Happening in Jordan Today Shows How the Arab World's Strengths Are Also Its Weaknesses

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Rami G. Khouri

BEIRUT -- The immediate emotional reaction -- including mass anger -- among Jordanians to the brutal killing of air force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh by the Islamic State is totally understandable and justified; but behind the current wave of enraged sentiments and demands for revenge is a complex matrix of emotions, ideologies and state-building realities that reveal the deeper challenges that King Abdullah faces.

Washington Should Stop Slobbering Over Saudi Arabia: Vicious Frenemy Makes World More Dangerous

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The king has died. Long live the king. Saudi Arabia today is a medieval system whose horrid human rights practices match its antiquated political system.

A Field Guide to Jordan's Battle Against ISIS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Jordan's boundless generosity has provided a safe haven for the human tide of refugees that have been thrust upon it from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

Obama Makes Some Progress In His Passage To India Before the Big Kowtow in Saudi

William Bradley | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be.

Obama, World Leaders Head To Saudi Arabia To Offer Condolences

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

RIYADH, Jan 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predece...

Queen Elizabeth Once Took King Abdullah For A Drive, Proved She's A Badass

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

In the wake of the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Friday, discussions and stories about the Saudi leader’s life and policies have dominated...

Reflections on the Late King Abdullah From His Daughter Princess Adela

Rahilla Zafar | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Rahilla Zafar

Much of the progress for women's rights in Saudi society has been unknown to those outside of the Kingdom. In a rare interview, Al-Saud sheds light on societal shifts and new laws that have directly impacted women's opportunities in the workplace.

For the Saudis, Sorrow, for the World, Not So Much

Pranay Gupte | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Pranay Gupte

He wasn't a monarch who could have accelerated Saudi Arabia's drive toward modernity. He wasn't a monarch who ensured gender parity, thereby excluding a demographic majority of his people from contributing to the national welfare. He wasn't, in the end, a monarch who brought peace and security to a region rife with historical angst and animosities.

A Saudi Palace Coup

David Hearst | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
David Hearst

King Abdullah's writ lasted all of 12 hours. Within that period the Sudairis, a rich and politically powerful clan within the House of Saud, which had been weakened by the late king, burst back into prominence. They produced a palace coup in all but name.

Obama: King Abdullah Held 'Passionate Belief In The Importance' Of U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama released a statement Thursday on the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Obama's full statement: It is w...

The Alice in Wonderland World of the UN Veto

David Hearst | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
David Hearst

Consider for a moment how 2015 must look through the eyes of the assumed victor of this struggle, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. What does the new year have in store for him?

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Reuters | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-...

The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.

A King's Warning and a Reminder

Bernard B. Kerik | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Bernard B. Kerik

As Americans watch the events of James Foley's beheading, the growth of the ISIS army, and the implosion of the Middle-East and Arab Region unfold before their eyes on their television screen or computer, the importance or urgency of fighting this war is diminished by distance.

A Field Guide to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISOL)

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In early August, ISIS forces attacked the Lebanese Syrian refugee border town of Arsal, provoking a major fire-fight with the Lebanese Army. Apparently, one of ISIS's major military commanders -- Imad Ahmad Jomaa -- had been apprehended inside the refugee camp (holding hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees) likely on a recruiting mission to create a fifth column of ISIS operatives inside Lebanon.

Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Has Washington continued be lulled into silence by the millions of Saudi contributions to myriad Beltway think tanks and their lobbying influence, or for those fund strapped 'American Presidential Libraries' who have been the recipients of millions of Saudi largesse?

Pope's Visit: A Resounding Success

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

At all levels, the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan and Palestine was a huge success. For about 26 hours, everything was implemented as planned. And the few unplanned moments worked out quite well, leaving indelible memories and images.

Saudi Arabia Versus Iran

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
S. Azmat Hassan

The media has recently reported an overture by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal to his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif to visit Riyadh.

Obama Plans To Visit Middle East Ally In March

AP | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans a trip to Middle East ally Saudi Arabia next month amid tension in the region. The White House annou...

Kerry: Saudi King Backs Israeli-Palestinian Push

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

By Arshad Mohammed RIYADH, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Saudi King Abdullah offered his "enthusiastic support" to U.S. efforts to resolve the ...