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Hey Saudi Arabia: Let the Kids Play Pokemon (and Participate in Politics)!

Atif Choudhury | Posted 07.25.2016 | World
Atif Choudhury

Thursday February 23, 2011 is a date I will never forget. My roommate came home late that evening, and I immediately knew something wasn't right. Always quick to flash a boyish grin, his face instead bore a look of pure fear mixed with adrenaline on his face. He seemed to have aged a decade.

How can there be guardianship over women in a modern Saudi Arabia?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 07.25.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

So much has happened over the past 10 days: a terrorist attack in France on Bastille Day, a failed Turkish coup, Donald Trump officially become the Re...

Sports: A barometer of Saudi reform

James Dorsey | Posted 07.13.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Mohammed Simsim, the president of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting Federation, embodies existential dilemmas involved in Saudi depu...

Saudi Arabian Social Justice Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair Continues to Fight for Social Justice from Prison

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

"Even from prison, you can still light a candle" Waleed Abu al-Khair began to practice law in Saudi Arabia in 2007. He quickly earned an internat...

Men's Hair Takes Centre Stage in Battle Over Legitimacy of Political Islam

James Dorsey | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
James Dorsey

The Muslim world's battle over the legitimacy of political Islam has expanded to the soccer pitch as proponents and opponents of interpreting the faith politically seek to impose their public morals with men's hairstyles and facial hair taking centre stage.

Women: A Benchmark of Saudi and Iranian Reform

James Dorsey | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
James Dorsey

With Saudi Arabia announcing plans for a major restructuring of the kingdom's economy and Iran gearing up to become a regional hegemon, women's sports is emerging as a benchmark of reform, and one that so far is less than promising.

President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Execution

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

One concrete outcome that President Obama could pursue on his visit to Saudi Arabia is saving the lives of three Shia youth sentenced to be executed for participating in nonviolent protests.

Obama's Gulf Abandonment Issues

Nicholas McGeehan | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Nicholas McGeehan

President Obama might be in for a frosty reception when he heads to Riyadh on April 21 for a Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting, after his widely quoted characterization of "a number of Gulf states" as "free-riders."

Obama in the Gulf: Opportunity in Troubled Relations

James Dorsey | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

President Barak Obama has a challenge and an opportunity when he meets this week first with Saudi King Salman and then with the leaders of the six Gulf states. His challenge is to manage increasingly fundamentally diverging policy differences.

Money in Politics Hurts MENA and US

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I think the kind of regime change the United States has brought forth over many, many years has been counterproductive. ~Senator Bernie Sanders to The...

How Saudi Arabia Is Losing Influence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was once at the front and center of the Arab world and a significant player on the global stage due to its oil riches, has been steadily losing its regional influence and prominent role.

Saudi Player's Public Haircut Spotlights Kingdom's Existential Dilemmas

James Dorsey | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Waleed Abdullah probably didn't know what was happening to him when a referee delayed kick-off of a Saudi premier league match to cut the Al Shabab FC goalkeeper's hair.

'Roads To Olympia': A Film With Impact

Roads To Olympia | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Roads To Olympia

By Aaron Weiss for Roads To Olympia On the set of Roads To Olympia The art of storytelling can be a very powerful tool. Will the combination of mov...

Days Before the Brussels Attacks, This Muslim Leader Issued a Call for Peace and Justice

Atif Rashid | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Atif Rashid

We can be as careful at our airports, train stations and public buildings as we like but until we stop handing our enemies the means to attack us, the situation will only continue to be exasperated.

Dutch Lawmakers Pass Bill To Ban Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.17.2016 | World

The Dutch Parliament passed a bill Tuesday asking the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that the Arab kingdom has viola...

Saudi Arabia's Future: Will Al Saud's Partnership with Wahhabism Hold?

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia may be heading into a perfect storm of economic problems, social challenges and foreign policy crises. Tumbling commodity and energy pric...

Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home. - Kofi...

A Blame Game: The Worst Thing Iran and Saudi Arabia Can Instigate

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

To exchange accusations and call each other the root cause of the chaos that plagues the Middle East is to deflect responsibility for the despair that is inundating the crisis-stricken region.

Saudi Arabia Uses Soccer to Isolate Iran

James Dorsey | Posted 01.11.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia is using soccer and its influence in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to expand its campaign to isolate Iran, complicate Iran's return to the international fold in the wake of the nuclear agreement, strengthen Iranian hardliners in advance of next month's crucial elections in the Islamic republic, and deflect attention from mounting criticism of the kingdom's human rights record.

Saudi Executions: Beyond the Numbers

Halim Shebaya | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Halim Shebaya

This is a crucial point for our societies. Let us not get lost in an argument about who executes more or fewer individuals every year, as if a lower ranking signals an achievement of sorts for us to take pride in.

Soccer highlights domestic drivers in Saudi-Iranian dispute

James Dorsey | Posted 01.04.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and Iran, highlighting the domestic drivers of mounting tension that threatens to deepen and complicate sectarian and...

Fiorina and Carson Defend Saudi Use Of Sharia Law To Kill 47

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.03.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential hopefuls shied away from condemning Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 prisoners Sunday, instead highlighting the strong allianc...

The Nation That Executed 47 In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.02.2016 | World

Saudi Arabia’s announcement Saturday that it executed 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, caused protests in Shiite neighborhoods ...

The Failure Of Saudi Intervention In Yemen

Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Khairuldeen Al Makhzoomi

Military operations resulted in an economic recession and deepened local infighting. Saudi Arabia has also lost soldiers in battle and faces increased retaliatory attacks. To avoid further bloodshed, it would be wise for Saudi Arabia to consider using diplomacy rather than facing the Houthis head-on.

Saudi Arabia Is Set to Crucify Pro-democracy Teenage Protester

Michael Sainato | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Michael Sainato

Al-Nimr was tortured into giving a false confession, never had a lawyer, had his appeal done in secret without his knowledge. A criminal justice system as medieval and gruesome as this should not exist in the world today.