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A New PLO Will Emerge After Reconciliation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If the agreed timetable for Palestinian reconciliation is adhered to, we are promised to witness the reemergence of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the embodiment of the aspirations of Palestinians.

Why Have the Arab Monarchies Survived?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

To date, only presidents have fallen from power during the Arab Awakening -- no king has fallen from his throne. Arab monarchies are of course not immune to the forces that brought down some of their republican counterparts, so why have they all thus far survived?

Jordan-Palestinian Confederation Talks No Longer Taboo

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is unlikely that East Bankers, already concerned that their role and importance is being eroded, will easily accept the suggestion that the Kingdom agree to an agreement with the PLO regarding the country's long-term status.

Amid Conflict, New Global Interfaith Center Replaces Fear With Hope

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The juxtaposition of events was at once startling and profoundly reassuring. Only a few days after a cease-fire put an end to missile fire between Israel and Gaza, I attended the opening of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

What Happens When Governments Foster Interfaith Action?

Rev. Donald Heckman | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Donald Heckman

The involvement of multiple governments -- with resources, not just platitudes -- could create a global political climate of expectation for religious tolerance. The stakes just changed in that regard.

Saudi Interfaith Center Opens In Vienna To Questions And Hopes

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion

(Reuters) - The road to reform in Saudi Arabia is long and winding. In the rigidly restricted field of religion, the path is so circuitous that part o...

Obsequiousness to Power -- the IMF's to OPEC

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Perhaps we should take Mme. Lagarde's effusiveness before OPEC to heart and learn from her standards. If one of the world's most prestigious international institutions can render such homage to brazen price conspirators, we should act accordingly.

Saudi Rides the Wave

Michael Brenner | Posted 10.20.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

The reverberations from the Arab Spring that have shaken the established order across the Middle East have been felt acutely in Riyadh, where Saudi leaders were badly rattled by the spread of revolutionary sentiments. The turbulent aftermath has confirmed their worst fears.

Saudi Arabia To Allow Women To Compete In Olympics

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2012 | Sports

RIYADH, June 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympic Games for the first time ever in London this summer...

Watch The Throne: King Abdullah In Mecca For Crown Prince's Burial

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 08.17.2012 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The aged king of Saudi Arabia led a burial ceremony Sunday for his brother, Crown Prince Nayef Abdul-Aziz, in the holy city of...

Saudi Women Take The Wheel

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street... they’re sitting in their cars. Women all over Saudi Arabia a...

Women In The Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?

Saudi King Dismisses Ultraconservative Adviser Over Women Rights Issue

AP | By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 07.12.2012 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has dismissed a controversial ultraconservative adviser after he publicly criticized reforms aime...

Jordanians and Palestinians at a New Crossroad

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 06.18.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

King Abdullah has frequently gone out of his way to assert that "Jordan is Jordan" and "Palestine is Palestine." He has also encouraged Hamas to dispel the possibility of Jordan serving as a substitute homeland.

King Abdullah's Growing Anxiety Over the Two-State Solution

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

Jordan fears that in the absence of a political solution, Israel, the Palestinians or perhaps the international community would eventually seek to solve the crisis at Jordan's expense

Something Is Happening in Jordan

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

King Abdullah's government just confirmed that Khaled Mashal, Hamas' supreme leader, is about to visit the Kingdom of Jordan. Really? Jordan of the moderate King, who goes the extra mile to convince us all that Jordan is not Palestine?

Saudi Arabia's Consequential King

Rob Sobhani | Posted 11.15.2011 | World
Rob Sobhani

In the current combustible dynamic of a fragile Middle East, Washington and its European allies are fortunate to have King Abdullah as their partner.

Moammar Gaddafi's Death May Bring Tribal Warfare Before Democracy

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Do we celebrate the death of a despot or should we set aside our joy to consider that Gaddafi's enemies violated the basic tenets of Islam to kill him?

Hundreds Attend Saudi Crown Prince's Funeral

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 12.25.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Hundreds of men in flowing white robes and red-checkered head dresses packed a mosque in the Saudi capital Tuesday for th...

Saudi Succession Committee Under the Spotlight as Country Mourns Crown Prince

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 12.23.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It was business as unusual on the first day of the week in Saudi Arabia, as millions of Saudis woke to the disturbing news of the passing of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, long-time Defense Minister and heir to the throne since 2005.

Saudi Reforms Thwarted By Puritanical Laws

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The Saudi monarch's decree to give women voting rights for municipal elections in 2015 was generally welcomed as a giant step on the road to reform. However, the celebration could be premature.

LOOK: Meet Adel Al-Jubeir, The Alleged Assassination Target

Posted 12.11.2011 | DC

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, has been identified as the target of an assassination attempt by "factions of the I...

The Rights Of Women In Saudi Arabia

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

It may seem too little, too late, but like many other Saudi women, Deema al-Jaber, 23, believes that this edict is only a prelude for relaxing many other restrictions that marginalize Saudi women.

Hurrah for Saudi Women and Their King!

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Terry Kelhawk

American women take for granted, and sometimes even bemoan, the soccer-mom type need for driving themselves and others around on errands. Yet for years, my Saudi friends in America have held out this commonplace activity as a hope.

Women Can Vote In Next National Election, Saudi King Says

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 11.25.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, considered a reformer by the standards of his own ultraconservative kingdom, decreed on Sun...