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Jordan -- An Oasis In A Turbulent World

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
José Ramos-Horta

Last week I visited Jordan as guest of Prince Ali Bin Hussein and his wife, Princess Rym Brahimi Ali. Prince Ali is the third son of King Hussein, and half-brother of King Abdullah II. He is a member of the Hashemite family, which traces their ancestry directly to the prophet Muhammad.

Head Choppers For Hillary

Riley Waggaman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

We understand that part of the job of Secretary of State involves "diplomacy", that long-forgotten art of talking to people instead of drone-bombing them. And we recognize that being an effective diplomat means building cordial, constructive relationships, even with countries that lob off the heads of Hogwarts graduates.

The King's Speech

David Hearst | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home
David Hearst

As long as there is no real democratic solution in the Middle East, the Islamic State group will continue to mutate like a pathogen that has become antibiotic-resistant in the body politic of the Middle East. Each time it changes shape, it will become more virulent.

My Father, the Late King Hussein, and FIFA

HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein | Posted 02.06.2017 | Sports
HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein

I reject the notion that FIFA cannot be reformed from within. The crisis at FIFA is a crisis of leadership.

Saudi Arabia Is More Dangerous as a Frenemy than Iran is as an Adversary

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Riyadh, America's nominal ally, has demonstrated that it is the more reckless of the two states, by executing an important Shia cleric and severing diplomatic relations with Iran.

The Jordan Imperative

Guy Golan | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
Guy Golan

The smile on Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during his meeting with NATO ministers said it all.

An Antidote for ISIS: Jordan's Hospitality Can Be Our Guide

Gail Straub | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Gail Straub

Arriving back home in New York just one day before the attacks on Paris, I have since been struck by the dramatic polar opposites of the unconditional hospitality extended in Jordan, and the unfathomable acts of violence committed by ISIS.

Furs, Gems and Watches: Foreign Leaders Shower US Government With Gifts

Vocativ | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home

There was no shortage of strange and notable presents from other nations. The mayor of Byblos, a town in Lebanon, gave U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Angus King (I-Maine) each a 98-million-year-old fish fossil.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan's Evolving Alliance

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
Giorgio Cafiero

As Middle Eastern conflicts raise tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan will find it increasingly challenging to navigate through the turmoil while maintaining a meaningful balance in its relationships with Riyadh and Tehran.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

While Saudi Arabia Goes to War Abroad, It's Simmering at Home

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Giorgio Cafiero

Saudi Arabia is a classic rentier state. In exchange for the absolute acquiescence of its 29 million subjects, the ruling al-Saud family provides services such as housing, health care, education, and a variety of subsidies -- all funded by the country's substantial oil wealth.

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.06.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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.