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Turkey-Russia: The Sultan and the Tsar Need for Each Other

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The Battle of Aleppo has changed the parameters of bargaining between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Erdogan, forcing the tsar and the sul...

Yemen Between Ending the Conflict and a Warrior's Break

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.10.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

The coming week is poised to see significant shifts in the Yemeni, Libya, and Syrian issues midwifed by the three UN envoys in charge of searching for political solutions to these conflicts, in which many local, regional, and international factors overlap and interact.

Saudi Arabia Should Be Disturbed, Not Reassured, Since It Poses a Worse Threat to the Middle East Than Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.19.2017 | Home
Doug Bandow

Last Month Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Riyadh to reassure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that the U.S. stood with them. "Nothing has changed" as a result of the nuclear pact with Iran, he insisted.

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.

Which Way Will Saudi Arabia Swing?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
Luay Al Khatteeb

Each week seems to bring new twists in Middle Eastern geopolitics, with shockwaves on the energy market and in particular oil prices. The recent reshuffle in Saudi Arabia heralds a major break with established tradition and watershed in the trends of the oil industry.

'The Shawati' Interviews': Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"It is easy to be pessimistic, and to feel like a victim, but we need films that inspire us to go out and change things for the better. We have plenty of tragedy in real life in this part of the world; we don't need films to reinforce an already pervasive sense of despair."

The Case for Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home
Faisal J. Abbas

As there is nothing in Sharia that prohibits women from driving then would it be right for us as adherers of Islam to prohibit a matter which God has allowed?